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Counselling Skills (Foundational) – February 2024

February 14 @ 9:00 am - February 16 @ 4:30 pm

This two-day introductory course is confirmed for Wednesday 14th and Friday 16th February 2024, and 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.


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.


Our Trainers

Dr Renzo Vittorino

Renzo is the Deputy Director of Clinical Services at the Cairnmillar Institute and has extensive leadership and clinical experience spanning over 30 years. Renzo has experience in working with individual and families, community, and organisational development. Renzo has extensive experience in the development and delivery of programs and training in trauma informed practice including the recently implemented Trauma Informed Leadership Program delivered to managers of Area Mental Health Services in Victoria in partnership with Centre for Mental Health Learning and Department of Health.


Important Information

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 instead. Those who do not wish to attend online may otherwise choose to reschedule to an alternative course date, or receive a full refund of the course minus any platform ticketing fees.


Ticket Options

Take advantage of a 15% discount on the combined cost when you enrol in both the Foundational and Intermediate Counselling Skills professional development and training programs within the same transaction. Simply use the coupon code “CSBundle” at checkout to unlock this exclusive offer.

Our programs attract a 10% concession for health care card holders, pensioners, 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 [email protected].

By purchasing a ticket, you are confirming to have read and agreed to the Enrolment Terms and Conditions set by The Cairnmillar Institute.


February 14 @ 9:00 am
February 16 @ 4:30 pm
$247.50 – $495.00
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Lana Winzar
03 9813 3400


The Cairnmillar Institute
391-393 Tooronga Road,
Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123
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1800 391 393
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