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Introduction to Counselling Skills

This is a 2 day introductory course, open to all who are interested in learning about the basics of counselling skills and is also useful for those just interested in learning more about themselves.

We will be introducing using counselling skills in a helping relationship whether that be in a school, workplace or counselling room. Attendees will be able to facilitate help-seekers becoming less distressed and therefore lead more satisfying lives.

Two people in a counselling session

14 & 15 Sept 2024     10.00am - 5.00pm   Leeds

Course Information

Course content

As well as exploring interpersonal communication, we will also look at personal development issues and the application of theory to practice. We will be looking at the basics of theory and approaches including empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. In addition, you will develop skills such as active listening and reflection through developing self awareness and self reflection.

While on the course, you will also look at knowing what your role as a helper is, and, as a result develop good and safe boundaries and your counselling skills within the work context.

Who is the course for?

If you are considering a career in counselling, this course is an ideal starting point. Similarly, if you work in health care, mental health, social services, prisons, education, human resources or have line management responsibilities, this course is ideal for you.

The course is ideal for those wanting the introductory level certificate as a pre-requisite to longer term counselling studies at other institutions.

Teaching methods include trainer delivery, small group and full group discussions.

The course lasts 2 days (10.00am – 5.00pm) and attendees receive a Training Certificate for 12 hrs CPD. Lunch and refreshments are included.

"Great trainer and lovely welcoming learning environment. I really enjoyed the course." J Macleod

“A fantastic course for those wanting to explore counselling or gain further skills” J, Baildon

About the trainer

Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi is a UKATA registered Certified Transactional Analyst and Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA). She is an experienced psychotherapist and trainer who has been running short courses for counsellors for many years. Michelle is also a social worker with a wealth of experience in working with children and young people.

Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi - counselling skills trainer

CA, Leeds

“A great course for everyone with an interest in this topic regardless of their previous experience with counselling”
“Really positive, practical learning style that welcomed everybody’s experiences and backgrounds into account. Group-centred, group-targeted approach which worked best!”

LD, York

“Great opportunity to reflect and improve on my own practice and explore a career in counselling/therapy.”
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