Introduction to Counselling Skills

Module code: AE1200

Module co-ordinator: Mary Graham 

In this module you will explore the role of boundaries and confidentiality in the practice of counselling. You will learn how to maintain a therapeutic stance and how to use a conceptual framework for listening and for making interventions. We will consider also the use of empathy in the therapeutic relationship.

Topics covered

  • Understanding the difference between counselling skills and counselling
  • Identifying listening skills
  • Understanding feelings and non-verbal communication
  • Empathy
  • Role-play practice
  • Identifying ways of asking questions
  • Paraphrasing and summarising
  • Understanding issues in working with diversity
  • Study skills training
  • Self and peer assessment


This module is studied by distance learning. 


  • Role play (30%)
  • Learning journal, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (40%)