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Introduction to counselling

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The tremendous expansion of counselling over the last 20 years reflects the changing nature of society, an increase in the number of people perceiving a need for professional help with their problems, and a growing recognition of the value of such support. This 12-week online course provides an accessible and interesting introduction to the theory and practice of counselling. While the course is primarily theoretical, it also develops some awareness of the basic skills in counselling practice. You will get a good grounding in key topics in counselling, including its cultural and historical origins; different theoretical orientations; and the vital role of the counselling relationship.

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11 Apr 2015 See description
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18 Oct 2014 See description
£290.00
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11 Apr 2015 See description
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11 Apr 2015 See description
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18 Oct 2014 See description
£658.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

11 Apr 2015 See description
£658.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in April 2016.
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18 Oct 2014 See description
£290.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

11 Apr 2015 See description
£290.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in April 2016.
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18 Oct 2014 See description
£658.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

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11 Apr 2015 See description
£658.00
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Registration opens on 24/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in April 2016.

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What you will study

This course reflects a growing interest in counselling and the helping professions generally, which in turn has led to more people seeking careers in these fields. In addition, there has been widespread recognition of the value of an understanding of counselling theory and skills to other ‘people oriented’ professions, such as human resources, whether in the private or public sector. This course provides a starting point for people interested in pursuing a career in counselling or those who simply want to know more.

The course introduces a range of issues central to counselling, including the cultural and historical origins of counselling, different theoretical approaches to counselling (including humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural orientations), and the fundamental role of the counselling relationship in enabling growth and change. In addition, basic skills in listening, attending and responding appropriately will be introduced and developed through audio-visual materials and structured self-directed activities.

The course is taught primarily through a textbook and other text-based study materials. Counselling skills are also introduced through a specially produced DVD and by practising self-directed activities. Online forums are offered to further support students in their learning.

Vocational relevance

Whilst this course does not qualify students to practise counselling, it does meet the needs of new students who wish to complete a ‘taster course’ in order to determine whether counselling is a suitable career, as recommended by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It also provides academic and practical learning of relevance to many others – for instance, those in business or other professions where ‘people skills’ are particularly important – who are seeking further knowledge and training in basic counselling theory and skills.

Entry

Introduction to counselling is a Level 1 course that provides core subject knowledge and study skills. 

As there are some aspects of the course content and activities that are not suitable for students under the age of eighteen years, entry is only open to students over the age of eighteen at course start date.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio-visual components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Textbook and written study guide material, DVD and additional learning resources available online via the website.

You will need

A television and DVD player.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with study material. They will mark and comment on your written work, and you can ask them for advice and guidance with your studies. In addition there will be online forums. If you are new to the OU, you will find your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in April 2014, October 2014 and April 2015. We expect it to be available twice a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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For more information read Distance learning explained.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code D171
Credits 15
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
No examination
No residential school

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