This course has concessions available

Intro To Counselling

Learn the basic methods and practices of counselling; the skills which form the basis of the counselling relationship, for use in personal or community situations. The course carries a Certificate of Attendance. Entrance by special application form available in May. Interviews take place in July and September.

Information 2019-2020
Download the application pack here for the next course starting in September 2019

Who is this course for

This practical course is for students who wish to expand their use of listening skills within their current work (paid or voluntary). Also for students who are interested in finding out more about counselling. No previous knowledge is expected.

What does this course cover

The course has theoretical input and practical work in pairs or triads.

The topics will include:
- what is counselling - basic safety and trust while listening - basic counselling skills of: reflection and empathy - understanding power dynamics within a counselling setting - issues which arise from group discussion - developing self-awareness. The group will also create ground rules for operating in class.

- to be able to listen more attentively
- to be able to communicate using the basic reflective skills more effectively
- to begin observing themselves as a listener
- to begin reflecting on what's happening inside themselves
- eligible to apply for Level 3

Those enrolled on the evening course will attend an additional class on Saturday, 10.00-17.00 Date: 12 Oct 2019

What will it be like

- Informal discussion in small and large groups.
- Practical skills work through role-play and pair-work.
- Students' self-reflection on their own learning process.
At the start: Invite students to make a self-assessment of their skills & to reflect on why they are drawn to the course.
On the course: Feedback from tutor & peers about skills development Classroom observation to see how student is participating in the group.
At the end: Learning statement (student assessment) assessed by tutor. Brief skills work Reading is optional

What else do you need to buy or do

Writing materials. Small writing book to use as a personal journal.
Write a Learning Journal. Apply listening skills where appropriate outside the classroom. Optional reading.

What this course could lead to

Level 3 Counselling Skills, and possible progression to Level 4 Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Both courses are run at the Mary Ward Centre. Please note: Progression to Level 3 Counselling Skills and the Diploma is NOT automatic. Students may also be interested in therapeutic writing, see the Writing section.


I got to know such a diverse mix of people on my course - the coffee breaks turned out to be just as interesting as the classes!



This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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