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Counselling Skills (Foundational)

Key Facts

Study Load: 2 Days
Location: Online or face-to-face in Hawthorn East, Victoria
Delivery Mode: In-Person
Online
Intake: Quarterly
Fees: $247.50-495

Course Overview

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) professional development and training opportunity.

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

What does this course offer?

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 Structure

Delivery Method

This course is delivered from 8.30am until 4.00pm, across two consecutive days. It is run either online or face-to-face at 391-393 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123.

 

Upcoming Course Dates

2023 course dates will be released soon. To be notified for when enrolments are open, please submit your interest here.

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. In the case we are unable to deliver the course face-to-face, the event will be transferred to online delivery. 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.

Our Trainers

Dr Sally Richardson, Professional Development and Partnerships Consultant

Sally is a registered psychologist with extensive experience applying her psychological skill set in a range of environments including community mental health and consulting to not-for-profit, government, and private organisations to shift problematic behavioural patterns to achieve defined outcomes.

In addition to consulting extensively as an organisational psychologist over the last 10 years, Sally is an experienced interviewer, trainer, and moderator. Sally regularly conducts training workshops in the area of mental health on topics such as counselling skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, vicarious trauma, and wellbeing in the workplace.

Further Information

Fees

Our course fees are inclusive of GST. Participant materials include a 20-page workbook as well as a certificate of completion.

Standard Enrolment: $495
Concession*: $445.50
Cairnmillar Student: $247.50

*Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners and people receiving benefits. Those applying for concessions must provide a copy (photo evidence is accepted) of their social security card, or health care card together with their application, via email to pd@cairnmillar.edu.au.

FAQ

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 pd@cairnmillar.edu.au or phone 03 9813 3400.

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