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Certificate in Counselling Skills The Certificate in Counselling Skills Course is of interest to all those working with people in a voluntary or professional capacity as well as those interested in the advantages of such skills in their daily relationships. It is a part time skills based Course with the emphasis on both the theoretical and practical aspects of counselling. The Course is designed to enable the student to explore and develop their counselling skills and learn from their personal experience. During the Course students will be given the opportunity to assess their counselling skills and will be helped to decide in which direction they might wish to continue their training. No written work is required but some reading is necessary and a booklist is provided. The Course runs for one evening a week for two twelve week terms. The sessions aim to introduce the fundamental aspects of counselling and the skills required to facilitate the counselling relationship. A theoretical base is offered together with experiential exercises which complement academic learning. Students are helped to discover the opportunities open to them in the Community, for use of their counselling skills as well as within the context of their work. Course Content The content includes an exploration of what counselling is, how it differs from befriending and advice giving, the boundaries of the counselling relationship, the issues of confidentiality and containment as well as counselling skills. These skills include: active listening awareness of non-verbal communication listening to oneself exploring the elements of empathy, respect and genuineness reflecting back content and feelings paraphrasing and summarising accurately helpful and unhelpful responses tolerating silence and use of pauses awareness of assumptions, judgements and attitudes use of open questions and statements Students are encouraged to keep a personal journal and reflect on their own experiences in order to gain more awareness of themselves. Evaluation Students receive feedback throughout the Course on their skills, personal development and on their contribution and participation in the group. This is given by the peer group and the tutors in order to clarify skill strengths and weaknesses. Help is given to assess learning needs and identify skills and competencies on which students need to work in order to meet the required standard. Verbal self and peer assessments take place mid-course and students will receive a written assessment from the Course Tutor at the end of the Course. Students who successfully complete the year to the satisfaction of the peer group and the Course Tutor will be awarded the Certificate in Counselling Skills

Certificate in Counselling Skills The Certificate in Counselling Skills Course is of interest to all those working with people in a voluntary or professional capacity as well as those interested in the advantages of such skills in their daily relationships. It is a part time skills based Course with the emphasis on both the theoretical and practical aspects of counselling. The Course is designed...

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