Introduction to Counselling SkillsAn intensive 12 session accredited course

January - March 2020 held in North Carlisle, Cumbria


Who should attend?

If you find yourself being approached by people for help; you enjoy listening to others and you would like to learn more about yourself, then this course could be ideal for you. It will enable you to begin to apply a range of counselling skills to your own work setting, and provide you with a firm foundation should you wish to progress onto further study and to develop a career in counselling.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

•    understand the difference between counselling and counselling skills
•    be able to distinguish between clients who are suitable for help and those who require specialist support
•    understand the personal qualities essential to effective counselling and the significance of core conditions within the counselling process
•    understand the effect of values and culture on counselling practice
•    know how to apply ethics in relation to counselling skills
•    understand underpinning theories in counselling including Egan's 3 stage model and the skills associated with each stage
•    through skills practice and personal reflection activities, be able to apply a range of counselling skills to own practice
•    know how to provide evidence of self awareness, personal development and understand personal value systems

Course Format

Taught sessions, large and small group work, skills practice and learning journal. In addition, those wanting to have an accedited certificate (see below) there will be a requirement for 4 marked assignments and portfolio development. Assistance is given to those who feel they may struggle with written assignments or who have been out of education for a number of years.


This 12 session course is accredited by open college network west midlands (a national awarding organisation) and students will be rewarded with either a Level 2 or Level 3 certificate on successful completion of the course (80% attendance is required). This certificate demonstrates academic credit, which proves the student has gone through a rigorous quality assurance learning programme which has been externally verified.

Progression and Career Development

Many of those who have undertaken this course have progressed on to our level 4 certificate (a nationally recognised qualification) which runs for a full academic year. This gives students a broader experience in counselling skills and is preparation for undertaking either our Diploma Course (2 years) or a foundation degree.

When and where is the course running?

The course will run over 6 Tuesday evenings (6.30pm - 9.30pm) and 3 Saturdays 9:30 - 4:30pm at a venue in north Carlisle (tbc.)


DATES 2020


Session 1 & 2

Saturday 18th January

9:30am - 4.30pm

Session 3

Tuesday 21st January

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Session 4

Tuesday 28th January

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Session 5

Tuesday 4th February

6.30pm - 9.30pm
Session 6

Tuesday 11th February

6.30pm - 9.30pm



Session 7

Tuesday 25th February

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Session 8 & 9

Saturday 29th February

9:30am - 4.30pm

Session 10

Tuesday 3rd March

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Session 11 & 12

Saturday 14th March

9:30am - 4.30pm

The course costs £365 (two instalments of £182.50 is available) including tuition and accreditation fees with Open College Network West Midlands.

TO BOOK - Please download the booking form (click here) complete and return to Nathan Laxton either by email below or post to: Counselling Administration, Hope Psychological Services, Harker Grange, Harker, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA6 4HY. Online payment can be made by clicking here.

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