It will be of interest to those contemplating a career in counselling to those working in health care, social services, prisons, pastoral care, education, human resources, sales etc and to anyone interested in improving their interpersonal relationships.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
Part-time: 10 weeks
No Partner College
Student should be fluent in English
This course will explore:
- What is counselling?
- The main theoretical approaches to counselling
- Where counselling takes place and the professional network.
The course will also develop counselling skills based on the attitudinal qualities of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. These skills will include active listening, accurate reflection of content and feeling paraphrasing and summarising. In the development of skills there will be an emphasis on self-awareness and self-reflection.
The course comprises 10 two-hour sessions of which students must complete a minimum of 80% attendance. Sessions are normally in the evening. A further one or two hours per week should be set aside for reading, writing a journal and assignments.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Experiential Learning using Kolb's model will be the main method used, with small and large group exercises, designed to enable students to develop self awareness and reflection. Students will be expected to share their own experiences and assist in the learning process for others. Skills work will be developed using triads and feedback from both tutor and peer.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The most common option is counselling/psychotherapy. However most use this course as a means of progression within their existing career.
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Fees & Funding
The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
For further information and to book a place onto the Introduction to Counselling and Counselling Skills short course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 1772 893808.