Effective counselling skills for speech and language therapists

Course Dates: 03/06/20 - 05/06/20
Time: 09:30 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Carolyn Cheasman
Anita Mckiernan
Samantha Simpson

Designed for SLTs working with any client group, this interactive workshop will help you develop practical counselling skills. Topics include developing the therapeutic relationship, boundaries, ways of responding, paraphrasing, reflecting, questioning, immediacy, self disclosure and loss.


What is the course about?

The course is based on Carl Rogers' person centered approach to counselling and will help you to develop your counselling skills for use within the speech and language therapy context.

What will we cover?

The following topics will be covered:
- Boundaries
- Hearing the story
- Ways of responding including paraphrasing, reflecting and questioning
- Loss
- Practice counselling skills session
- Developing the therapeutic relationship
- Active listening
- Empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence
- Challenge and support
- Self care
- Self-awareness
- Immediacy
- Relevance of counselling skills for different client groups
- Endings.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

1. distinguish counselling skills from counselling
2. identify the core conditions
3. demonstrate unconditional positive regard, congruence and empathy
4. use paraphrasing, reflecting and questioning effectively.
5. practise a range of counselling skills and be more confident about using these within your work.
6. explain why self-awareness is important for therapists and how self-awareness can be developed
7. identify the stages of grief and bereavement and relate these to your client group.

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

To access the course you will need to have an adequate level of English to:
- Express your opinions and feelings
- Follow discussions and make relevant contributions
- Make use of handouts with some assistance if necessary
Before joining the class you will need to speak to one of the Speech Therapy team.

It is most suitable for therapists who have done little or no previous counselling training.

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

There will be a large experiential component to the course as well as some theoretical input and practical sessions.

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

There are no additional costs although you might choose to purchase books from the suggested reading list.

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

You may choose to go on to do further counselling training either at the City Lit or elsewhere.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

Very useful CPD for SLTs to extend their skills
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/06/2019)
This is a fantastic course for all SLTs from all disciplines. Counselling skills are such an integral part of our work and yet we rarely give it the time or recognition it needs. I highly recommend this course to all SLTs, whether you are newly qualified or have been working for years!
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Review by Rachel Clark / (Posted on 10/06/2019)
There is often so much overlap in SLT with counselling. This course is fantastic in showing the similarities and differences between the two roles. It’s full of practical, experiential learning and I have left with a real sense that my therapy skills are now enhanced.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/06/2019)
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Book your place

Course Code: XS503

Wed-Fri, day, 03 Jun - 05 Jun '20

Duration: 3 sessions

Full fee: £369.00
Senior fee: £369.00
Concession: £369.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? speechtherapy@citylit.ac.uk
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