Introduction to Counselling Skills

3 days and 2 nights at the college

Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th July 2024


Learn about the skills you need to develop for a counselling role, particularly if you are considering, or you are already, working or in a volunteering support role


This course could be FREE to you. Take a look at our fees page here


Level 2

This course looks at unpacking what counselling means and will develop your skills, allowing you to look at your communication skills when talking or supporting others.

If you work with or wish to work to support people you will recognise that there are many barriers to hinder us from fulfilling our potential. Being able to understand and support somebody through change or in a skills area, is a very fulfilling role.  

This course does not give you a qualified counsellor status, this course is looking at your skills and allowing you to identify when you are out of your depth and identify situations when a qualified counsellor is required and will show you how to work with your client to access this support. It may also be a good introduction if you are considering becoming a counsellor in the future and want to understand more of what it may entail.

This course aims to offer people without formal qualifications the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications, helping you to get on in life and in work. The course may be ideal for you if you already have some experience in a volunteering/support capacity, or if you have completed learning in other areas at Fircroft and are looking to progress into this type of work. 

Also – if you have completed a number of Personal and Social Development courses at the college, you will have gained a good foundation in the emotional wellbeing that underpins this course.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Describe the difference between active listening skills and counselling skills.
  • Understand the non-directive nature of counselling skills.
  • Know how to recognise own emotions.
  • Know how to use non-verbal communication.
  • Understand the role of theory that underpins the counselling process.
  • Understand professional boundaries in counselling practice

Entry Requirements 

You must be working at level 1 Literacy, or above