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If you are considering training to be a counsellor or would simply like to improve your listening and communication skills in everyday life, this course is for you.

During this 10 week introductory course the group will consider the concept of counselling, what makes a counsellor and what attitudes and values are required. You will be introduced to the basic counselling skills of active listening, responding, questioning and summarising and an understanding of non-verbal communication. You will also explore the importance of confidentiality within a counselling context, and set out a counselling framework, leading to an understanding of the various stages of a counselling relationships. The subject areas are covered by tutor input, group discussion, working in pairs and experiential work. This course is designed as a ‘taster’ for anyone considering pursuing further counselling training and meets the pre-entry requirement for the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling and Psychotherapy which runs every two years at Bottisham. You will develop self awareness, explore your strengths and weaknesses and look at how these affect your relationships. You will identify your own attitudes and values and evaluate your own performance and set personal goals.


Janina Bell BA (Hons), PGCE, Dip IIP (Counselling), MBACP (registered), MASIIP is co-tutor on the Diploma course at Bottisham Village College.  With a background in education and social care, she is an experienced counsellor and trainer, running a private practice working with children and adults.  She has a particular interest in family and parenting work and runs regular workshops for parents with adopted children.

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