Assessment in counselling

Counselling can be helpful, harmful or inappropriate. How do we know which clients need, want and can use counselling and whether we have the skills to help? Learn about the crucial first step of counselling assessment. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.

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1 week

10:30 - 17:30

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Full fee: £73
Senior fee: £47
Concession: £32

KS - Keeley Street

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Course outline

What is the course about?

This course is about counselling assessments: what they are, why we do them, how we do them, and how to integrate assessments into the counselling relationship (and when working within different theoretical orientations).

What topics will we cover?

Why do we assess?
What do we assess?
How do counsellors manage assessment questions?
First sessions.
Assessing for physical health issues (including substance mis-use).
Assessing for mental health issues.
Assessing for risk.
Results of assessments.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Describe the reasons assessment is important in counselling.
Describe the steps involved in completing an assessment of a client.
Adapt this process to your chosen approach to counselling.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate course that is appropriate for all counsellors. Some previous clinical experience (ie face-to-face client work) is helpful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will include:
Teaching; brainstorming in large and small groups; discussion; role play.
All students will also have the opportunity to practise doing an assessment, and to give and receive feedback on the process of assessing.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs involved. Students will receive comprehensive handouts during the course.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. Students will receive feedback from the tutor and from the other students during the course of the day, particularly in relation to the practice (role play) element of the course.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

See our range of:
Introduction to theoretical models, e.g. Introduction to Emotion-Focused Therapy, Introduction to Psychosynthesis
Working with a range of counselling issues, e.g. Working with Anger, Working with Diversity and Difference
Psychology courses, e.g. Psychology of Mental Health, Cross Cultural Psychology.

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Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2530

Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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Psychology, counselling and personal development

Tel: 020 7492 2530

Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.