Training in Counselling Skills

counseling Psychologist

Training in Intentional Interviewing and Counseling- Micro-skills approach

An intentional counselor can help an individual bring out his or her painful life experiences through the skills of listening. By doing so, that individual is helped to be in the ‘here and now’ and re-experience his or her painful past. And healing begins when one begins to feel. So listening is healing. It is intended that through the 10 days program on “Training in basic counseling skills-A micro skills approach” the participants identify their blocks to listening, develop emotional awareness, and learn the basic skills of counselling.

What will the participants learn during the 10-day program?

The entire counseling skill training is divided into two parts: 1) the basic level and 2) the advanced level. At the basic level, you will be introduced to the basic level of skills called ‘Basic Listening Sequence’ (BLS) which include, Attending behavior, Questioning skills, Client observation skills, Encouraging, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, and Reflection of feelings. With these skills you will be able to conduct a five stage counseling session more particularly to draw out client’s issues..


What can one expect from the program?

Input sessions, demonstration of skills, role plays, practice in triads, demonstration of skills in large group.

What do the trainers expect at the end of one’s training?

Trainers will expect the participants to attain the following four levels of Mastery:

  • Level 1: Identification mastery: it is the most elementary level of mastery which requires the trainees to identify and classify the interviewing skills.
  • Level 2: The Basic Mastery: this involves being able to perform the skills in an interview.
  • Level 3: Active Mastery: This involves using variety of skills intentionally.
  • Level 4: Teaching Mastery: one way to achieve deeper mastery of a skills is to teach that skills to someone else.

At the end of your 10 day basic skills training you will be required to achieve at least the first two levels of mastery.

Who can gain from this training?

All who are in leadership positionsleaders, HR managers, teachers, Social workers, psychologists, parents and those who want to look at counseling as a profession.

Solution-focused brief counseling (SFBC): This is two-day skills training for those who have the basic counseling skills. The focus here is on looking for solutions based on what worked for the client in the past. This approach is very useful in the context of schools, particularly while counseling middle school and high school students.