About the workshop

The Introduction to counselling concepts for educators aims to introduce basic counselling concepts, where participants learn how to do “first stop counselling” (a type of “emotional first aid”). (Educators will not become professional counsellors.)

Course outline

The course consists of eight units:

Unit 1: What is counselling?

Unit 2: The counselling process

Unit 3: Characteristics of an effective counsellor

Unit 4: Help directory

Unit 5: Counselling skills: Listening

Unit 6: Counselling skills: Asking questions

Unit 7: An effective counselling session

Unit 8: Disclosure and working with children

Course outcomes

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define counselling
  • Explain the counselling process
  • Describe the behaviour and characteristics of an effective counsellor
  • Discuss listening as an important counselling tool
  • Discuss different types of questions and start using questioning techniques effectively
  • Identify effective elements in a reported counselling session
  • Discuss issues around the law and abuse, the safety and health of a child who has been abused and disclosure, counselling and communicating with children
  • Compile a directory of helpful resources in their area

Requirements for passing the course

  1. Full attendance at every session
  2. Submission of four assessment tasks. It is necessary to receive a “Competent” rating for all assessment tasks to pass the course.

Course length and delivery

The course is delivered over 2 one-day sessions, to take place at least a week apart.

Enquiries and enrolment

Email: miet@miet.co.za