Counselling For Beginners

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 135 Conc £51 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Friday 10:00 - 12:00 10 MAC 27/09/2019 06/12/2019 HC1025

What will the course cover?

This course will examine a variety of counselling models and techniques used in counselling. It will explore the importance of empathy and effective communication along with basic counselling skills such as active listening, reflection and constructive feedback. The aim is for participants to develop skills that enhance their communication skills which can help them when counselling others, but can equally be applied to a variety of interactions and settings.

Who is the course for?

Anyone wishing to know the basics of counselling either for personal development or as the basis for further studies and eventual employment.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Your spoken and written English should be fairly fluent.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You can go on to the Birkbeck College counselling courses. The tutor will advise.

How is the course organised?

Lectures and class discussions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Some reading will be required.

How will my progress be assessed?

A record of your work will be kept in your Individual Learning Plan to chart the steps taken towards achieving your goals.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Tutor will advise.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Tutor will advise.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.