EDUC 5501

Introduction to Counselling Skills

3.0 Credits


The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the development of counselling skills and improved interpersonal relationships through the exchange of ideas, feelings and attitudes. Through interaction and experiential learning activities, students will develop a working knowledge of counseling and interviewing skills, and procedures.

Delivery Methods

Online, Paced.


Meets the admission requirements to the MEd.


After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the principles and elements of the counselling interview.
  • Demonstrate purposeful and effective counselling skills in a counselling interview.
  • Demonstrate the ability to establish an effective helping relationship, including attending to cognition, affect and meaning.
  • Outline the role of psychological theory in application to the helping process.
  • Describe ethical issues for helpers and ways of committing to ethical professional practice.

Course Outline

EDUC 5501: Introduction to Counselling Skills includes the following 12 modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to the Counselling Profession
  • Module 2: Ethical Issues--Multicultural Competence and Diversity: The Role of Theoretical Orientation in Practice
  • Module 3: Ethical Issues and Professional Boundaries--Skills of Attending, Empathizing and Observing
  • Module 4: Developing Counselling Goals--Skills of Questioning, Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Module 5: Dealing with Emotional Intensity--Skills of Reflecting Feelings and Listening During a Five-stage Counselling Session
  • Module 6: The Art and Practice of Counselling--Skills of Focusing, Exploring and Challenging
  • Module 7: Influencing--Skills of Reflecting Meaning, Reframing and Transitions
  • Module 8: Strategies for Client Change--Skills of Self-disclosure, Feedback and Immediacy
  • Module 9: Theoretical Orientation in Practice--Skills of Integration and Closure
  • Module 10: Counsellor Burnout and Self-care--Skill of Integration
  • Module 11: Counselling Skills in Various Settings--Skill of Integration
  • Module 12: Reflecting on Learning, and Goal Setting for the Future

Course Duration

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Corey, M.S. and Corey, G. Becoming a helper. (7th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2016.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 9781305085091
  1. Ivey, A.E., Ivey, M.B. and Zalaquett, C.P. Intentional Interview and counseling. (9th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2017.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 9781305865785

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. You can order the texts through the TRU Bookstore at . A textbook list will be provided with a registration package when you are eligible to register. If you have any questions please contact the MEd program at

Additional Requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.

You will require a web cam along with a headset or computer microphone and speakers to participate in synchronous online meet-ups.

Someone in your group will need to have video equipment and editing software to record practice sessions and cut into shorter segment for submission for marking.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 70% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project.

Assignment 1: Video Recording and Reflective Paper 1 10%
Assignment 2: Reflective Practice Journal 1 10%
Assignment 3: Transcript Analysis 15%
Assignment 4: Video Recording and Reflective Paper 2 10%
Assignment 5: Reflective Practice Journal 2 10%
Online Discussions 15%
Final Project: Final Video Recording Demonstration and Paper * 30%

* Mandatory