Holbeck College

Counselling Concepts

The perfect introduction for anyone brand new to counselling and thinking about a career change.

Study time
2 hours

Level 1

Start date
20 July 2024


Are you contemplating a journey into the world of counselling? Our thoughtfully designed Counselling Concepts course offers the ideal stepping stone for you to explore the rich and rewarding field of counselling and determine if it's the right path for your personal or professional growth.

Counselling is a profession that delves into the complex tapestry of human emotions, offering support, understanding, and a safe space for individuals facing life's myriad challenges. This course serves as your gateway to this fascinating world, allowing you to dip your toes into the essential aspects of counselling.

What you will learn:

  1. Unveiling the Essence of Counselling: We will start by defining what counselling truly is, dispelling any misconceptions, and helping you understand its profound impact on individuals' lives. This foundational knowledge will set the stage for your exploration.
  2. Exploring Major Counselling Approaches: Next, we will take a deep dive into the three major counselling approaches - Person-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. You will gain valuable insights into the philosophies, techniques, and methodologies that underpin each approach, equipping you with a holistic perspective on the diverse tools available to counsellors.
  3. Basic Counselling Skills: Building a strong foundation in counselling requires the acquisition of fundamental skills. You will explore and practice these essential skills that form the bedrock of effective counselling. This includes active listening, empathy, rapport building, and ethical considerations.
  4. Charting Your Path as a Counsellor: Understanding what it's like to work as a counsellor is vital as you consider this career path. We will provide you with a glimpse into the professional landscape, including the roles and responsibilities of a counsellor and the environments in which they typically work.

This course is well-suited for individuals from all walks of life who hold an interest in counselling, whether you're considering formal training or simply wish to expand your knowledge. No prior experience or background in counselling is necessary. It's an opportunity to explore, learn, and gain a deeper understanding of the essential concepts and practices that underpin the field of counselling.

By the end of this course, you will be better informed about the counselling profession, its foundational approaches, and the skills required to excel in this rewarding field. Whether you choose to embark on formal counselling training or use this knowledge to enhance your personal and professional interactions, Counselling Concepts is a great place to start.

About Level 1

Level 1 is an entry-level qualification suitable for all and can typically be completed within one day. See the course description for any additional information.

Meet your instructor

Chris Worfolk

Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less. He ie the founder the of mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and is co-owner of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.


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