Introduction to Counselling

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Course code: PP1395G

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.


From 28 Apr 2025 to 23 Jun 2025
Mon 14:00-17:00

7 weeks

28 Apr 2025
14:00 to 17:00
12 May 2025
14:00 to 17:00
19 May 2025
14:00 to 17:00
02 Jun 2025
14:00 to 17:00
09 Jun 2025
14:00 to 17:00
16 Jun 2025
14:00 to 17:00
23 Jun 2025
14:00 to 17:00


Weymouth Library 

Great George Street



full fee for this course: £84.00  (concessions free) .


Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

01202 123444

What the course is about

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

<p>The course will cover:</p>

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

<p><br />
This course will improve your acquisition of skills for personal satisfaction, training, employment, or self-employment.</p>

<p>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. </p>

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

<p>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. </p>

<p>If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you can be invited to meet with our Progression Officer, or a Work Coach, to identify other learning and work placement opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects.</p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>An Application process is applicable to this course. Please go to <a href=""></a> to apply online. For term dates please refer to <a href=" /"> </a>.</p>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop, which will be reviewed at regular intervals.</p>

<p>There is no qualification attached to this course.</p>

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

<p>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.</p>

<p>We have designed this course to support you with the initial skills for the health and social care sector. This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. Please be aware that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. If your tutor does not feel that the course is right for you during the first weeks of the course they will advise you and discuss deferring the course until a future date.</p>

<p>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.</p>

<p>English language skills at Level 1 is required.  You may be asked to complete an online assessment in English (and maths if applicable) prior to submitting a course application or as part of an Admission Session.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>All learning materials will be provided. Please bring along a pen and notebook to each session. <strong>Course costs for Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 courses</strong> For information regarding any <strong>funding</strong> for this course please <strong>please refer to</strong> the Finance page on our website <a href=""></a>. <strong>PLEASE NOTE –</strong> 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.</p>

Next Step

<p>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. 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 to young people. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. See our website <a href=""></a> for more details. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by Ansbury or the National Careers Service <a href=""></a> For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.</p><p>Need support planning your next steps? Our experienced Careers Advisors at Skills &amp; Learning can offer personalised guidance on choosing the right course, exploring career paths, developing interview skills, updating your CV and much more. Book a FREE appointment today and get the support you need to achieve your goals. Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Call us at 01202 123444 for more information.</p>

Additional information

<p><strong>English, maths and computing skills:</strong> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.<br />
<strong>Refunds:</strong> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.<br />
<strong>Attendance:</strong> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.<br />
<strong>Places on courses:</strong> many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills &amp; Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.<br />
<strong>Fully funded learners:</strong> 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 />
<strong>Home study:</strong> you will&nbsp;be required to do significant&nbsp;study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.<br />
<strong>Qualification Levels:</strong> there is further information about qualification levels on our website.<br />
<strong>Proof of identity:</strong> 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 />
<strong>Off-site activities:</strong> 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 />
<strong>Parking at centres:</strong> 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 />
<strong>Refreshments:</strong> 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 />
<strong>Unspent Criminal Convictions</strong> we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to <a href=""></a>.<br />
If you have any <strong>accessibility or disability issues</strong> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail <a href=""></a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.</p>