Not just for those looking to pursue a career in counselling
Learning counselling skills is beneficial to any area of life whether for personal development or as a vocation. The Introduction to Counselling course is open to anyone and the skills acquired throughout the course are transferable.
Did you know ‘listening’ is one of the most important aspects of communication?
With as many as one in four people experiencing a mental health ill health each year in the UK, the course provides communication tools to understand, observe, empathise and help to effectively listen to those around us.
This interactive course benefits those who are responsible for others in any role including managers, team workers, teachers, parents and carers. Whether working in private or public health, nursing, caring, counselling, mental health, teaching, mentoring, guidance, customer services, human resources, management, or pastoral areas.
It may dispel myths and preconceived ideas you may have had about counselling. You may be inspired to learn more about yourself and possibly look to seek your own therapy.
New Virtual course dates available to book now!
Introduction to Counselling course online via Zoom.
Due to popular demand we are working hard to add extra course dates. Please check back for additional dates or complete the contact form below to be added to our mailing list to be notified.
Online Introduction to Counselling £285
*FULLY BOOKED* Tuesday evenings| 7 July – 11 August: 6pm – 9pm | 6 week course
*FULLY BOOKED* Friday mornings | 10 July – 31 July: 10am – 1.30pm | 4 week course
*FULLY BOOKED* Wednesday mornings | 5 August – 26 August: 10am – 1.30pm | 4 week course
Dates for September will be released over the summer, please keep checking the website and sign up using the form below for updates.
We will still be keeping our virtual class sizes small so that you receive the very best learning experience possible, so early booking is as always advisable. If you wish for your employer to pay for you to attend this course, please email us and we will register you on to the course and send them an invoice for the full amount.
What skills will I learn?
- Enhance your communication skills
Effectively communicating allows you to understand and be understood by others, and involves listening, speaking, observing and empathising.
- Active Listening
Developing active listening skills will help harness inter-personal relationships as well as our ability to influence, persuade, negotiate and avoid conflicts. Non-verbal communication and body language play an equally important part of active listening.
- Empathy vs Sympathy
You will explore the difference between empathy and sympathy and its importance when having conversations with others and in counselling and everyday situations.
- Personal Development
You will learn about yourself and the positive impact counselling skills can play. Discover more about self-awareness and experience what it’s like to be in a counselling session, both as a counsellor and as a client.
- Learn about the role of a counsellor
The course allows you to participate in practical techniques which help to understand and explore the role of a counsellor or as a someone seeking counselling. Learn how closed and open questions work and how to respond with reflective counselling skills which can help to facilitate different perspectives on situations.
- Counselling Skills in the workplace
Having empathy for others is an important part of relationship building and improving mental health in the workplace. Being mindful of the thoughts, feelings, and needs of others improves productivity and morale. There are times in the workplace when you may have to deal with conflict. Although you may not always agree with others’ opinions, it’s important to be open to the experiences and perspectives of your peers, and the best way to demonstrate this is through active listening.
Endings are something we will all experience and the course explores loss and the impact it can have, not just from bereavement, but from loneliness, isolation, relationships.
Exploring Counselling as a career
You will increase your knowledge and understanding of what is means to be a counsellor. If you’re unsure which modality of counselling you would like to study in, this course gives you an overview of the different modalities and what training involves before you commit fully which includes psychodynamic, person centred, integrative and CBT.
Online and when we resume face to face training:
St Albans | Welwyn Garden City | Bedford | Luton | Letchworth Garden City | London (Clapham)
Our student feedback
“A really interesting, insightful and enjoyable course, thank you!”
“I have really enjoyed the short course, I am so impressed with the standard of teaching”
“I found the real life experiences of counselling very informative and the course tutor a great inspiration for moving forward in counselling”
“Informative and fun interactive sessions”
“The Introduction to Counselling course exceeded all my expectations. The teaching was fantastic and the content was pitched at just the right level and with sufficient depth to be thoroughly worthwhile. There was a really good relationship between the group that worked just as well online as it had in the few sessions we met in person pre-lockdown. I didn’t feel that anything was lost because the training wasn’t face-to-face – the breakout rooms in Zoom meant we could work with partners just as we would have done in person.
I’d recommend this course to anyone who either wants to find out whether counselling is for them or to understand more about communicating and how to listen. In fact, if everyone did this course, the world would be a better place!”
Next steps | Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory ?
The course may inspire you to go on and study our Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills & Theory is a 1-year part time access course which starts in September 2020. It is not necessary to do the Introduction course prior to the Foundation Certificate but recommended.
The academic year will start September 2020 and run to early July 2021 in St Albans, Luton, Bedford, Welwyn Garden City and London but will be delivered online if required.
Booking Terms and Conditions:
To reserve a place we must receive your non-refundable registration fee of £50. You will then be contacted for the final balance.
Though numbers for our workshops are limited, it is also necessary to achieve a minimum attendance to make the course viable. In cases where the minimum attendance is not achieved, we reserve the right to cancel workshops; participants will have their fees fully refunded or offered an alternative session.
Late applications cannot be guaranteed a place; however we will endeavour to accommodate you.
Attendance: The first seminar must be attended by all participants who book onto this course. To receive your Certificate of Attendance you must attend at least 75% of the sessions and must notify your tutor if you will miss a session.
Cancellations: Must be made in writing to email@example.com. In the event of the facilitator cancelling due to adverse weather/illness/or unforeseen circumstances the participant may choose to be refunded or booked onto the rearranged course or choose another Introduction to Counselling course.
In the event of a cancellation by the participant up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, we will refund the final balance only. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Fees will not be refunded for any cancellations made by the participant less than 2 weeks prior to the start of course.
By booking your place on this course you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.