Introduction to counselling - Pathways

Ref: C3845367

This short course will take a journey into the skills of the counsellor. To do so we will have to consider the nature of the self, since the self is the focus of the any of the main counselling approaches. From there we will consider the 3 main approaches to counselling and consider how these approaches are all based on differing understanding of just what a human being is.From there we will consider what are called the “Core Conditions”. We need to know why these conditions are the core of all legitimate counselling practice. Counselling is about the client’s personal growth and development with an outcome of emotional health’ If this is an idea that attracts you then…come and find out more! Counselling skills are not just for a counsellor: Another name for counselling skills is helping skills.

Course aim

To introduce students to the main approaches of counselling skills and practice and show the counselling intention is to support people in need of help to solve internal conflicts.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Identify the purpose and practice of counselling
  • Recognise the “Core Conditions” and how they apply in all forms of counselling practice
  • Identify the 3 major schools of counselling practice and explore some of the theories that lie behind the practice
  • Consider the implications of the concept of the “Internal Frame of Reference”
  • Recognise the place of ethics and sound moral conduct needed in counselling practice

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, working in pairs, class discussions, short tasks and research

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to counselling - Pathways

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  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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