Introduction to Counselling


This course offers an understanding of psychological theory and how to  identify and use basic counselling skills i.e. active listening, reflection,  empathy and self-awareness, with an introduction to studying the BACP’s  Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy  and its implications for counsellors actions.

 Course details

An introduction to:


• The three main theoretical models

• How theory underpins counselling skills, and identifying and using   these

• Theories of personality, and what we bring to the counselling relationship

• Working with addiction; the effect of crisis and trauma on the personality

• Reflecting on ethics, boundaries and confidentiality

• Facilitating change: process and intervention

• Reading and written assignments



Who is it for?



This course is for people who may or may not already use counselling skills in their work, ideal for the ‘helping  professions’ e.g. nurses, teachers, social workers, clergy and voluntary sector workers. The learning enables people from many spiritual backgrounds to practice counselling skills in different settings.


This course is an entry route to further training and is a useful qualification in itself.


Selection criteria:


• Applicants are usually 25 years of age or over


• Either engaged in work, or planning to be engaged in work (paid or voluntary), which requires the use of counselling     skills


• Need no formal prior qualifications


• Are personally suitable to engage in, reflect upon and benefit from the training


Next steps

Download the application form here

Then send to us using the info on our contact us page.