This course has concessions available

Intro To Counselling – Online

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

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

- 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

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

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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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’