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Certificate in Counselling

This Certificate course provides an excellent foundation in the theory and use of counselling skills. There is opportunity, if desired, to apply for progression onto the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling/Diploma courses on completion of the Certificate.

Our part-time course in Counselling Skills provides high quality Humanistic training. The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a freestanding course which has two modules, Phase One and Phase Two.  Each module is worth 15 credits and to enhance the quality of learning, the course offers a high staff to student ratio. Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice in relation to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and in wider social contexts at work, in the community and in personal relationships.

Additionally, students report that personal development is a significant by-product of doing the Certificate course. Counselling is rapidly growing as a profession and is increasingly valued in education, medicine, the caring field, most work places and in private practice. More information and how to apply here.

Indicative Course Content Phase 1

  • Philosophy of Humanistic Practice
  • Carl Rogers Core Conditions: Acceptance, Empathy and Genuineness.
  • The Relationship
  • Presence
  • Effective Listening
  • Non-verbal and Para-verbal
  • Communication
  • Paraphrase and Reflection
  • Questions
  • Creative Arts in Communication
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Introduction to Transference
  • Loss and Change
  • Perceptions and Attitudes towards Diverse Cultural Forms
  • Practice of Skills

Indicative Course Content Phase 2

  • Exercises to Continue Self Awareness
  • Resistance and Reluctance
  • Immediacy
  • Defence Mechanisms
  • Challenges (Self and Others)
  • Johari Window
  • Appreciation of Difference
  • Creative Arts in Communication
  • Hierarchy of Human Needs
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Practise in Small Groups
  • Peer Assessment of Taped Interaction
  • Core Conditions of Humanistic Practice
  • Accentuated
  • Feedback

Student View: Katharine Masters, Certificate in Counselling Skills

I did the Certificate in Counselling Skills course to further my skills in my role as a community midwife, and also with a view to a career change to counselling in the future. The skills that I have learnt on the course are beneficial both in my professional and personal life. It has been an amazing learning curve in self development.

Both modules are taught part-time over the semester. Successful completion of both modules leads to the award of Certificate in Counselling Skills.