This two-day introductory course is aimed at individuals who are either: 1) currently working in a role assisting growth and development in others and would like to further develop their skills, or, 2) interested in learning more about counselling and potentially looking to take the first step towards a new career.

In this program, participants will learn the core counselling skills required to become effective in assisting clients to build strengths and resilience, and strategies for positive change. Through hands-on exercises and supported role-plays, students will experience and get to apply the knowledge, processes and core skills required to become an effective ethical counsellor.

Participants may wish to build on the foundations developed in this workshop, and enrol in our Counselling Skills (Intermediate) short course.

Please note, this course does not qualify participants to work in a professional setting as a counsellor. 

Learning Objectives

Via a mix of group learning, role-plays, exercises and education sessions, following the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognise the similarities and differences between counselling and coaching
  2. Understand how to foster psychological safety for clients
  3. Demonstrate core principles of a person-centred therapeutic alliance
  4. Demonstrate active listening skills
  5. Develop awareness of client non-verbal communication
  6. Apply a range of questions including ‘scale ruler’ questions
  7. Understand the difference between reflecting content and reflecting emotions
  8. Demonstrate paraphrasing, summarising and ‘check-ins’
  9. Understand the principles and process of caringly challenging clients
  10. Consider  self-awareness in the counselling process.

Depending on the needs and counselling experience of the group members, the above learning objectives may be modified accordingly.

Course Schedule

Time: 8.30am – 4.00pm (2 Full Day Sessions)

Upcoming Course Dates:

Additional course dates will be scheduled according to interest. To express interest or be notified for when this is available, please email [email protected].

Please note, this course is subject to receiving a minimum number of enrolments and conditional to Government restrictions implemented at the time of the course. Reminders, invitation links and safety information will be sent out to all those registered closer to the time. See also: COVID-19 Update
In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred online instead. We will email all registered attendees as soon as possible if changes are required. In this case, a free course transfer will also be available to an alternative course date, or a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees. 

Fees

$495 inc GST, plus a ticketing fee if applicable.

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, full‐time students and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their student card, social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to [email protected].

Enrol

To enrol, please click here. Alternatively, please visit our Event page

Further Information

Cairnmillar can offer this or other tailored courses for your organisation’s needs. If you have a group of 10 or more participants, we can come to you. For further information, email the Professional Development Team at [email protected]