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Professional Counselling Course! Study Professional Counselling Supervision by Distance Learning

A valuable course for people interested in pursuing a career in counselling or wishing to set up their own practice.

Learn more about effective, ethical and  efficient counselling practice with this great course.

Course Duration:  100 hours

Course Structure

The course is divided into seven lessons as follows:

  1. Understanding Counselling:
    • The client-counsellor relationship
    • Effective counselling
    • Counselling the counsellor
    • Counsellor’s values
    • Multicultural counselling
  2. Ethics & Confidentiality:
    • Needs
    • A code of ethics
    • Informed consent
    • Right to privacy
    • Legal requirements
    • Use of psychometric tests
    • Ethics and multiple relationships
    • Keeping records.
  3. Understanding the Self:
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-monitoring
    • Self-concept
    • Social Perception
    • Attribution theory
    • Implicit personality theory
    • Relationships
    • Social exchange
    • Love and intimacy.
  4. Personality:
    • What is a healthy personality?
    • Trait approach
    • Psychodynamic approach
    • Humanistic approach
    • Social learning and cognitive approaches.
  5. Emotions & Behaviour:
    • What are emotions?
    • Emotions and Counselling
    • Effect on communication
    • Aspects of emotions
    • Emotional expression and counselling.
  6. Supervision:
    • Why supervision?
    • Working with others
    • Quantity and effectiveness of supervision
    • Personal counselling
    • Dependency
    • Types of supervision.
  7. Referral Practice: 
    • Counselling v mental health issues
    • Secondary care counsellors
    • Abnormal psychology
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Schizophrenia
    • Personality disorders



  • Explain why a counsellor needs to be open to personal growth.
  • Discuss personal qualities that are beneficial to a counsellor.
  • Discuss how the counselling of a counsellor can be of benefit to their personal effectiveness’
  • Describe how a counsellor’s own values can impose on the counselling process’
  • Outline the importance of an ongoing education and an awareness of other cultures.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of other useful counselling qualities.
  • Discuss the importance of having a ‘code of ethics’ in counselling.
  • Describe what is meant by ‘informed consent’.
  • Discuss the extent to which the client has a ‘right to privacy’.
  • Understand when and how psychometric tests may be used.
  • Describe how to keep client records.
  • Discuss how the counsellor’s own sense of self-awareness can affect the counselling process.
  • Describe how self-perception can influence identity, roles and self-actualisation.
  • Define schemas, scripts, and attributions and their influence on social-perception.
  • Discuss the effect of attractiveness, closeness and similarity on relationships.
  • Discuss the effect of different levels of self-disclosure on the counselling relationship.
  • Describe symptoms of relationship breakdown.
  • Define a ‘healthy personality’.
  • Discuss the effect of nature and nurture on personality.
  • Describe the use of 2 different personality tests.
  • Compare and contrast 2 different approaches to personality and their application to the counselling process.
  • Discuss what is meant by emotions.
  • Describe the effect of emotions on communications.
  • Define different aspects of emotions including: physiology, cognition and behaviour.
  • Demonstrate ways in which emotional expression can affect the counselling process.
  • Discuss different methods of supervision of counsellors.
  • Describe how dependency can evolve in the counselling process.
  • Discuss the importance of upgrading skills and ongoing supervision.
  • Outline methods of observation used in supervision.
  • Discuss the counsellor’s responsibility to the client.
  • Explain what might be considered as abnormal.
  • Define symptoms of commonly encountered disorders 

    It is assumed that students will have some previous experience of psychology.

    A suitable course if you have no previous experience might be our Introduction to Psychology course.
    Study Professional Practice in Counselling to improve your own counselling practice.
    A useful course for any counsellor to undertake.
    An important part of counselling is for the counsellor to continue to grow and develop their own experience and counselling practice.

  • Study Counselling Practice Course By Distance Learning and Learn Appropriate Counselling Practices and Procedures

    Study professional practice in counselling in your own home in your own time.

    Study at your own pace.

    Learn from the experts – our tutors!

    Understand the underlying theories and practices in counselling.

    Do you work in counselling? Are you thinking of setting up your own professional practice? This is the course for you. It will help you to develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. Students will also gain knowledge of the self, personality and emotions and their effect on the counselling process as well as being introduced to some of the most common disorders.  It also covers personal growth, psychometric testing, referral procedures and more.....

    Pre-requisites: It is assumed anyone undertaking this course will already have a basic grounding in psychology and counselling, at least equivalent to the “Introduction to Psychology” course offered through this school.

    Meet some of our academics

    Tracey Jones B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies) Tracey began studying psychology in 1990. She has a wide range of experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects. She has been a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work and has also written many textbooks, blogs, articles and ebooks on psychology, writing, sociology, child development and more. She has had also several short stories published.
    Miriam ter BorgPsychologist, Youth Worker, Teacher, Author and Natural Therapist. Miriam was previously an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Youth Worker, Surfing College Program Coordinator, Massage Therapist, Business Owner/Manager. Miriam's qualifications include B.Sc.(Psych), DipRem.Massage, Cert Ourdoor Rec.
    Gavin Cole Psychologist, Educator, Author, Psychotherapist. B.Sc., Psych.Cert., M. Psych. Cert.Garden Design, MACA Gavin has over 25 years of experience in psychology, in both Australia and England. He has co-authored several psychology text books and many courses including diploma and degree level courses in psychology and counselling. Gavin has worked for ACS for over 10 years.

    Check out our eBooks

    Psychological ProfilingPsychological profiling is used to assess anyone from potential new staff and school children to serial killers. It helps you to determine someone’s personality, neuroses, mental health and career suitability. This book provides an excellent overview of psychological profiling techniques and pitfalls.
    Psychology DictionaryThis book provides explanations for common terms used in Psychology.
    Counselling HandbookA book for both students, as well as volunteers who may be involved in helping people with problems. This is a starting point for understanding counselling, and a reference for developing counselling skills. The book contains seven chapters: 1. Where can counselling be used 2. How to see behind the mask 3. Emotions and attitudes 4. How to communicate better when all you have is words 5. Theory versus practice 6. Diffusing difficult situations 7. Golden rules or tips
    How to be a Life CoachLife coaching is a relatively new profession - although coaches have been around for a long time in the guise of trainers, instructors, managers and tutors for various professions and disciplines. Life coaching is not easily defined, but it is a type of mentoring which focuses on helping individuals to achieve what they would like to achieve and thereby to lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike other forms of coaching, it takes place outside of the workplace and is concerned with all aspects of a person’s life.