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Basic Counselling Skills (30Hrs.) Course Detail

(Distance Education)

Students will read the required textbook or manual for each section below and answer a series of essay-type questions relating to the material in the textbook. They will submit their answers by uploading them to their the Moodle platform. The Instructor will evaluate the answers and give the student a mark. 80% is a pass for each section.

To pass, the student must attain an 80% average in all 3 courses. The Instructor will provide support for the duration of the program.

Brief Course Description

  • Relationship building, exploring/probing, empowering and challenging.
  • Basic concepts of ethics, values, and self-awareness.
  • Examining the helping relationship and considering the core conditions necessary for counselling to be effective.
  • Active listening skills.
  • Active phase skills.
  • Working with various populations.
  • Cultural differences.

Course Prerequisites Admission Requirements

No Pre-requisites.

 Grade 12 English or interview with Instructor or an online English test.

Learning Objectives*

  • Conduct an effective initial client Interview
  • Refine Basic Counselling Skills and acquire new ones.
  • Learn to be self-reflective.
  • Learn Active Phase Skills.
  • Learn about Cultural differences.

Required course materials*

Choices: Interviewing and Counselling Skills for Canadians (Bob Shebib)  (purchased by the student) Computer and Internet.

Course Duration

30Hrs.

Homework Hours

As an online self-paced Distance learning program, homework hours cannot be separated from course duration hours. There are no separate “homework Hours

Delivery Methods

Distance education, Self-paced, No classes. This program material is accessible online, and the student reads the textbook and answers the questions in an open-book exam online.

Teaching Methods*

Distance education. There are no classes. See delivery methods

Method(s) of Student Evaluation*

Open book Essay Exams for each course. 80% average needed to pass.

Completion Requirements*

Students read the textbook or manual and answer the questions in an open-book exam which the students submit to be marked.  There is an 80% minimum mark requirement to pass the Essay Exam.

Clinical Assessment (20Hrs.) (Distance)

Brief Course Description

This course offers useful theory-based discussions on various ways to approach assessment as well as practical information, key concepts and case studies. Students will learn about the flexibility of assessment and that it is a continuous process carried out through the therapeutic relationship. To understand how assessment helps to give purpose to the therapeutic work done together and is a way to measure effectiveness. The student will also begin to understand and explore self as the assessor.

Course Prerequisites Admission Requirements

No Pre-requisites.

 Grade 12 English or interview with Instructor or an online English test.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to understand:-

  • The value, effectiveness and purpose of Assessment.
  • How assessment effectiveness is heightened when it is ongoing.
  • To understand the difference in assessment style required for organizations/agencies and in private practice.
  • To understand assessment is unique, individual and flexible according to client’s needs and wants in therapy.
  • Assessment can help to give a client some sense of direction.
  • Assessment as a collaborative process.
  • Assessing the client’s readiness for therapy.
  • Assessment and sieving for themes and hypothesizing.
  • Assessments and ethics and referrals.
  • Specific assessment skills and outcomes.
  • The role of the assessor.

Required course materials*

Understanding Assessment in Counselling and Psychotherapy Sofie Bager-Charleson and Biljana Van Rijn Series editor:

  • Norman Claringbul First Published in 2011 by Learning Matters LtdKindle Edition  Computer and Internet. Student purchases books.

Course Duration

20Hrs.

Homework Hours

As an online self-paced Distance learning program homework hours cannot be separated from course duration hours. There are no separate “homework Hours”.

Record Keeping/Note Taking (30Hrs.) (Distance Education)

Brief Course Description

  • Inclusive system for taking session notes for the documentation of therapeutic goals, interventions, legal and insurance reasons. Includes case studies, and a glossary of terms and templates for counsellors.

Course Prerequisites Admission Requirements

No Pre-requisites.

 Grade 12 English or interview with Instructor or an online English test.

Learning Objectives*

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to understand:

  • The importance and value of documentation and progress notes.
  • What to write and how much to document.
  • Formatting and maintenance of progress notes.
  • Documentation as a valuable tool for the evaluation of progress and treatment

Required course materials*

Computer and Internet. Student purchases bookThe Counselor’s STEPs for Progress Notes.A Guide to Clinical Language and Documentation 2nd Edition 2015 Rhonda Sutton, Ph.D. LPC, LPC‐S, NCC Kindle Edition.

Homework Hours

As an online self-paced Distance learning program homework hours cannot be separated from course duration hours. There are no separate “homework Hours”.

Delivery Methods

Distance education, Self-paced, No classes. This program material is accessible online, and the student reads the textbook and answers the questions in an open-book exam online.

Teaching Methods*

Distance education. There are no classes. See delivery methods

Method(s) of Student Evaluation*

Open book Essay Exams for each course. 80% average needed to pass.

Completion Requirements*

Students read the textbook or manual and answer the questions in an open-book exam which the students submit to be marked. There is an 80% minimum mark requirement to pass the Essay Exam


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