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Level E

Counselling Skills – Introduction


The main aim of our Introduction to Counselling Skills course is to help you develop a basic knowledge and understanding of counselling skills in preparation for further learning or training. The course is not designed as a counselling training programme in its own right, but participants will increase their self-awareness and develop their ability as effective listeners through active participation and regular attendance.

The course will draw mainly from Carl Rogers’ person-centred approach with the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, and his view of self, drawing from existential philosophy. It will also include the Johari window, Maslow’;s hierarchy of needs, and a consideration of professional ethics related to counselling.

The course will involve tutor input, YouTube videos, small group and whole group discussions and experiential skills practice. This introductory course is suitable for anyone who is interested in improving their active listening skills and wants to improve their communication and understanding of others at work, or with family and friends. It is a useful way of finding out something about counselling for those who are considering further training or a career change.

If you think you are in need of counselling yourself, this is probably not the time to be considering a counselling course. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties please contact your doctor for advice, or visit NHS Talking Therapies Services :: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

There are two start dates during 2024/2025:

Monday 23 September 2024 (10:00 – 13:00)

Wednesday 15 January 2025 (10:00 – 13:00)

Please note: this course does not run in the college half term or end of term breaks.


Those interested in developing counselling skills to use in paid or voluntary work or for personal development and self-awareness.

Learners must have a good level of spoken and written English. They need sufficient mental and emotional strength and maturity and resilience to be able to participate in each session of the course, which is very experiential as a lot of learning takes place through discussion and practice through role plays.

Initial acceptance and continuation on the course are dependent on the above criteria being met. You must also attend a compulsory induction prior to the start of this course, details about this will be confirmed before the start of the course.


Our range of leisure and hobby courses keeps growing, with even more fun and exciting courses starting throughout 2024.

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