An introduction to basic listening and counselling skills. Theory and self-awareness will complement the skills practice. No previous experience is required. By application only.

This is a 10-week introduction to the theory and practice of counselling. It assumes no previous knowledge or experience. Three strands run through the programme: theory, skills and self-awareness. Theory will include the difference between counselling and other helping skills; an overview of person centred and psychodynamic models, the ethical framework of counselling practice.

Skills practised will include basic listening and responding skills and the and the development of an empathetic and non-judgmental manner. Students will be encouraged to use their own experience, but will not be expected to discuss painful personal issues. Through the theory and skills practice students are encouraged to reflect on their personal learning in order to gain self awareness.

This is not training in counselling, but provides an opportunity for students to discover whether or not they want to progress to more advanced counselling training.

Application forms are available to download at the foot of this page, or are available from the Weekly Class Office  Tel: 01865 280900. An interview will be necessary prior to acceptance on the course.

Ewert Place, Oxford, UK