If you are involved in any form of helping relationship – for example, nursing, teaching, support work, youth work or pastoral care - and want to develop your listening and communication skills, this course is for you. It is also a suitable introductory course for those who are considering training as counsellors.
The course operates an equal opportunities policy and is open to anyone who has an interest in working with people. You do not need to have had any previous experience of listening to or supporting others. Nor do you need to hold a Christian faith as we welcome anyone who is comfortable with our Christian ethos and values. It is, however, important to recognize that some of the content of the course is explicitly Christian in its perspective and that in addition to covering the same ground that any good listening skills course would address, we also include topics that will be particularly relevant for those working in a pastoral context.
Good listening lies at the heart of any effective helping relationship and this course will enable you to identify and develop the skills you already have as well as to acquire new ones. You will explore the personal qualities needed to be a good listener, you will learn about the importance of listening to yourself as well as to others and you will be invited to embark on a gently challenging journey of self-discovery.
You will be introduced to a range of basic listening skills and will also have the opportunity to explore some of the difficulties and sensitive issues you may encounter as a listener such as maintaining confidentiality, holding appropriate boundaries and dealing with people’s defences.
Finally, the course offers a very brief introduction to counselling and will help you to understand the differences between the supportive listener and counsellor roles.
What form will the sessions take?
This is a 12 week introductory course offering in total 70 hours of training. Each session will last for two and a half hours – from 7.00 to 9.30 pm - and will include a theoretical seminar (involving short teaching sessions, small group discussions and skills demonstrations) and a listening skills practice session in small groups led by a facilitator. Here you will have the opportunity to practice and develop the skills you are learning by listening to each other.
What additional work will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to keep a personal learning journal throughout the course in order to encourage you to reflect on your learning experiences, but the journal will not be assessed by the course tutors. You will also be expected to do a small amount of additional reading – wherever possible, before each session.
You will, in addition, have the opportunity to complete two short written assignments – a very short essay and a personal development profile. You may choose not to complete the written work, but will then be awarded an Attendance Certificate instead of the full Course Certificate.
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*More info: £120 to those in receipt of benefits
*Start date info: This is a 12 week introductory course offering in total 70 hours of training across one evening per week. Each session will last for two and a half hours – from 7.00 to 9.30 pm.
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Listening Skills, Counselling Skills (General)
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Price: £37.00Where: Bristol
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UPDATED on 14 Mar 2013: "The Being There - Basic Listening and Counselling Skills Introduction" offered in Bristol by Network Counselling And Training.
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