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Counselling Skills Diploma Course

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Counselling Skills Diploma Course

This popular, course will give you a firm foundation in counselling skills. If your job involves helping others, or if you simply want to be supportive to others, then you’ll learn techniques that will help you be more effective in that role.

This course is ideal for those that are either complete beginners to the field of Counselling and are considering making a career change to become a counsellor, with the aim of  getting an insight and understanding of counselling, or existing counsellors, teachers, coaches or parents looking to reinforce their knowledge or to pick up some new skills. This course is also ideal if you are interested in a career in the Counselling , though are unsure if you want to commit yourself financially and time wise to a full counselling qualification.

This course is particularly suitable for those working in: health care, social work, pastoral work, care for the elderly and teaching.Your studies will provide you with a preliminary understanding of the skills and practice of counselling, as well as an appreciation of the personal qualities associated with the collaborative process of helping others.Counselling is essentially a lively, human and personal experience between two people. Therefore, it is a process which requires commitment of time and effort from both parties.

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Who Should Take This Course?

The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in helping others.

It is particularly relevant for

• employees in the caring professions

• pastoral workers

• social workers

• teachers

• anyone with an interest in helping others

Entry Requirements

You do not need any special qualifications or background to enrol on this course.

About Counselling Skills

The aim is for the counsellor to help the client find their own answers and to become more in charge of their lives rather than less so; to be able to live their own life rather than be lived by it

Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a sound knowledge of basic counselling theory and an understanding of the counselling process.

You’ll learn:

• counselling theories and models

• the counselling process

• specific counselling skills

• goal setting and decision making

• good practice in counselling

Frequently Asked Questions

The Counselling Skills Diploma Course will take you up to 100 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to Counselling

  • Basic Concept of Counselling
  • Role of the Counsellor
  • Role of Active Listening in Counselling
  • Skills Required in Active Listening
  • Active Listening in Practice
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • References

Module 2: Basic Interview Skills

  • Tasks of the Counsellor in Interviewing
  • Skills Required in Establishing the Counsellor-Client Relationship
  • Non-Directive Counselling
  • Interviewing in Practice
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • References

Module 3: The Counselling Relationship

  • The Importance of Empathy in Relationship Building
  • Trial and Error in Counselling
  • Motivational Skills
  • Factors that Make the Best Counsellors
  • Motivational Interviewing in Practice
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • References

Module 4: Motivational Skills

  • The Role of the Counsellor in Understanding the Client’s Motivational Needs
  • Questions that Elicit Self-Motivating Statements from the Client
  • Counsellors’ Roadblocks to Communication
  • More Motivational Interviewing in Practice
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • References

Module 5: Grief and Bereavement

  • The Different Forms and Reactions of Grief and Bereavement
  • Feelings of Grief in Normal and Violent Circumstances
  • Managing Grief and the Grieving Person
  • Grief and Bereavement Counselling in Practice
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • References

Module 6: Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

  • Categories of Stress Symptoms
  • Issues and Symptoms of Depression
  • Issues and Symptoms of Anxiety
  • How to Turn Negative Thinking into Positive Thinking
  • Positive Thinking and Self-Esteem
  • Interviewing for Depression in Practice
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • References

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


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