Introduction to Counselling Skills

  • Knowledge of counselling skills can be extremely helpful in our daily lives – whether it is in knowing how to support friends, coping with difficult relationships or for use professionally by those working in management, healthcare, human resources, education, or in one of the many welfare or voluntary occupations.

    This is a 3 day programme run at Oxford Brookes by an external practitioner from RELATE.

    RELATE is a well-respected provider of counselling services to a wide range of clients: their Introduction provides a practical toolkit for supporting others and an understanding of boundaries in work and life settings.

    The course will cover:

    • the Three Stage Model of Counselling, both teaching the theory and giving course members the chance to practise the skills;
    • effective communication skills;
    • managing change, transition and loss;
    • ethics, boundaries, confidentiality and good practice;
    • when to refer people to another source of support;
    • exploring ways of developing self-awareness.

  • Semester 2: 

    • 19 January 2018
    • 26 January 2018
    • 2 February 2018

    Summer 2018

    • 25 June 2018
    • 2 July 2018
    • 9 July 2018
    9.30 am - 4.30 pm

    Wheatley Training room

    • £150 for Brookes staff
    • £250 for Externals
    • "The course was an excellent introduction to counselling skills. The skills learnt can be applied to help manage individual staff or students, in a more empathetic way, to encourage trust and support. It is self reflective and gives you an opportunity to learn about emotional intelligence and self awareness. I would recommend it for anyone with staff or student responsibilities to enhance your skills".  Juliette Ashton, Residence Manager, Directorate of Estates and Facilities Management
    • "The Introduction to Counselling course was an excellent way of learning how to think about and talk to people in different ways without being judgemental.  I found that it really complemented the Coaching qualification I have".  Harriet Irvine, Research Grants Officer,
      Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    • "I found the The Introduction to counselling skills course very thought provoking, the skills I learnt over the 3 days, have enabled me to see things from a slightly different perspective, thus giving me a platform to help and understand better, both Staff and Students in the future should they come to me for help and advice".  Justin Cule, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
    • "This is a practical and intense course conducted over three days and scheduled over three weeks so there's plenty of time built-in for reflection and practice. We learnt to be active listeners and practiced using a framework to inform our counselling. Most of the role plays used work related scenarios that were fairly solution focused. It was a lively, interactive and very interesting training course. I'd recommend it to anyone who would like to understand what counselling involves".  Jeannie Fawcitt, Student Support

    If you are unable to attend a course we require 5 working days' notice of non-attendance, otherwise a cancellation charge of £50 will be made for each day of a course (or part thereof).