INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING
SCQF Level 5
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview
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If you are looking to develop a career in the voluntary and mental health sectors this introductory course is designed for you. The aim is to introduce you to some of the concepts and skills required to offer support through the use of listening and responding skills. You will learn about the counselling relationship by exploring different models of counselling and learning how to apply the skills of active listening in helping roles.

This course aims to teach you skills to be with people in a listening role, and to develop your self-awareness and understanding but this is not a therapy or self-help group. Students must have sufficient emotional maturity and psychological resilience to undertake the self learning.   

Your learning will be based on non-directive counselling although mention is made of other counselling models to broaden your understanding. The emphasis is on practical skills and group exercises with a certain amount of written work necessary to achieve certification from SQA. You will participate in listening exercises working with peers to develop your counselling skills in a highly participative practical way.

This course is not a substitute for personal therapy and students are always encouraged to participate in therapy whilst undertaking counselling training courses. Counselling courses place strong emotional demands on students and you must be prepared for this and also, have the resilience to meet them.

 

What You Will Learn
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  • The Counselling Relationship
  • Counselling Skills
  • Listening and Responding Skills
  • Non-directive Counselling
Entry Requirements
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  • Personal statement indicating why you want to do the course
  • Basic reading and writing skills are required
English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
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  • You will be continually assessed through written and practical assignments. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • NC Counselling Skills 
  • HNC in Counselling (If you have the required learning/experience or have completed the Level 6 Intermediate Level Counselling Training Course) 
  • COSCA Certificate in Counselling
Career Opportunities
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  • This course can lead to enhanced work opportunities within the voluntary and mental health sectors 
Number Of Days Per Week
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  • 1 evening per week OR 1 daytime class per week (for 12 weeks). Please note, there is also an outreach option for this course.
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Fee: £109 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Fee: £109 Sighthill evening (year 1)
Fee: £109 Outreach evening (year 1)
Fee: £109 Milton Road evening (year 1)
Start Date and Time
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Part Time

This course will start on…
  • Wednesday 01/09/2021
  • Wednesday 01/12/2021

Evening

This course will start on…
  • Thursday 02/09/2021
  • Wednesday 01/12/2021
  • Thursday 02/12/2021
End Date
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Part Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 26/11/2021
  • Friday 11/03/2022

Evening

This course will end on...
  • Friday 26/11/2021
  • Friday 11/03/2022
Course Delivery
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FULL TIME PART TIME EVENING OPEN LEARNING BLOCK RELEASE
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MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
MILTON RD x x
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SIGHTHILL x
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OUTREACH x x
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