The course allows you to make a more informed choice as to whether or not to embark on a demanding vocational training towards a future in counselling or a similar career where counselling skills would be useful. It is intended for anyone with an interest in counselling, using counselling skills, improving their relationship and communication skills or personal development.
What will I learn?
The course is very practical and a lot of learning comes from practice in trios and group discussion. You will develop knowledge in counselling skills and theory, further your personal development and learn if training as a professional counsellor is the right path for you. It is stressed that the introductory nature of this course is such that nobody is qualified at the end of this course to use counselling skills or to be a counsellor. Please note that the course is not available for students under the age of 19.
How will I be assessed?
Written work: You will be asked to write short piece of work summarising learning gained from the course. Practical: The assessment process includes self-assessment and peer and tutor feedback on your development using basic counselling skills when listening and self-evaluation of your participation in exercise as an important part of self-awareness.
This course is open access but you should be aware that even at this level personal development and self-awareness work can be emotionally demanding and you are encouraged to seek support during the course if needed.
Progression & Career Opportunities
On completion of this course you can progress through the levels of counselling qualifications. The introductory nature of this introductory course means you will not be qualified at the end of this course to use counselling skills or to be a counsellor. On successfull completion of the higher level counselling courses you could become a counsellor or work in counselling situations.
Core book to purchase: First Steps in Counselling by Pete Sanders, From Person-Centred Counselling Books. You will also need paper and a pen.