• Health and Social Care

    Counselling Theory for Practice - An Introduction

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    This course runs on a Tuesday evening in Ayr and Kilwinning from 6pm to 9pm for 18 weeks. These times include a period for shut down procedures at the end of the night.

  • Start Date

    Jan 2022

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This course is aimed at people who have completed the Unit Counselling: An introduction which introduces the learner to the purposes of counselling and the skills required of the role.

What's involved

This Unit is for learners who have little experience of counselling. After achieving this Unit you cannot refer to yourself as a qualified counsellor. It does not offer entry to the Professional Register.

This unit will introduce learners to the main theoretical schools of counselling. Learners will investigate the Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioural Schools of Counselling and the role of the counsellor using each approach.

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

  • You'll explore cognitive behavioural counselling theory. This approach suggests that all thought patterns and subsequent behaviours are learned, and can therefore can be unlearned to achieve good mental health.
  • You'll look at humanistic counselling theory. Humanistic counsellors work with the belief that it is not life events that cause problems, but how the individual experiences and processes life events. Humanistic counsellors aim to help clients to explore their own thoughts and feelings and to work out their own solutions to their problems.

  • You'll look at psychodynamic counselling theory, which suggests that behaviour is determined by instinctual drives. It is based on the assumption that difficult life events get stored in the unconscious mind and can be problematic to our mental health. Only be becoming aware of these repressed memories can people become more psychologically healthy and live a more autonomous and insightful life.

  • Counselling skills will be developed, and you will be encouraged and supported to reflect on your skills using feedback from tutors and peers to identify areas of personal strength and areas requiring further development.

The course is a good preparation for more advanced level courses such as the COSCA and HNC Counselling courses. Specific entrance requirements for the advance level courses will apply.



This course is eligible to pay by instalments. Please contact our Finance department for further information on 01563 537871

This course is eligible for Individual Training Account (ITA) funding, depending on individual circumstances. For further information on funding go to our Funding and Fees tab to the right.

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Start Date

Jan 2022

Places available



Start Date

Jan 2022

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