• Care

    Introduction to Counselling

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Tuesday evening in Ayr from 6pm to 9pm for 12 weeks. These times include a period for shut down procedures at the end of the night.

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Entry is at the discretion of the centre. This Unit has been designed for candidates who have no previous experience of counselling.

What's Involved

This course focuses on the 3 main areas required to effectively council people in different circumstances - knowledge and understanding of counselling theories, practical counselling skills and personal development.

Here's some more of what you'll be doing:

  • You'll explore behavioural and cognitive counselling theory. Look at how psychological or emotional difficulties are acquired and perpetuated, and how changing thinking or behaviour patterns can bring about positive change.
  • You'll look at humanistic counselling theory, based on the humanistic approach which focuses on the uniqueness of the individual human experience as the guiding factor within the therapeutic encounter.
  • You'll look psychodynamic counselling theory, based on the psychodynamic approach which focuses on helping a person live a more autonomous and insightful life.
  • You'll develop your skills in group counselling looking firstly at the group process, including theories, dynamics and norms within a personal development group. You'll then practice your own skills both as a participant and facilitator.
  • You'll have the opportunity for self-evaluation, including reviewing your own understanding of theory, your relationship with and impact on others, and your strengths and weaknesses in relation to maintaining a professional counselling role.
  • You'll look at addictive behaviour and the different types of dependency addictions, including drugs, alcohol, gambling, exercise and dieting. You'll explore the theoretical models to explain addictive behaviour and treatment approaches.
  • You'll also look specifically at substance misuse, developing skills in relapse prevention techniques, and empowerment for personal choices.
  • You'll develop skills in counselling for loss, grief and bereavement. Look at theoretical models for loss, explore ritual and experiential activity, and learn about reactions to loss.



This course is eligible for Individual Training Account (ITA) and Fee Waiver, depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding go to our Funding and Fees tab to the right. Apply for your funding now to ensure it is in place before your course starts.