Introduction to Counselling Skills

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    This course introduces learners to a set of listening and responding skills that can be used in a wide range of helping and listening roles, from care and youth workers, teachers and charity volunteers through to counsellors and life coaches.

    This qualification is for candidates who want to learn initial counselling skills to be able to help and support others in either a voluntary or employed capacity. It will not teach you to be a counsellor, but it may help you decide whether or not you want to train as one.

    This 30 hour course leads to a nationally regulated qualification on the Qualification and Credit Framework (RQF) awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - the only OFQUAL approved awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling and supervision.

    The course covers seven areas:

    • Using initial counselling skills safely
    • Managing effective helping / listening sessions
    • Communicating empathic understanding
    • Maintaining focus on the client’s agenda and valuing diversity
    • Developing self awareness in order to be able to help others
    • Using listening and responding skills
    • Using self review and feedback from others to develop initial counselling skills

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    Each week students will learn about specific counselling skills and topics and then have an opportunity to practice skills in role plays with fellow students. After each role play students will receive constructive feedback from their tutor or peers to help them improve. In this way, students gradually learn how to manage a helping / listening session and to choose and use appropriate listening and responding skills.

    Students will need to compile a portfolio of written assignments (at least 1 per week) plus written feedback from peers and tutors regarding their use of skills in role plays.

    In addition to the 30 hours classroom time, learners should allow 30 hours additional study time over the life of the course.

    Students need to be aware that this course is not a substitute for personal counselling or other forms of support. In order to be able to safely help others we need to be emotionally healthy, have good self awareness and knowledge of our own limits.

    There are a number of options available at GC to help you pay for your course fees:

    • Setting up a Direct Debit: You’ll be asked for a 20% deposit when you enrol and this can be paid in cash, or by debit or credit card. Course fees must be paid in full by the end of your course so the monthly instalments would be adjusted accordingly e.g. for a one year course you would make 8 payments
    • Advanced Learner Loan: Contact Student Services to find out more and whether this course is eligible
    • Support for those that are unemployed and in receipt of benefits: Contact Student Services to find out if this course is eligible for funding and whether you are eligible

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