Counselling - Introduction

What is special about this course?

If you are looking to develop a career in the voluntary and mental health sectors this introductory course is designed for you. The aim is to introduce you to some of the concepts and skills required to offer support through the use of listening and responding skills. You will learn about the counselling relationship by exploring different models of counselling and learning how to apply the skills of active listening in helping roles. 


This course is not a substitute for personal therapy and students are always encouraged to participate in therapy whilst undertaking counselling training courses. Counselling courses place strong emotional demands on students and you must be prepared for this and also, have the resilience to meet them. 

The emphasis is on practical skills and group exercises.  You will participate in listening exercises working with peers to develop your counselling skills in a highly participative practical way.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

  • The Counselling Relationship
  • Counselling Skills
  • Listening and Responding Skills

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening


How long will my course last?

8 Weeks
  • One evening per week from 530 to 8pm (approx.2.5 hours)
  • Classes will be face to face the Lerwick Campus

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date

8th February 2023


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

Additional costs

  • £115

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"I learned a lot about myslef and my work practice has become person centred."

"We look at how we communicate with people, and also how to take care of ourselves and know our limitations" Jean Aaron-Walker, Lecturer.

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