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Basic Counselling Skills & Approaches - 101

About the programme

BCS&A-101 is an entry level course. The two day program is directed at a curriculum that teaches attitudes, behaviours and skills that would be a prerequisite to the advanced course and to life in general. The Basic Counselling skills and Approaches (BCS&A) programme offers a sound foundation in counselling theory, skills and practice, that serves as a strong foundation for personal growth, profession practice and for advanced learning. 

The Course is designed for Practitioners, enthusiasts and newcomers at a graduate level from any discipline who wish to work as intervention professionals in the field of counselling psychology, therapy  and for professionals who wish to acquire counselling skills to enhance their performance in the role that they already occupy in their workplace e.g., teachers, HR professionals or leadership coaches, etc.

The Course also prepares its students for a mental health examination,  to refer appropriately, and to work cooperatively with other mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists and psychologists.

Objectives of the Certificate Programme:
The educational objectives are as follows:

  • To develop awareness and sensitivity to social realities and individual’s subjective realities in the context of their ecosystem of individuals and society.

  • To understand the difference between counselling practice as a profession and the use of interpersonal and counselling skills in other helping professions.

  •  To develop competencies for use of interpersonal and basic counselling skills ethically and safely.

  •  To develop awareness and sensitivity about the process of individual change and personal growth with regard to self and others

  •  To develop personal qualities and competencies to plan and engage in relevant support and supportive interventions.

Pre - work

  • Counselling and Introduction to Fr. Dick’s model 

  • Introduction to Psychology 

  • Sensitivity to diversity and inclusion

  • Basic life skills :

  1. Empathy and non-judgemental attitude (here and now)

  2. Active and reflective listening 

  3. Backtracking and summarising 

  4. Assertiveness and being appropriate 

  5. Autonomy and decision making

  6. Silence

  • Personal care and ethics

  • Processes of counselling

  • Pre-reads and excerpts

Each of the above pre-work topic comes with intext questions (MCQs or subjective based on the quality of the topic) - this is just indicative and not for evaluation purposes 

There would be a 50 mark final paper at the end of the Pre-work - this is again indicative and not for evaluation purpose

The pre-work and its assessment is a requisite to attend the Basic class on counselling skills and approaches

Class Syllabus :

1. Day One

  • Module one  :
    Communication, hierarchy, listening and Rapport building through emphatic channels of unconscious patterning. 

  • Module two :
    Intervention model, elicitation and session contracting through V2MOM and the verbal SC-R-OE Model.  Stages of counselling & ending the counselling relations.

2. Day Two

  • Module three :
    LSIP and how Language creates experience, calibration through Sensory acuity. Understanding how we organise data, access memory and represent life events. 

  • Module four :
    Understanding the clients perception model and the maps they have created through Verbalisation and NVC. mapping of GDD and then introducing probing models, tools and techniques to recover GDD.

Evaluation and certification

  • One peer review lab with the chief moderator and peer reviewer

  • One literature review

  • Six practice sessions based on basic skills of counselling

  • Written integration paper (objective and subjective)

Basic Counselling Skills & Approaches Course Certificate,

Learner Outcomes:

By the end of the programme, the learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic skills of counselling session behaviours and attitudes 

  • Display through role-plays initial rapport building with the client in the first 15 mins 

  • Establish therapeutic alliance with the client through empathy, listening skills, responding, paraphrasing, reflection, observation and silence.

  • Establish and sustain the boundaries in the helping situation/roles.

  • Participate in self-reflection by using feedback to enhance interpersonal and counselling skills with clients and peers in the class.

Skills Lab:

  1. Calibration through Sensory Acuity and eliciting the client’s preferred modality of representation, assimilation and processing 

  2. Rapport building 

  3. Backtracking and feedback communication 

  4. Intervention skills through rapport

This qualification is intended for candidates who want to:

  • Learn basic  interpersonal and counselling skills (listening and responding skills) in helping roles.

  • Find out more about counselling (this qualification won't teach them to be a counsellor, but may help them decide whether or not they want to train as one);

  • Improve professional and personal relationships.

Upcoming Batch in June 2023

Date : 17th and18th, June 2023
Time : 9am to 7:30 pm

Location : Live - Online
Intake: 40
Eligibility : Graduate in any discipline from a recognized University.
Entry requirements : No previous training or experience in Counselling / Counselling Skill required.

Medium of Instruction: English

Age: 23 and above

Progression: Successful candidates after clearing all the requisites may progress onto the Integrated Counselling Skills Diploma Programme (ICS-DP) offered by the fellowship.

About the Facilitators

Anil Thomas

Anil is an internationally certified NLP Master Practitioner and Gestalt Therapist. He owes his therapeutic skills to Dr. Richard (Dick) McHugh; SJ. Ph.D.

Anil is a Mentor for the 'International Journal of Neurolinguistics & Gestalt Psychology' (IJNGP)

 He conducts the 'Global Certification Courses' based on the Classic (original) Code, integrating the depth alchemy of New code and the 3rd description. He has authored more than 10 books in the space of Neurolinguistics, Mental Health and Gestalt Therapy. Even today, Anil practices therapy and conducts LAB sessions with the Master Practitioners, in that way he continues to contribute and learn simultaneously. 

Co-facilitator, Moderator & Peer Review Panel


Aarti Asrani

Aarti is a TEDx Speaker, Bestselling Author, Law Of Attraction & Consciousness Coach, NLP & Gestalt Master Practitioner, Psychotherapist, & a Health & Wellness Consultant.With over 24 International Certifications in her field, has authored four books.

Aarti has helped people across the globe to overcome health, life and emotional issues like finance, stress, migraine, depression, separation, vertigo, anxiety, fear, addictions and more

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