Counselling (Short Course)

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Free Counseling Course

Discover the web’s most flexible and enjoyable free counseling course, right here at Oxford Home Study Centre.  Our exclusive free counselling course online are now open for enrolment, with no prior knowledge or experience necessary.  Our free online counselling courses (with certificate available for a small fee) are based on the same high-quality materials as our paid courses.  Study the qualities, capabilities and characteristics of the counsellor, explore a series of essential counselling concepts and learn how to distinguish between counselling and guidance.  Build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to pursue a successful career in the field of counselling.  All course materials are included as standard, and no additional resources are needed to complete your counseling online free course.  Learn more about our counselling short course online, or contact a member of our admissions team anytime to learn more.

Why Study Counselling?

Everyone faces challenges and issues that must be overcome, in order to live a happy and fulfilled life.  The job of the counsellor is to provide invaluable assistance for those looking to make positive progress in their lives, who may be being held back by emotional issues.  Counselling is about helping people improve their self-awareness and build towards a more positive way of life.  As the reasons why a person seeks counselling are always unique, it is a concept that means different things to different people.  A qualified counsellor can help people from all walks of life overcome relationship problems, emotional difficulties, behavioural issues and social obstacles.  A fascinating and rewarding profession, dedicated to the betterment of others.  Take this introduction to counselling course online for free and discover how rewarding a career in counselling can be. 

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Differentiate between counselling and guidance
  • Understand the qualities and characteristics of a good counsellor
  • Describe the primary goals of counselling
  • Describe the various stages of the counselling process
  • Build good relationships of trust and respect with clients  

All free online certificate courses at Oxford Home Study Centre are 100% free of charge from start to finish.  There is no enrolment fee, all study aids are provided via our online learning platform and all of our courses are self-paced for total flexibility.

Our exclusive free courses provide the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge, develop new skills and explore new professions.  Upon completion of your free online certificate course, you will have the option of claiming one of three different types of certificates for a small fee:

  1. An official Course Completion Certificate from Oxford Home Study Centre
  2. A CPD Accredited Certificate to boost your CPD profile
  3. An Endorsed Certificate issued by the Quality Licence Scheme

Each of these certificates could prove helpful in supporting future job applications, or helping you climb the career ladder with your current employer. All certificates are 100% optional upon successful completion of your course - available to purchase with your preferred postage option.

For more information on certificate costs, head over to our pricing page or contact a member of the team at Oxford Home Study Centre anytime. 


Key topics and knowledge areas covered in this free online counselling course (with optional certificate available) are as follows:

Counselling as a Profession

A detailed exploration of the counselling sector and profession, outlining the primary roles and responsibilities of the professional counsellor. The cornerstones of effective counselling are also discussed.

The Primary Goals of Counselling

Outlines the main goals and objectives of counselling, while looking at the main reasons an individual may seek counselling and the limitations of counselling. The importance of establishing defined objectives is also examined.

What’s the Difference between Counselling and Guidance?

A fascinating look at the difference between counselling and guidance – two closely connected concepts which nonetheless serve entirely different purposes.  Candidates learn how to determine when and where counselling or guidance is the most suitable option.

Counselling Concepts

Examines a series of essential historical and contemporary counselling concepts, which form the core of effective counselling.  Candidates also consider the importance of establishing good relationships with clients as a counsellor.

The Qualities, Capabilities and Characteristics of the Counsellor

Details and discusses the soft skills and character traits that are essential for building a successful career in counselling. Course content also covers several potential challenges associated with working as a counsellor.

The Counselling Process – How Does it Work?

Candidates are provided with a detailed breakdown of the counselling process, with a step-by-step overview of how a typical counselling session works and the journey towards achieving the objectives of the client.

Common Counselling Myths and Untruths

A presentation of several long-standing myths and misconceptions about counselling, primarily concerning the reasons why people would choose to see a counsellor and what can be expected during a course of counselling.

When Should an Individual Seek Counselling?

A general overview of the most common reasons why clients seek counselling, including the potential signs and symptoms that a person could benefit from speaking to a counsellor.  Instances where counselling would not be recommended are also discussed.



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Course Level Short Course
Awarding Body OHSC
Study Method Online
Course Duration 20 Hours
Entry Requirements Open to All
Start Date Ongoing