Introduction to Counselling A - Held in Reading

Course summary

  • Mon 02 Oct 2017 to Mon 04 Dec 2017
  • 7:00-9:00pm 10 meetings
  • Room 111, Building 22, London Road Campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ
  • From £250.00
  • 10 CATS points
  • Course code R17P262PCW
  • +44 (0)1865 280892
  • Course ended

Introduction to Counselling A - Held in Reading


A short course exploring human development and relationships from a therapeutic perspective. Participants will learn about key psychodynamic concepts and develop their listening, helping and observational skills in a friendly and supportive environment.

These skills are transferrable to many occupational roles and will also provide a basic introduction to those contemplating further counselling training.

Programme details

Term Starts:   2nd October   

Week 1:             Beginnings

Week 2:             What is Counselling?

Week 3:             Listening Skills

Week 4:               Ourselves and Others

Week 5:              Life Stages

Week 6:              Defences

Week 7:             The Therapeutic Relationship

Week 8:               Theory into Practice

Week 9:             What Next? Transferable skills

Week 10:              Review of Term, Endings


Background Reading:

Mollon, P. Ideas in Psychoanalysis: The unconscious
Dryden, W. Counselling in a Nutshell

If you are planning to purchase books, remember that courses with too few students enrolled will be cancelled. The Department accepts no responsibility for books bought in anticipation of a course.

If you have enrolled on a course starting in the autumn, you can become a borrowing member of the Rewley House library from 1st September. If you are enrolled on a course starting in other terms, you can become a borrowing member once the previous term has ended.

Recommended reading

All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.

There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.


Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.


Course Fee: £250.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00


MISS Laura McDonald

Laura McDonald is a psychotherapist working with young people and adults. She provides consultancy to school and colleges and supervises trainee counsellor placements. Her dissertation research explored the relationship between psychotherapists and staff in education.

Course aims

An Introduction to counselling theory and listening skills. We will develop interpersonal skills, explore relationships in everyday life and provide an insight into psychodynamic theory. The course utilises participants personal experience along with a variety of teaching methods.

Course Objectives:

1. Explore models of human development and how we form relationships.

2. Acquire basic understanding of psychodynamic counselling theory

3. Enhance participants existing listening and helping skills.

Teaching methods

The course will employ theoretical, practical and experiential learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of counselling theory and concepts.

2. Understand how to listen to others effectively and empathically

3. Have an enhanced understanding of personal and professional development

Assessment methods

There will be one written assignment of 1500 words which will offer an opportunity to demonstrate the integration of the core strands of the course.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.


All applications will be forwarded to the tutor approximately three weeks prior to the start of the course. The tutor will review these applications and we will let you know if you will be invited onto the course soon after that review. Direct online enrolments are therefore not available. Instead, please download and complete BOTH forms below and return them to the Weekly Class Programme Office (address found on the enrolment form) accompanied by payment for the course fees. No monies will be debited until your place is confirmed.

1. Enrolment Form

2. Counselling Application Form

If you have any questions about the enrolment process please contact us.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)