PSYC06015 2016 Counselling Skills 1: Foundational Helping Skills

General Details

Full Title
Counselling Skills 1: Foundational Helping Skills
Transcript Title
Coun Skills 1: Helping skills
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Broderick, Anna Fewer-Hamilton
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling SG_PCOUN_S06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

This module provides a foundation level training in basic counselling skills that are suitable for use in a variety of helping roles. Learners will gain an understanding of the helping relationship and will develop skills in active listening and other basic responses as well as developing an awareness of the self. Skills will be developed through experiential learning and reflection.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a capacity for counselling related interpersonal engagement in a classroom setting eg active listening.


Describe foundational helping skills and their predicted outcomes.


Demonstrate foundational helping skills, reflecting an understanding of their importance, in simulated practice scenarios with peers.


Transfer and apply theoretical knowledge of counselling skills to non‑therapeutic real world helping situations.


Identify the scope (benefits and limitations) of interpersonal work with clients in counselling and other helping contexts.


Reflect critically on strengths and areas for further development in their counselling skill set in order to improve.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning will take place through both didactic and experiential methods, including but not limited to skills demonstration, role play, peer feedback and use of case studies.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment is through continuous assessment including completion of portfolio entries following each workshop, recorded skills practice, and assignments.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment procedures will adhere to IT Sligo policies and procedures and will be discussed and decided at Examination Boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The helping relationship: helper roles, formal and non‑formal counselling, empathy, rapport and relationship building, attending, observing.

Helper presence: the internal frame of reference, person centred counselling, attending, active listening, immediacy

Helper responses: basic reflecting, paraphrasing and summarising, verbal and non verbal reinforcers, early foundational exploration skills.

Help: counselling structure and process, contracting, confidentiality, ethical aspects, record keeping, stages in counselling, resistance, referrals

The helper: the self as helper, awareness and metacognition, self‑care, personal competency and limitations, ethics and best practice, the shadow side of helping.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Experiential skills training workshops 5 Fortnightly 2.50
Tutorial Online Online support 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-12-06 Basic Counselling Skills: A Helper's Manual SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN 0857024175 ISBN-13 9780857024176

This Third Edition of Basic Counselling Skills remains the most accessible and practical introduction to the basic counseling skills essential for the helping professions.

Steeped in vivid case examples, experimental activities and therapeutic dialogue, this multidisciplinary book provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to the subject, working through each stage of the helping process.

The key skills covered include starting, structuring and summarizing the helping process, active listening, offering challenges and feedback, facilitating problem solving, improving clients' self-tale, rules and perceptions, coaching, demonstrating and rehearsing, managing resistance and changing referrals, and conducting and terminating help.

Accessible, practical and concise, this bestselling book also discusses ethical issues and dilemmas, multicultural and gender aware helping, providing a master class for anyone using counseling skills in the course of their work.

Recommended Reading
2011-05-03 Essentials of Intentional Interviewing: Counseling in a Multicultural World (HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques) Brooks Cole
ISBN 0840034563 ISBN-13 9780840034564

An excellent guide to interviewing in the helping professions, ESSENTIALS OF INTENTIONAL INTERVIEWING, 2nd Edition delivers a more concise and accessible version of the Iveys' bestselling INTENTIONAL INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING. Ideal for beginning helpers, the Second Edition retains the authors' proven Microskills model of teaching vital interviewing skills step by step. Its multicultural focus reflects the diverse nature of today's society. It also integrates the five systems of helping--person-centered, decisional counseling, brief counseling, crisis counseling, and coaching--and includes new content addressing such critical topics as psychoeducational skills and Internet counseling.

Module Resources

URL Resources

The IACP Code of Ethics

Other Resources

video recording equipment