Residential at the college

This course looks at unpacking what counselling means.  This course will develop your skills and allow 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 be able to 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 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 students who already have some experience in a volunteering/support capacity, or students who have either completed learning in other areas at Fircroft and are looking to progress into this type of work.  Students who have completed a number of Personal and Social Development programme would have gained a good foundation in the emotional wellbeing that underpins these courses. This is particularly if they are considering Counselling as a vocational route for the future.

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


28th March 2022 - 30th March 2022 ( 3 Days - 2 Nights) 



3 day (2 night) residential courses cost from £0 - £50 depending on your income


Level 2

Entry Requirements 

You must be working at an level 1 or above in literacy and in work or looking to gain employment.


You may progress onto other courses that have a personal and Employment focus such as:

Introduction to Counselling

Introduction to Mentoring

Introduction to Coaching

Mental Health Awareness

ILM Level 2 Certificate in Leadership and Team skills.


 You can move on to other Personal and Social Development Courses. This includes; Confidence and Assertiveness

Resilience and Coping Strategies

Coping with Stress

Coping with Change

Psychology of Human Relationships

Anger Management