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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

About the Roundhouse »

Lewis Morrell

Lewis Morrell

Lewis follows dad and granddad into healthcare

Teenager Lewis Morrell is aiming to become the third generation of his family to go into nursing.

But disappointing school GCSE exam results meant he had to have a rethink and plot a new route on the road to his career.

Looking for suitable courses, Lewis attended a College open event and was impressed with both what was on offer and the friendliness of the staff.

Eighteen-year-old Lewis described Derby College as "a lifeline" which has helped to give him confidence and a mind-set that he can achieve his goals.

A hospital work placement, run through the college's Employer Academy programme, has directly helped him land a health care assistant apprenticeship at the Royal Derby Hospital.

And Lewis has also completed Health and Social Care and English Functional Skills at Level 2, with a double pass and a merit. He is waiting for his GCSE English and CGSE Science results.

Lewis's dad is a children's nurse and his grandad worked in nursing and midwifery. He now manages a doctors' practice in Australia.

Knowing Lewis's skillset and temperament, they said that getting into health care would be "the best thing he ever did". He was inspired by them

I was a bit down about my English and Science results from school, because I needed those for nursing. Once I've got them I'll be able to get on further, so college was a lifeline.

It supported me through the first year and they pushed me. It's given me confidence. Rather than thinking 'maybe I can't do this', it helped me think 'yes, I can actually do this.'

It was very supportive through all of my time and I'm proud to have been accepted for the apprenticeship.

I'd say to anybody who didn't quite get the exams they want: go to
College, go to every lesson, stick with it and eventually it'll all click.

It's a four year apprenticeship. I want to go on to university and get my nursing degree and then get into children's nursing eventually.

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