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Introduction to Counselling


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What is counselling? How does it help? How does it differ from a good conversation with a friend?

The main aims of this Introduction to Counselling Skills course will be to:

  • introduce you to the basic ideas, aims and methods of the main types of counselling
  • give you an understanding of what counselling is, and how it is different from other supportive roles
  • offer you the opportunity to learn about yourself and to develop greater self-awareness.

This 10-week course will broadly outline some of the main assumptions of counselling work, and demonstrate how the work is different from other roles, such as friendship and other helping professions. With a good understanding of counselling in general, you will be introduced to the history of talking treatment from Freud to the contemporary context. You will learn about three major counselling modalities on this course - an exploration of psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural counselling. A key aspect of Introduction to Counselling Skills is the development of self-awareness and the capacity for self-reflection: these skills will be developed through a series of experiential exercises.

The course is ideal if you have no previous knowledge or experience of counselling and want to learn more. You can take it as a standalone course or, if you wish to gain more skills and knowledge in this area, you can use the credits from this short course when applying for our Counselling and Counselling Skills Cert HE.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.