Certificate in Para-Counselling


The course aims to equip individuals with the fundamental knowledge and skills in counselling, when working alongside with certified counselling professionals in their daily work.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  • Examine the roles of a para-counsellor and guiding principles of counselling
  • Explain counselling approaches used when working with clients
  • Apply active listening skills and questioning techniques during when communicating with clients
  • Address barriers of communication in the communication process with clients
Target Audience

Target audience includes new entrants with less than two years in the social service setting, and also child protection workers, school counsellors, medical social workers, police officers who posess the following:

  • A minimum of three GCE ‘O’ Level credits including English Language as a first language
  • At least two years of working experience

The skills and knowledge for this course, which the learner is assumed to possess, are as follows:

  • Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6
  • Be able to use numeracy skills equivalent to the Employability Skills System Workplace Numeracy (WPN) Level 6
Assessment Requirements

Learners will be assessed for competence using Written Test (1 evening) and Role Play (1 evening) in this course. They will need to achieve 'Competent' for both the Written Test and Role Play to be certified competent for successful completion.
Course Agenda
The programme will feature 5 modules, held over 20 evenings.
The modules are:
Module Title Content Duration
Module 1:
Introduction to Counselling
  • Introduction to Counselling & the role of Para - counsellors
  • Self-awareness of a Counsellor
  • Recognising local demographics in Counselling (Seniors, Children, Families)
9 hours – 3 evenings
Module 2:
Models & Theories in Counselling
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Person-centred Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Counselling
  • Children Counselling
18 hours – 6 evenings
Module 3:
Approaches in Counselling
  • Working with Groups (1)
  • Working with Groups (2)
  • Attending & Listening Skills
  • Responding & Questioning Skills
12 hours – 4 evenings
Module 4:
Counselling Techniques & Communication
  • Relate Theories and Integrate in Counselling Skills
  • The Egan's Model (Stage 1 & II)
  • The Egan's Model (Stage III)
9 hours – 3 evenings
Module 5:
Practicum for Counselling Skills
  • Learning Journey to Social Service Organisations
  • Practical Preparation for assessments
  • Assessment*
  • Site Visit
12 hours – 3 evenings and a 3-hour site visit held during office hour

*Assessment for all modules comprising
- Written Test (1 evening)
- Role Play Assessement (1 evening)
and as a Role Player (1 evening)