This practical, informative and stimulating course will introduce the student to essential counselling theories, qualities, techniques and skills. It will help you better understand the counselling process, and will help you to develop a relationship with clients that is helpful, therapeutic and transformative.
In addition to developing effective listening skills, you will learn how to use basic counselling microskills to convey empathy, and to support, the client. These will also assist with the exploration process so the client is able to better understand, and effectively deal with, the challenges of life.
You will also have the chance to study in more depth one of two popular counselling approaches: cognitive behavioural therapy or solution focused brief therapy. You will learn about the theory, techniques and skills associated with this theoretical approach, and learn how to apply it in a way that is meaningful to clients.
Note: The college teaches and uses Egan’s The Skilled Helper Model.
There is no prior knowledge or experience required to embark on this diploma course. You are free to commence at a time that suits your schedule – and then continue at your pace for a period of 12 months. Full tutor support is provided for this course.
Click here for Diploma in Counselling Skills Syllabus
Suggested textbook for the course (to be purchased by the student)
Egan, G. (2013). The skilled helper: A problem management and opportunity development approach to helping (10th Ed.). Brooks Cole/ Thomson: London.