Basic Counselling


Master the foundational skills of active listening, empathy, and building rapport, laying the groundwork for impactful client interactions.

Step One – Learning the Basic Skills of Counselling Techniques

Step One of this beginner’s guide to counseling equips you with the basic techniques like active listening and open-ended questions, laying the foundation for building rapport with clients.

  1. “Getting to Know You” – A Familiar Pattern of Sessions
  2. Active Listening – Listen for Meaning
  3. Encouraging Body Language
  4. Asking Questions – To Open Up or Close Down?
  5. Paraphrasing – What You Think the Speaker Said
  6. Summary – Focusing on the Main Points
  7. Note Taking – Can Get a Little Messy!
  8. HOMEWORK Yes, There Will Be Homework
  9. The Goodie Bag and Other Fun Stuff
  10. Technique References and Instructors

Step Two – Common Counselling Theories

Step two delves into diverse counselling philosophies, from Rogerian empathy to solution-focused goal setting, expanding your therapeutic toolkit.

  1. Introduction to Counselling Theories
  2. Client Centred or Rogerian Counselling
  3. Holistic Health or the Biopsychosocial Model
  4. Strengths Based Counselling and Positive Thinking / Learned Optimism
  5. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (ABC Model)
  6. Solution Focused Therapy – Where Do I Want to Go from Here?
  7. Existential or meaning therapy
  8. Letting Go and Moving Forward
  9. Theory References

Step Three – Putting Together Theory and Practice in Sample Sessions

Step three bridges theory and practice with simulated sessions, letting you test-drive your newfound skills in diverse scenarios like client-centered support and cognitive-behavioral reshaping of negative thoughts.

  1.  Session One – Client Centred Counselling (Carl Rogers)
  2. Sessions Two and Three – No Show and Cancellation
  3. Session Four – Strengths Based Counselling (Positive Thinking / Learned Optimism)
  4. Session Five – Cognitive Behavioural Counselling (Challenge the Lies We Tell ourselves)
  5. Session Six – Holistic Health Counselling (Biopsychosocial Model)
  6. Session Seven – Solution Focused Counselling (Where do I want to go from here?)
  7. Session Eight – Existential Counselling
  8. Becoming Unnecessary
  9. Self-Help, To My Mind, Has Gotten A Bad Rap
  10. Journaling Your Way to Better Health
  11. Mood Mapping – For Better or For Worse!
  12. Whole Health Check In
  13. Socio-Economic Well Being Inventory
  14. Know Your Community Resources
  15. The Ten Things I Like About Me
  16. People Lie / Common Lies
  17. Goal-Setting and Achievement
  18. Finding a Why To Bear a How: Life in a Time of Suffering
  19. Shiny Happy People
  20. Self-Help References
  21. Continuing Education

Course Guidelines

  • There will not be any test papers with this course, but you will be assessed on your attendance and your participation
  • There are a total of 42 Modules. This can be completed within 30 weeks
  • Course time: 30 weeks @ one morning/afternoon per week (3hours) or by correspondence distant learning.
  • At the end of the course a diploma will be given.
  • Course fee per person has to be paid in advance.