Introduction to Counselling Skills

Introduction to Counselling Skills

This introductory course is aimed at those who want to begin the process of improving their communication skills in their personal or working lives.  


This course also offers an insight into the nature of counselling activity for those considering an entry onto professional counselling training, which is offered at the College. This course is not designed as counselling training in its own right but hopefully participants will increase their self-awareness and develop their ability as effective listeners through active participation and regular attendance.  There is no formal assessment during or at the end of the course.


This is a very practical course, providing an ideal opportunity to practise and enhance your listening skills and to develop your ability to understand and empathise with others more effectively and appropriately.  It will also give you an opportunity to make connections between some basic theory, the use of some counselling skills and your own experiences through discussion, small group exercises, self reflection and counselling skills practice.


For students wishing to continue their training, the College offers an opportunity to progress onto the AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (75 hours) which provides the first stage of an integrated part-time professional counselling training programme with each stage providing an opportunity to achieve an award. Please request the separate document that provides an overview of the full counselling training.  Further information on course progression will be avaiable as part of of this course, on the college website or from the Adult Education Co-ordinator (counselling)


You can enrol for either a Monday evening or a Wednesday morning course; but please note that it is not possible to transfer between courses once the course has begun.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will have been given an opportunity to:

  • Explore the use of some basic counselling skills as a helping activity
  • Demonstrate the use of some basic counselling skills
  • Acquire understanding of some basic theory that underpins counselling activity
  • Begin to identify the core conditions necessary for developing a helping relationship
  • Discuss some ethical issues in the context of using counselling skills
  • Examine how the listener's personal values and integrity can influence the listening experience
  • Acknowledge some ways in which your self-awareness is developing

Your Tutor

Anna Halls Counselling Tutor


Tuition fees: £99.00
Materials Costs: £0.00
Total Cost: £99.00


No. of sessions: 8

Day Date Times
Mon 23/09/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 30/09/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 07/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 14/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 28/10/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 04/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 11/11/2019 18:30-21:00
Mon 18/11/2019 18:30-21:00

Your next step

Pay by credit or debit card over the telephone. Please call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

Pay by cheque, made payable to Hills Road Sixth Form College. Please send you cheque together with a completed enrolment form, which you can find by clicking on ‘How to Enrol’ on the left hand side, to the Adult Education Office, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE. Please enclose a SAE if you require a receipt.

Please note full refunds can only be made if a class is cancelled or closed at the discretion of the College, or if you cancel your enrolment no less than two weeks before the course starts.

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