The Counselling Skills Programme is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their interpersonal skills for personal development or to use embed counselling skills in a helping, supporting or care work role.  This is an excellent starting point to train as a counsellor, psychotherapist or if you would like to embed effective communication skills in existing professional and voluntary roles.  University of Aberdeen Image

All our courses in the School of Education are based on the person centred philosophy created in the 1950s, by the psychologist Carl Rogers; the person-centred approach ultimately sees human beings as having the innate tendency to develop towards their full potential. It is through this approach that the counsellor is able to offer the conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruence. Counsellors through their training develop empathetic relationships and explore things from the speaker’s frame of reference.

The course will facillitate effective communication and relationship building skills which include: active listening, clarification, reflection Inquiry, attunement and empathy.

A number of our students volunteer with voluntary agencies whilst completing this course or are working in caring professions. However, this course does not qualify you to work as a counsellor but does support partial entry into the Postgraduate professional course to be a counsellor.


Counselling Skills Certificate routes: 2 year Part-time course
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