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Basic Counselling Skills I

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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Basic Counselling Skills I will clarify what is actually meant by counselling and in what situations it may be useful.  It will include definitions of counselling skills; qualities of the helper; self-awareness and practice of interviewing skills and the process of actively listening. Prior enrolment is essential.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in counselling including informal helpers, voluntary counsellors and parents. The course will also help develop skills to support those who draw on counselling skills in the workplace, such as police work, social work, caring professions.

Learning and Teaching

Lectures, directed student reflection, partnered role-play, paired discussion and worksheets.

Themes include:

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning.

Assessment for this course:
Completed work sheets and week-by-week reflection submitted as a Learning Journal.

Reading suggestions

Egan, G. (1998) The Skilled Helper Brooks Cole
Nelson-Jones, R. (1997) (4th ed.)  Practical counselling and helping skills: text and exercises for the life-skills counselling model London : Cassell
Sanders, P. (1996) First Steps in Counselling PCCS
Velleman, R. and Aris, S. (2010) Counselling and Helping Blackwell Books (Based on the original by Steve Murgatroyd)

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.