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This course provides students with a thorough understanding of counselling processes and practices. It includes overview on the basic helping skills, major theories and techniques in counselling. Challenges for beginning helpers are discussed in this course as well.

Programme Fee

Awarding Body: 

This programme is designed, delivered, assessed and awarded by SEGi University through the Africa Open Learning Platform. 

Endorsement & Recognition: 

This programme is recognized and endorsed by the Seychelles Qualifications Authority (SQA), established under the Seychelles Qualifications Authority Act of 2005. 

Entry Requirements: 

Entry Requirements - No 
Age Experience - 23 Years Above 
Language Proficiency - Yes 
Numeracy Proficiency - No 
Pre-requisites - No

"The Helping Professions
- What is helping?
- Settings in which helpers work
- Helper qualities and skills"
"The Helping Relationship
- The importance of the relationship to clients
- Accurate empathy
- Positive regard
- Congruence/genuineness
"Communication Patterns in the Helping Process
- Ritualized patterns of communication
- Interactive communication across diverse client groups
- Silence"
"Attending Skills
- Communication of attentiveness
- Verbal following behavior and selective attention
- Cognitive and affective messages and differentiation
- Types of affective messages"
"Listening Skills
- Paraphrase
- Reflection of feelings
- Summarization
"Action Skills
- Questions
- Reflection of meaning response
- Challenging responses"
"Managing the Helping Session
-The first interview
-Structuring of initial moments
-Intake interview content
"Managing the Helping Session
-Handling subsequent interviews
-Terminating the interview
-Terminating the helping relationship"
"Conceptualizing Client Issues and Setting Change Goals
- The client’s world and unmet needs
- The role of helper in assessing client concerns
- Assessing key components of client issues
- Process and outcome goals
- Elements of effective outcome goals: smart Goals
- Translating vague concerns into specific goals: subgoals
- Client resistance to goal setting and the stages of change model
- Client participation in goal setting"
"Using Integrative Helping Strategies and Interventions
- Working with client feelings
- Working with client behaviors
- Working with client beliefs and attitudes
- Working with client language, symbolic meaning, and stories
- Working with client interactional patterns and relationships
- Working with client cultural and social systems"
"Considerations and Challenges for Beginning Helpers
-Professional identity
-Clinical supervision
-Professional affiliations and credentialing
-Professional development
-Ethical and legal issues"

Coursework - 60%
Exam - 40%

Credit Transfer: 

Upon successful completion of this Micro-credential certificationin Counselling Skills (BPSY), students will be able to transfer grades and credits into the following programme(s):

  1. Bachelor of  Psychology
Continuing Education: 

Upon successful completion of this Bachelor of  Psychology programme and meeting the necessary entry requirements, students will be able to progress into the following programme(s):

  1. Master of Psychology