An Introduction to Counselling

Ref: C3127493

This is an interactive and practical skills based course, involving lots of group participation. It will teach you about different routes into counselling training, while exploring the different counselling modalities, counselling ethics, boundaries and legalities. Students will learn and practise basic listening and responding skills including: attending, focusing, reflecting feelings, rapport building and questioning. This course aims to develop self-awareness and improve active listening skills.

Course aim

This course is for people who have a keen interest in work that helps others, people who wish to improve their communication - particularly their listening skills.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To differentiate between the different routes into counselling training.
  • To identify and understand the importance of ethics and boundaries in helping work.
  • To apply the core conditions to helping work.
  • To learn and practise basic listening and responding skills.
  • To develop self-awareness.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It may be useful to bring a notepad and pen, plus a folder to take notes and store handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • This is a great introduction to further counselling studies.

Download full course information sheet

An Introduction to Counselling

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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