Introduction to Counselling Skills

Courses run in Spring and Autumn each year

Next Course

The next course will be running at the start of 2021. 

The course

This introductory course to counselling is for those who either wish to enhance their listening skills at work or for those who are interested in understanding the role of a counsellor and thinking about undertaking counselling training.

The course will provide you with a secure and first-class foundation into understanding and demonstrating counselling skills. Each session promises to be rich and interesting.

For those wanting to go on to further training you will learn important points to help you to decide whether it is the right course for you, before committing to the full-time degree.

The course is taught over 8 sessions which take place on a week day evening.

Counselling skills

We teach the importance of the counselling relationship and will give you some insight into the main areas of counselling theory and skills. We will also help you focus on your own personal development.

We will cover practical topics including:

  • how to actively listen to and communicate with others with interest;
  • how to attend to the relationship when you are listening;
  • paraphrasing, summarising and checking.

Theoretical topics include:

  • understanding the importance of confidentiality;
  • empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence.;
  • working with differences;
  • ethical considerations and boundaries.

Personal development

You will learn about yourself through the course reading, through writing a personal reflective log, and also through participating in a personal development group for 45 minutes each teaching session.

To enquire about the next course please email Nikkita on nikkita@matrix.ac.uk