Deepening Your Counselling Skills
Take the CourseDeepening Your Counselling Skills
Start Date23 October 2023
End Date17 December 2023
The Deepening Your Counselling Skills micro-credential builds on the core conditions of counselling as well as the phases and associated counselling skills of the Relational Skills Model.
Do you have basic counselling knowledge and skills? Develop your knowledge and application further with this specialised short course.
In this 8-week course, you will be introduced to Egan’s Skilled Helper Model, which is used as a framework and practical structure to apply and deepen your helping conversations with others.
Gain a deeper understanding of how to work with clients who are resistant, challenging, or diverse, while exploring the ethical considerations and the role of responsibility and accountability in the helping relationship.
Learn how to integrate and apply your current counselling skills with the Skilled Helper Framework.
Note: Given that the purpose of this course is to deepen your understanding and application of basic counselling skills, you will need to possess prior knowledge in this area.
Time commitment per week
An average of 10 – 13 hours weekly.
Is this course for you?
If you’re interested in building on your existing counselling skills, then this course is for you. The micro-credential is also relevant to those working in the teaching profession given its focus on applying helping conversations within your work role.
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What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained counsellor listening to an individual, couple or family and helping them find ways to deal with emotional issues and trauma. Counselling allows people to discuss their problems and feelings in a safe and confidential environment.
For more information on the qualities you need for a counselling career read our blog post.
- Class of 2023 October: 23 October – 17 December
- Class of 2024 February: 12 February – 7 April
- Class of 2024 March: 11 March – 5 May
- Class of 2024 May: 13 May – 7 July
- Class of 2024 June: 10 June – 4 August
- Class of 2024 August: 12 August – 6 October
- Class of 2024 September: 9 September – 3 November
There are no online classes. Course content is released on a weekly basis. This will allow you to work through the course material at a time that is most convenient for you, while still meeting the weekly targets on time.
Upon completion, you will receive a digital certificate of competence and badge. Your certificate and badge can be shared on 100+ social media platforms, allowing you to share your achievement with a single click.
The OpenLearning team has reviewed this course to ensure quality academic learning within the Malaysian and Australian credentialing framework.
An OpenLearning OpenCred is a type of credential that can stand-alone or interact with a formal qualification. OpenCred courses are market-leading online courses aimed at preparing learners for the future of work.
This course has been designed and developed by experts in the field of psychology. The Deepening Your Counselling Skills micro-credential is for anyone needing to upskill in this area and offers 80 hours of learning and assessment.
Learners study online with peers and receive robust academic content while acquiring practical industry-relevant skills.
Completing this course leads to obtaining an OpenCred.
- 80 hours of learning
- OpenCred classification: Pathway
Stack specified combinations of SACAP Global micro-credentials and they can be recognised as equivalent to a module within our degree programme at SACAP (South Africa).
Deepening Your Counselling Skills can be stacked with Fundamental Counselling Skills, and recognised as equivalent to a module within the Bachelor of Applied Social Science Degree (Majoring in Psychology and Counselling).
If you meet the minimum entrance criteria, you can enrol for the degree and apply for module exemption.
What You’ll Need
- Access to Microsoft Word
- Google Chrome (recommended)
- Stable internet connection
What You’ll Learn
Over the course of eight (8) weeks, through videos, readings and discussions, you will explore the following topics:
Week 1: Skilled Helper Model and its integration with the Relational Skills Model.
Week 2: First stage of the Skilled Helper Model: The Current Picture
Week 3: Second stage of the Skilled Helper Model: Preferred Picture
Week 4: Third stage of the Skilled Helper Model: The Way Forward
Week 5: Working with diverse clients, testing clients, responsibility and accountability.
Week 6: Ethical decision-making and working ethically and within your skillset.
Week 7: Review and application.
Week 8: Conclusion and summative project.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate self-reflective evaluation of creating an environment conducive to holding a conversation.
- Applied skills within Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the Skilled Helper Model.
- Identify areas of challenge when working with diverse clients and how to overcome those barriers.
- Incorporate ethical considerations into your helping conversations.
- Apply the Skilled Helper Model and associated stages, tasks and skills.
- Create a development plan for self-improvement in the application of your counselling skills.
You will have also created a portfolio of evidence, which you can use to demonstrate your understanding and knowledge of the core principles that inform how role models and leaders function to successfully engage with others.
Our short course developers and assessors are expert practitioners. They have been specifically selected for the breadth and depth of experience they possess in their respective disciplines. The team loves sharing their knowledge and online learning expertise to ensure that you get the most out of your learning journey.
Deepen your counselling skills and strengthen your frameworks to conduct effective helping conversations.
Improve your ability to work with diverse and challenging clients.
Learn how to apply ethical decision-making.