Introduction to Counselling and Active Listening: Tue 26 Sept- 21 Nov (except 24 Oct & 7 Nov), 7-9.15pm & Sat 25 Nov 10- 2.15pm (Step2Skills)


You will learn about: the basics of the main modalities of counselling; the fundamental principles of therapy and the key skills involved in active listening. Some of the various pathways to becoming a therapist will be outlined (there are many!).

The two fold purpose of the course is: 1) provide an understanding of the therapy world and what is involved in being a counsellor, and 2) to teach how to be fully present when in an active listening mode.

Delivered over seven evenings (26 Sept – 21 Nov, (except 24 Oct & 7 Nov), from 7-9.15pm and Saturday 25 November from 10am to 2.15pm.

This course is funded by Step2Skills and are for residents of Hertfordshire only, if you have any questions please contact ACL on 01727 737154 or email


Am I right for the course?

This course is a basic introduction to counselling and active listening techniques. It is designed for those with either little, or no, prior knowledge of this area who want to: (i) learn more about the different modes of counselling, and (ii) improve their listening skills, on a personal and/or professional level.

Students need to be 19 years old and over to join. A large part of each session will involve experiential interacting (eg. In the listening skills’ session), so it will be necessary for the students to be open to take on the role of either “client”, listener or observer at any session. (This will be carried out in a safe and secure way.)

Assessment will be through ‘tutor assessment’ of individuals – by means of answering questions in group discussions, participation and completion of the exercises in class, and effective feedback of use of the techniques, between sessions, that they have learned in the class. There will also be a form of ‘peer assessment’ – i.e. giving to, and receiving feedback from, their peers/fellow students when working together in small groups.

Students need to attend regularly, each week, as this course builds upon the techniques taught. The skills will be developed on an incremental basis and students are invited to come with a willingness to raise their level of awareness of both themselves and others.

What Next?

During the course, further supportive resources such as books, articles, videos and websites will be discussed and highlighted, and there will be signposts to the various next possible steps within the wider area.

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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