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Level: N/A

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 2.00

Start: Various Dates (Please press the Book Now Button to View Dates)

Days / Times: Tuesday 18:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 75.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

Do you have a little knowledge about counselling practices and want to develop a greater awareness, whether that be for professional or personal purposes?

Perhaps you have a career within an advisory role and would like to learn how to train in counselling?

If so, this introductory course will help you begin to understand those basic counselling skills, all within a safe and constructive learning environment.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 19+. There are no formal entry requirements - you should just have a genuine interest in finding out what counselling is all about.

Course Content

Week 1 

  • Introductions and icebreaker
  • Understanding and accepting difference and diversity
  • Group contract and boundaries
  • What is and isn’t counselling
  • Journal writing

Week 2

  • Contracts and confidentiality
  • More on what counselling is
  • Ethics in counselling

Week 3

  • What happens in a counselling session?
  • The beginning, middle and ending
  • Person-centred counselling and core conditions

Week 4

  • Effective listening and responding skills
  • Open and closed questions
  • The importance of feedback

Week 5

  • Preparing for the end
  • Non-verbal communication and other useful skills to explore

Week 6

  • Review of the programme
  • What have you learnt?
  • Bringing everything together
  • Next steps and further reading

How will I be assessed?

You will get the opportunity to complete a personal journal documenting your progress and development of self-awareness.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You just need pen and paper or a laptop.

What can I do after this course?

To be announced.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Derby College Student of the Year prepares to start nursing degree

Taking a Level 3 course in Health and Social Care has left Derby College Student of the Year Lauren Hudson well prepared for a degree in nursing.
High-achieving Lauren, who has just left college with a distinction star, was thinking of studying for A-levels at sixth form but opted instead for the more hands-on course at the Roundhouse. As part of her course the Matlock teenager also gained valuable practical experience with Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust through the college's Employer Academy initiative.
One of her placements included working as a health care assistant at the Specialist Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (SpARC) on London Road, where Lauren helped to assess older people who have had a fall. Lauren really enjoyed her time at Derby College.
She said she found the lecturers to be supportive, but at the same they gave students the freedom to learn independently. She added: "I'm looking forward to going university and I'd definitely recommend the Level 3 in Health and Social Care to anyone thinking of taking a nursing degree."

I'm pleased I took the Health and Social Care course as I think it is more suited to what I'm going to be doing on my nursing degree course at the University of Birmingham. Thanks to Derby College I feel well prepared for starting my degree this September.

For example, my college course included units which are directly related to nursing, such as public health and how to go about finding statistics.

These units are covered in my degree, obviously in much more depth than at college, but the knowledge I already have of them from my level 3 course will be useful.

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