Counselling Skills course (Level 3)

About this course

This Level 3 Counselling Skills Course is designed for anyone interested in acquiring the preliminary knowledge and skills necessary to become a professional counsellor; OR to utilise counselling skills in other areas of work (e.g. social work or support work) . These skills include:

  • Active listening skills
    • Paraphrasing
    • Reflecting
    • Summarising
    • Effective questioning
    • Managing silence.
    • Rapport building.

Continual Assessment

On-going assessment will be made via submission of written and verbal assignments; these consist of the following

  • Two essays (upper word limit 2000)
  • A recorded audio session demonstrating the use of counselling skills
  • A critique of the recording
  • A classroom presentation

Course Units

1. Introduction

  • Introduction to counselling
  • Defining counselling
  • Personal attributes of a counsellor

2. Working within an ethical framework for counselling

  • Practical application of an ethical framework in regards to counselling
  • The importance of working within limits of proficiency
  • The ethical, legal and procedural framework in which an agency should operate
  • Client assessment and referral in an agency setting
  • Contracts and data storage

3. The counselling relationship

  • The nature and constraints of the counselling role within different settings
  • Establishing and sustaining boundaries
  • The Structure of a counselling session
  • The stages of the counselling relationship
  • Client confidentiality

4. Diversity and empathic understanding

  • Identifying and reflecting on diversity within personal relationships
  • Identifying and reflecting on a range of diversity issues in the wider social context
  • Apply awareness of diversity issues to enhance empathic understanding

5. Work within a user-centred approach to counselling

  • Establishing the client’s needs and expectations
  • Maintaining a focus on the client’s agenda and needs

6. Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice

  • Using counselling theory to enhance self-awareness
  • Using counselling theory to understand personal history
  • Using counselling theory to understand personal relationships
  • Assessing how self-awareness contributes to our ability to empathise with others

7. Understand theories of counselling and mental health

  • Explain why theory is important in counselling work
  • Describe the main theoretical approaches to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to understand the client
  • Explain the nature of common mental health problems
  • Describe how counselling can promote positive mental health
  • Explain why research findings are important in counselling work

8. Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

  • Use feedback from others to develop understanding of counselling
  • Give constructive feedback to other counselling trainees
  • Describe the nature and use of clinical supervision
  • Use supervisee skills to contribute to, and learn from, case discussion

By the end of the course candidates should be proficient in the use of the following range of psychotherapeutic counselling skills:

  • Initiating a counselling interaction (contracting, confidentiality with limitations, time boundaries, organisational requirements)
  • Using active listening skills learned to function competently in the counselling interaction.
  • Concluding each individual session and ending a series of sessions.
  • Presenting an adequate understanding of the counselling process, including client assessment and intervention planning.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to anti-oppressive practice and non-discriminatory use of counselling skills.
  • Reflect constructively on themselves, their own life experiences, and their interactions with others and evidence their own personal and professional growth processes


Students who complete this qualification are able to progress to the Level 4 Diploma in integrative Counselling.


Upon completion students will receive a (level 3) certificate in Counselling Skills accredited by ACCPH. All certification fees are included in your course fees.

Study Time:90 hours
Duration:10 months
Course Format:Classroom
Entry Requirements:None

The course fee is £795

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