Counselling Skills 1

Course Code: SSW 153

Academic Year: 2019-2020

This course will introduce students to theoretical concepts and practical skills necessary to assist clients in defining their problems and identifying desired outcomes. Students will be introduced to the theoretical foundations of various models of counselling as well as basic active listening skills. Focus will be placed on learning how to help clients identify and emphasize their strengths through searching for positive assets related to concerns, issues and problem resolution. Learning to facilitate client self-empowerment and development will be done by acquiring additional skills in the effective use of questions, observation and reflection of feelings and a broader understanding of the client's behaviour and communication style. Learning outcomes will be achieved through the use of lecture, discussion, experiential exercises and presentation of audiovisual resources.