Counselling (Basic Skills)


This course covers the basics of counselling skills, enough to help with you in your everyday life, which most of us do especially with friends and family. It does not allow you to carry the title or use the status of ‘Counsellor’. The student must have a realisation that this course does not lead to any credible qualification, it only acts as a background support , thus it is the responsibility of the student to be aware of their limitations and know when to refer clients for professional help.


The course is based on life skills and person centred approach, with both practical and theory, and group discussion. The course will cover many general issues in life such as stress, bereavement, depression, anxiety and confidence.

Teaching methods will take place in a classroom environment, with books visual support, discussions, role-play and hypothetical situations.


To allow students to gain a basic knowledge of counselling skills
To be aware of different helping strategies
To be aware of clarifying and exploring skills
To give an insight of different elements covered by counselling
To Know when and how to approach the relevant bodies for professional help
To know the difference between counselling and interfering.


At the end of the course the student will have
A basic knowledge of counselling skills
Being aware of the needs of others
Being confident in making suggestions to help solve problems
Knowing the difference between empathy and sympathy


This counselling skills course views active listening, calibrating, communication (verbal & non-verbal) empathy, exploring, feedback (giving & receiving) mirroring, open questioning, positives & negatives, views & opinions.

Life skills views bereavement, changes, Depression, job loss, stress management, time management, relationships self help and awareness, all conducted through modules theory and practical.

Classroom environment: giving respect and understanding of each other as well as self, a tranquil environment providing positive conditions for one to learn along with colleges.

Personal awareness and understanding of self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-image, needs for our being. An awareness of attitudes, behaviour, expression and feelings.


Students will be monitored throughout the duration of the course. Advice and guidance available at all times during the course.

On completion of course, three case studies to be submitted, practical and theory exam to be taken under supervision.

Group size: 2-20
Times: Evenings or Afternoons
Dates & Times: Subject to local arrangements
Fees £20.00 deposit (non-refundable)
10 instalments of £10.00 or one payment of £80.00