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An Introduction to Counselling Skills

An introductory course, which is open to anyone who is interested in learning how to use counselling skills and more about themselves. If you are considering a career in counselling this course is a good taster to see if you want to go further and will help prepare you for taking a Foundation Course in Counselling at The Minster Centre or elsewhere.

Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and helpfully with people who are distressed or you may find challenging. These are skills that can be useful at work and in your personal life. On this course you will practice basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what a person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions. You will also learn about :

  • The skill of ‘active listening’ – being with a person, and at the same time being able to step back.
  • The ‘core conditions’ – the ability to be with a person without introducing your own agenda, to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.

This course, like all our courses, emphasises an experiential style of learning. Central to counselling skills practice is the idea that to understand the experience of another person you have to first understand our own. The course is structured so that students learn not only from what is taught, but also by actively engaging in exercises. Much of the learning is in small groups and there is an emphasis on students, where appropriate, sharing and reflecting on their own experience.

Programme Delivery

You can choose between our week-long intensive courses or our weekly options which span 10 sessions.

More Info

Visit our website to find out more and book your place: www.minstercentre.ac.uk/courses