Introduction to Counselling

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

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.

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.

Introduction to Counselling

Room G42, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Start date
4 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Mon 31 Jul - Thu 3 Aug, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Subject Area
Janice Crawford
Room G42, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Time of Day

Over the course, the following topics will be addressed:

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

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.

Core Readings


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

Class Handouts

Class summaries and lecture notes will be provided.

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.