Counselling: an introduction

Course Dates: 22/01/20 - 01/04/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Enhance your personal skills, learn more about yourself and take your first step in counselling training on this primarily experiential course, underpinned by the theory of the person centred approach.

This course is exempt from our usual refund and transfer policy, therefore if you change your mind and would like a refund you must request this at least 3 week before the course is due to start. We charge an admin fee of 20% (minimum £10) per refund processed. We will not give you a refund for this course if we receive your request less than 3 weeks before the course starts or once the course has started.


What is the course about?

The course will introduce you to counselling and experiential learning. You'll discover what attitudes and personal qualities counsellors need to develop, and explore some of the main ideas and practices of the person-centred approach (PCA). You'll learn about and practise listening and responding skills and be encouraged to learn more about yourself. You'll also have the chance to look at further training opportunities in counselling. Please note that students who do not attend at least one of the first two sessions will forfeit their place and lose their fee. This course is exempt from our standard refund policy.

What will we cover?

- What is counselling and how does it differ from other helping relationships?
- Skills, attitudes and personal qualities needed by counsellors
- Listening and other counselling skills
- An introduction to the person-centred approach and a brief comparison with other approaches
- Awareness of diversity and differences between people (gender, sexuality, ethnicity)
- Ethical and good practice issues
- Personal development: finding out more about yourself and why this is important for counsellors
- Progression routes in counselling training.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Reflect on what you have learnt about yourself and how you relate to others
- Define counselling
- Identify the core qualities of a counsellor
- Use listening and a range of other counselling skills
- Begin and end a helping dialogue
- Describe the core conditions of the person-centred approach
- Identify the importance of cultural differences in the helping relationship
- Identify future learning goals
- Describe some ethical issues in counselling.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Level 1 is introductory. Students are asked to come willing to draw on their own experiences and be open to those of other students. You will need to be a fluent speaker of English, be able to listen and respond to others and take part in discussions. If you want to be considered for the next level you will need to write about your experiences in a learning journal and read some recommended texts.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The emphasis is on learning through experience. There will be exercises in pairs and in threes, small groups and the large group (max 18 students). There will also be tutor input and handouts provided. You'll be asked to keep a journal as a way of reflecting on yourself and your learning throughout the course. Towards the end of the course, you will be asked to produce a short piece of writing which summarises your learning.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will be given some handouts but you will need to bring your own pen and notebook. Prior to the course, you may wish to read Sanders, P (2011) First Steps in Counselling, Ross-on-Wye; PCCS Books. During the course, material will be drawn from the following texts: Mearns, D & Thorne, B (2007) Person-Centred Counselling in Action, 3rd Edition, London: Sage; Rogers, C (1980) A Way of Being, Houghton Mifflin.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course continues with a Level 3 Certificate in counselling skills: PC300 , PC302 and PC310 .

For further information, please contact the department on 020 7492 2530 or [email protected]


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

I have spent the last year in recovery and volunteering around vulnerable adults in addiction, I'm familiar with peer support, so this seemed like a good move to develop myself further and help others. The people I have met are amazing all from very different walks of life. Would definitely recommend this to everyone, the self development aspect is second to none.
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Review by Jayne / (Posted on 13/10/2019)
Just do it - it will change your life!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/04/2019)
Fascinating, occasionally challenging, ultimately very rewarding introductory course. Recommended to anyone curious about the profession as both an informative and enriching experience.
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Review by Andrew Salmond / (Posted on 14/04/2019)
Come with an open mind and a willingness to share
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Review by LornaB / (Posted on 08/04/2019)
It's a great place to study
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Review by DK / (Posted on 01/04/2019)
A really interesting, engaging and enjoyable introduction to counselling skills. I learned far more than expected and was surprised to find my counselling skills improving in just 10 weeks. Our tutor was excellent and provided a perfect combination of theory and practice, tutor-led activities, paired and group work. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in developing their social skills, improving personal relationships and learning more about themselves.
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Review by Vikki Gale / (Posted on 28/03/2019)
You will get a basic understanding of what counselling is and a taster to potentially entice you to continue your studies further, should you want to be a counsellor
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Review by Vidushi Gupta / (Posted on 20/03/2019)
Excellent introduction to the subject.
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Review by Alison / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
I would strongly recommend taking this course to anyone interested. Using a combination of theory and experiential learning has been an amazing way of understanding how counselling works. Insightfully taught and a pleasure to have attended!
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Review by Miriam / (Posted on 17/03/2019)
This course is really hands on, interactive and interesting - a great foundation in person centred counselling. The tutor was hugely engaging and really gave great insight into what skills and attributes it takes to start the road towards becoming a professional counsellor
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 15/03/2019)
You need to go prepared to be open and to listen, and to reflect on who you are and why you are here.
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Review by annanon / (Posted on 14/03/2019)
Well worth it!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/03/2019)
A good basic introduction to counselling, especially if considering a career switch
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
This is a great introduction to counselling. Combines learning about key counselling theories and give the chance to apply them in practice sessions in class.
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Review by C Rowles / (Posted on 29/11/2018)
This was a really well organised course - well thought-out, aiming to provide a snapshot of the three main approaches to counselling together with some general issues surrounding the very nature of counselling and the ethical concerns involved. I was very impressed with the quality of teaching provided by our tutor, and, above all, her ability to guide and direct in a very discrete, sensitive and unobtrusive manner. This, I feel, was the main reason why I and my colleagues found it easy to relax, reflect and share our experiences - things were not rushed, yet there was structure throughout. I would highly recommend the course - it was a very quick, effective and, above all, enjoyable way for me to get to grips with the very essence of counselling and decide what I wanted to do next.
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Review by I don't have any, but if this is helpful, I attended the Wednesday evening class with Delrose Bowes as a tutor / (Posted on 10/07/2016)
This course has changed my life ! I don't say that lightly. The way I thought about things and my reaction and interaction with people has changed for the better. An amazing tutor in [tutor's name removed] who delivered everything he promised in week one. He made the course informative, interesting and fun. He made the environment safe so opening up and being honest wasn't scary ! This is what I want to persue now as a career and it is because of this brilliant course.
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Review by T / (Posted on 25/03/2015)
I rarely leave reviews, simply because I rarely feel strongly enough about experiences to commit my views to print. However, I loved every minute of this course. There are three main reasons for this:

(1) The content: part-theory, part-experiential, all fascinating. You will experience a little of the different therapeutic approaches, learn things about yourself that you never expected, develop listening skills that will stand you in good stead for life, and examine aspects of your life (friendships, relationships) in a way that could just transform them.

(2) The students. It turns out that counselling students are an unusually kind, respectful, sensitive and empathetic group of people. Having retained not a single friend from school or university, I now feel as though I have made a group of friends for life, and feel a great deal of affection for them all. 90% of us are staying in touch, and I’ve made plans to meet up again with many.

(3) The tutor: [The tutor] is the most fun, kind, warm, encouraging teacher. He made every session exciting, intellectually stimulating, safe and fun. Introducing humour and levity isn’t always easy when you’re dealing with such deep topics, but we all laughed a lot, and learned a lot too from his excellent course materials.

Even if you’re unsure you want to be a counsellor, do take this opportunity to experience this course. I will always be grateful that I did.
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Review by Daisy (Poppy) Cooper / (Posted on 24/03/2015)

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Course Code: PC227

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Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £289.00
Senior fee: £289.00
Concession: £176.00

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