What is the course about?
In this course, you'll develop a range of counselling skills, consistent with the core conditions of the person-centred approach, through interacting with other students in a personal development group.
What will we cover?
- Skills, attitudes and personal qualities relating to the person-centred approach
- Ethical and good practice issues
- Awareness of diversity and difference
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback in skills practice sessions
- Personal development; ability to reflect on self and interactions with others.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Feel more confident in using listening and a range of other counselling skills
- Describe some boundaries and ethical issues in counselling
- Identify some ways in which cultural differences may affect the counselling relationship
- Reflect on the self and on interactions with others.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level is post-beginner. You will need to have completed a 30-hour counselling introduction (with a minimum of 70% attendance) within the last three years. Prior to enrolling, contact the department on 0207 492 2530 for authorisation.
Students are asked to come willing to:
a) Draw on their own experience
b) Be open to those of other students.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The emphasis is on learning through experience. There will be skills practice and large group experience. You will be asked to keep a journal as a way of reflecting on yourself and your learning throughout the course. Towards the end of the course you will be asked to produce a brief self-assessment which summarises your learning.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Recommended reading: Frankland, A & Sanders, P (2003) 'Next Steps in Counselling', Ross-on-Wye, PCCS Books
Tolan, J (2003) 'Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy', London, Sage.
Please note this course is exempt from our standard refund policy.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Certificate in Counselling Skills (Level 3).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details