Course Information: Counselling - Introduction

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This course provides a basic introduction to counselling, to prepare learners wishing to progress on to the Level 2 Counselling Skills course, or for learners simply wishing to gain a better understanding of counselling skills.

When and Where


From 22 Apr 2020 to 01 Jul 2020
Wed 09:30-12:30
for 10 weeks

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22 Apr 2020
09:30 to 12:30
29 Apr 2020
09:30 to 12:30
06 May 2020
09:30 to 12:30
13 May 2020
09:30 to 12:30
20 May 2020
09:30 to 12:30
03 Jun 2020
09:30 to 12:30
10 Jun 2020
09:30 to 12:30
17 Jun 2020
09:30 to 12:30
24 Jun 2020
09:30 to 12:30
01 Jul 2020
09:30 to 12:30


Weymouth Community Fire Station (SafeWise)
Weymouth Fire Station - SafeWise
481 Radipole Lane


Fees and concessions information

The full (undiscounted) fee for this course is £113 , the concession rate is Free. Please note that concession rates are subject to proof of eligibility. For more details please see our Terms and conditions

What the course is about

This is a good starting point if you want to develop skills for job roles helping adults and for those taking their first steps in developing counselling skills.

You will develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes, essential in the use of counselling skills.

The course will cover:

• Work within the limitations of the helping role
• Establish boundaries for helping work
• Communicate empathic understanding
• Focus on the client’s agenda
• Understand the importance of self-awareness in helping work
• Use listening and responding skills
• Use review and feedback to develop initial counselling skills

This course will improve your acquisition of skills for personal satisfaction, training, employment, or self-employment.

This course is subsidised by Government funding, so you should aim to attend the whole course.

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research, individual research and project work. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There may be vocational, specialist guest speakers or employers invited to share their skills and experience.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills.

Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas. To support this, you will undertake some e-learning modules, where appropriate, as homework.

If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you can be invited to meet with our Learning Adviser, or a Work Coach, to identify other learning and work placement opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects. We highly recommend that you engage fully in any other learning opportunities that we help you identify.

Pre-course information session or interview

An Application process is applicable to this course. Please read the application page on the website before applying. Once you have read the application page you may go ahead and apply.

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Assessment of progress, tests, exams

Your tutor will work with you to develop and review your progress throughout the course.

There is no qualification attached to this course.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with the initial skills for the health and social care sector.

You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required.

English language skills at Level 1.

Materials and costs

All learning materials will be provided.

Please bring along a pen and notebook to each session.

Course costs for Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 courses
Financial assistance towards course fees may be available depending on your personal circumstances. If you are receiving JSA, ESA (WRAG), Income Support (WRAG) or Universal Credit (mandated to undertake skills training) you will be eligible for a free course and will be provided with any essential items necessary to complete your qualification whilst you are on the course.

PLEASE NOTE – anything provided is on loan to you and must be returned at the end of the course. If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement.

If you are unemployed, looking for work and are in receipt of any other state benefit, you may be eligible for a concession. Please refer to the Financial Information Page on the website or phone 01202 262300 for further information.

Next Step

As a pathway option after completing the Introduction to Counselling course, Skills and Learning also offer Counselling Skills Level 2 and Level 3, plus we offer the two year Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Course.

There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. Our free drop-in Job Club sessions will help you to find and apply for local jobs.

There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. See the website for more details.

Up to date English and maths Functional Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.

Skills&Learning work with local employers to offer Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with our Learning Adviser about other Skills&Learning courses. Alternatively, general careers advice and guidance can be provided by Ansbury. For further information please contact us on 01202 262300.

Additional information

<b>English, maths and computing skills:</b> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.
<br><b>Refunds:</b> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.
<br><b>Attendance:</b> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible
<br><b>Places on courses:</b> some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner and you will not be eligible to a refund it its outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.
<br><b>Fully funded learners:</b> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.
<br><b>Home study:</b> you may be required to do some study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.
<br><b>Qualification Levels:</b> there is further information about qualification levels on our website. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.
<br><b>Proof of identity:</b> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.
<br><b>Off-site activities:</b> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.
<br><b>Parking at Centres:</b> parking at centres may be limited, please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.
<br><b>Refreshments:</b> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.
<br><b>Unspent Criminal Convictions</b> we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to <a href=""></a>.
<br>If you have any <b>accessibility or disability issues</b> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course please contact: 01202 262300 or e-mail <a></a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.