Counselling Skills in the Workplace

Course Duration is 1 Day

£425.00 Plus VAT

Delivery Method

Face To Face Delivery  Virtual Delivery One To One Coaching Closed Group Course Public Course

Business Benefit

The working population spend a large part of their lives in the workplace and sometimes work and personal problems can diminish their performance and affect their well being. Timely appropriate help and support from a colleague could prevent the problem escalating and resulting in stress and under performance. This course aims to give delegates the skills to offer that support.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who may be required to offer help and support to others in the working environment.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Practising the skills and attitudes involved in aiding colleagues to autonomously resolve their issues is a valuable endeavour within the workplace. This encompasses honing the abilities of active listening, empathy, and providing guidance without imposing solutions.
  2. Understanding the potential and limitations of counselling is of paramount importance. Counselling can facilitate self-awareness and emotional well-being, yet it is imperative to acknowledge that it may not be a universal remedy for all concerns and might not suit every individual’s needs.
  3. Demonstrating the adept utilisation of listening and supporting skills involves actively engaging with one’s colleagues. Providing them with a secure and non-judgmental environment to express their concerns is vital. Moreover, offering empathy and encouragement is key to this process.
  4. Exploring and engaging in ‘person-centred’ problem-solving entails adapting one’s approach to meet the specific needs and preferences of each individual. This method necessitates considering their unique circumstances and allowing them to actively participate in seeking solutions.
  5. Describing the distinction between counselling and alternative forms of support and guidance is essential. Counselling typically concentrates on personal and emotional matters, employing a therapeutic process. In contrast, other types of support and guidance may encompass practical advice, mentoring, or coaching, each with distinct objectives and methodologies.
Course Content
  1. Counselling Skills and Their Application in the Workplace: Counselling skills encompass active listening, empathy, non-judgmental attitude, and effective communication. In the workplace, they are utilised to create a supportive environment, assist colleagues in resolving personal or professional issues, and enhance overall well-being and productivity.
  2. The Positive Utilisation of ‘Power’: Power in the workplace can be employed positively to drive change, make decisions, and influence others in a constructive manner. Effective leaders use their power to inspire and motivate their teams, fostering a collaborative and productive atmosphere.
  3. Adopting the Correct Attitude for Counselling: To be an effective counsellor, one must adopt an empathetic, non-directive, and non-judgmental attitude. This approach encourages open communication and helps individuals feel safe and supported when discussing their concerns.
  4. The Skills of Active Listening: Active listening involves giving full attention to the speaker, asking clarifying questions, and providing feedback. This skill is essential in counselling as it allows the counsellor to understand the speaker’s perspective and emotions deeply.
  5. Being Disciplined with Time: Time management is critical in the workplace. Being disciplined with time involves setting priorities, avoiding procrastination, and ensuring that tasks are completed efficiently and effectively.
  6. The ‘Person-Centered’ Framework for Problem Solving: The person-centered approach to problem-solving places the individual at the forefront. It involves tailoring solutions to the unique needs and preferences of the person, fostering a sense of empowerment and ownership in finding solutions.
  7. When and How to Confront and Challenge: Confrontation and challenge should be approached with care and sensitivity. They are necessary in situations where unacceptable behavior or issues need to be addressed. Effective communication and a respectful tone are essential in such cases.
  8. Practising the Skills of Reflecting and Summarising: Reflecting and summarising skills are crucial in counselling. They involve paraphrasing and recapping what the speaker has said to ensure understanding and encourage further discussion.
  9. Action Plans: Action plans are a structured way to outline steps to achieve specific goals. They provide a clear path forward, helping individuals and teams make progress towards desired outcomes.

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These follow up coaching sessions help support your colleagues to embed their learning during their skills transfer period.  Applying new skills and changing behaviour takes effort and practice.  After attending a training course many colleagues will find they need support through this transition.  EQV can provide that support with follow up coaching sessions to help embed the learning.

Embedding coaching sessions can be delivered in 90 minute and half day durations.  The facilitator will work with the group to capture feedback about challenges and how to overcome them ensuring success going forward.

Having a formal embedding coaching session will not only increase the success of the skills transfer period but helps create a platform of motivation, inclusivity and commitment within the group.