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Introduction to Counselling Skills

This two-day introductory course is aimed at individuals who are either: 1) currently working in a role assisting growth and development in others and would like to further develop their skills, or, 2) interested in learning more about counselling and potentially looking to take the first step towards a new career.

In this program, participants will learn the core counselling skills required to become effective in assisting clients to build strengths and resilience, and strategies for positive change. Through hands-on exercises and supported role-plays, students will experience and get to apply the knowledge, processes and core skills required to become an effective ethical counsellor.

Please note, this course does not qualify participants to work in a professional setting as a counsellor. 

Learning Objectives

Following the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise the similarities and differences between counselling and coaching
  2. Understand how to foster psychological safety for clients
  3. Demonstrate core principles of a person-centred therapeutic alliance
  4. Demonstrate active listening skills
  5. Develop awareness of client non-verbal communication
  6. Apply a range of questions including ‘scale ruler’ questions
  7. Understand the difference between reflecting content and reflecting emotions
  8. Demonstrate paraphrasing, summarising and ‘check-ins’
  9. Understand the principles and process of caringly challenging clients
  10. Consider  self-awareness in the counselling process.
Date Venue

Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 February 2020

391-393 Tooronga Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123
Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 May 2020
 Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August 2020
 Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020

If you have a group of 10 or more participants and would like us to deliver this course at your office, please email shortcourses@cairnmillar.edu.au.

8.30am – 4.30pm (2 Full Day Sessions)

$495 inc GST, plus a ticketing fee if applicable.

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, full‐time students and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their student card, social security card, or health care card together with their application, to email shortcourses@cairnmillar.edu.au.