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Counselling Skills

This home study course is a practical ‘how-to’ guide to using counselling and guidance skills. Many people who are not professional counsellors find themselves called upon to provide counselling, help and guidance, and this course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge to fill this role confidently.

In four informative modules, the course provides a clear introduction to the skills involved. It will show you exactly what helping others entails and what personal qualities are needed. Whether you want to develop counselling skills for use in your current job or would like to go on to further study this is the course for you. The course includes 135 hours of study.

Study topics include: active listening; interpreting body language; beginnings and endings; the ethics of helping. You will be asked to complete a wide range of activities during the course, which will help you to put what you have learned into practice. Includes all study materials, textbook, Introduction to Counselling Skills, and full tutorial support.

Course Outline

Course book: Introduction to Counselling Skills, Richard Nelson-Jones

Module 1: What is a Helping Relationship?

Module 2: The Core Conditions and Active Listening.

Module 3: Reflecting and Understanding Skills.

Module 4: Goal Setting and Stress Management for Clients.

Why Choose Us?

Our tutorial support is second-to-none! When you enrol on the course you are assigned an experienced personal tutor who will work with you all the way through. Tutors are available by e-mail at any time to offer support, advice or if you would just like a chat about how the course is going – including weekends, bank holidays and evenings! We see this level of support as central to the success of our courses. If you would prefer to chat to your tutor you can arrange a call back through the main office at a mutually convenient time.

All courses are despatched by courier.


  • Introduction to Counselling Skills Certificate


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Borders UK is one of the UK’s leading distance learning providers. All of our home study courses include study material, which is sent out in an attractive, hardwearing folder, essential course books and full tutorial support or delivered online directly to your email address. We are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council and registered as providers with the Learning Skills Council.