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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    20 weeks part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see the website

  • Last Updated

    10 October 2018

Course content

Course content

The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a free-standing course which has two modules, Phase 1 and Phase 2. Each module is worth 15 credits. Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice in relation to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and in wider social contexts at work and in the community.

Two entry points for Phase 1 (September and January) and Phase 2 (January and April) enabling credits to go forward to a Professional Counselling Course for qualification, if desired.

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students.

The Counselling course is delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment.

It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. 

There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities.

A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources.

You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources on the shelves and online. 

Where this can take you

As a student in the Department there are a variety of opportunities which may be available to you. These include:

  • Study Abroad
  • Erasmus
  • Internships
  • Placements
  • Voluntary Research Assistant

Indicative modules

Indicative Course Content Phase 1:

  • Philosophy of Humanistic Practice
  • Carl Rogers Core Conditions
  • Acceptance
  • Empathy
  • Genuineness
  • Presence
  • Effective Listening
  • Non-verbal and Para-verbal Communication
  • Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
  • Introduction to Transactional Analysis
  • Introduction to Transference
  • Loss and Change
  • Perceptions and Attitudes towards Diverse Cultural Forms

Indicative Course Content Phase 2:

  • Exercises to Continue Self Awareness
  • Resistance and Reluctance
  • Immediacy
  • Defences
  • Challenges (Self and Others)
  • Johari Window
  • Appreciation of Difference
  • Hierarchy of Human Need
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Practice in Small Groups
  • Peer Assessment of Taped Interaction
  • Core Conditions of Humanistic Practice Accentuated
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transference
  • Feedback

Visit the Certificate in Counselling page on the University of Chichester website for more details!




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