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Introduction to Counselling

Course Times & Enrolment

(Code PD040-202) Classes: Sat. 3 Feb, Sun. 4 Feb, Sat. 10 Feb, Sun. 11 Feb, 10:00-16:00 1.18 Patersons Land • Tutor: Janice Crawford
This course is now closed for enrolments
(Code PD040-402) Mon, 30 & Tue, 31 July, Wed, 01 & Fri, 03 August, 10.00am - 4.00pm LG48 Paterson's Land • Tutor: Janice Crawford
This course is now closed for enrolments
(Code PD040-102) Sat & Sun, 2 weeks, begins 11th Nov, 10am-4pm, 1.18 Paterson's Land Course location to be confirmed •
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Course Summary

The course will introduce participants to the fundamental skills associated with counselling and different counselling models.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge is required to participate in this course.

Special Infomation

This is not a counselling training course, and it is not suitable for individuals who require support with personal issues. Anyone who believes they require support is strongly advised to seek professional help from a recognised and qualified person or organisation.

Content of Course

Day 1

  • What is Counselling?
  • Active Listening Skills

Day 2

  • Empathic Responding Skills
  • Introduction to Counselling Models

Day 3

  • Person-Centred Counselling & Core Conditions
  • Psychodynamic Counselling

Day 4

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling
  • Transactional Analysis

Teaching method(s)

The course will be taught through a combination of tutor-led sessions followed by small group-work, and participant skills practice. Short film clips will be shown to illustrate concepts. The course is intended to be highly interactive.

Learning outcomes

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • utilise active listening skills;
  • understand counselling from a range of perspectives;
  • explain Rogers’ three core conditions of counselling.

Transferable skills

  • Active listening.
  • Interpersonal communication.
  • Participation in discussion.


Core Readings

  • McLeod, J., 2003. An Introduction to Counselling. London: McGraw-Hill.

Class Handouts

Class summaries and lecture notes will be provided.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.