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Introduction to Counselling Skills

(Theoretical background, Person Centred)

Intensive Course


This course is an excellent platform for those considering applying for our DipHE Counselling Children and Young People OR for those working in other caring professions such as teachers, teaching assistants and social workers

The professional context of counselling

This course provides a basic introduction to counselling.  Learners will develop an understanding of what counselling is (including the importance of abiding to an ethical framework, such as the BACP Ethical Framework). Learners will get a better understanding about the importance of creating the right environment for the helping relationship (this includes boundaries and ethical considerations).

Communication skills in helping relationships

In this course, learners will explore basic counselling skills used in helping relationships. They will practice a range of listening skills to establish and improve interactions.

An introduction to personal development and theory

In this course, learners will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal development and identify areas for future development. Person Centred theory will underpin the work.

Supportive Feedback

Learners will be provided with supportive feedback throughout the course and will be assessed on their knowledge and skills. A variety of classroom activities will support learners to develop skills and understanding of the counselling environment, including triad skills practice, and discussions. In addition learners will be asked to keep a weekly reflective journal to record and develop their learning.  You should allow about two hours a week for writing up and background reading.


This course is an introduction to counselling and thus unsuitable for those exploring deep personal issues.  Please talk to the tutor if you are unsure as to whether your personal situation might interfere with the demands of the course.  This is an introduction to counselling skills and will not qualify learners to practice as counsellors.

Places must be booked and paid for in advance


Cancellation Policy 

  • Registrations cancelled up to two months in advance of the start date will be refunded 80% of the full fee of £200
  • Registrations cancelled later than two months in advance of the start date will be refunded 50% of the full fee of £200
  • Registrations cancelled one month or less in advance of the start date will not be eligible for a refund

We reserve the right to postpone or cancel the course and would refund the course fees.

Renew Counselling will not be liable for delays and/or modifications to the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.

Introduction to Counselling

To register your interest please contact: Deborah Weston, Training Co-ordinator

Email: deborahweston@renew-us.org 


Opening Times

Sycamore Centre
  • Monday 12.00noon – 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 10.30am – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am – 12.00noon
    4.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Thursday 9.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm
Bridge Centre
  • Monday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Tuesday 10.00am – 9.15pm
  • Wednesday 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday 11.00am – 8.00pm
  • Friday 9.30am – 2.00pm
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Renew’s therapeutic services are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and we adhere to their ethical framework for the Counselling Professions 2018. Renew Counselling is a registered charity No 1084940 and a Company limited by guarantee, registered in England. Registered office: Sadlers House, 2 Legg Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1AH Company No. 4099810 TM The name, logotype and four squares graphic device are registered Trademarks (Reg No: 3015144) of Renew Counselling