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May 2022




Distance Learning


The Distance Learning Intercultural Counselling Practice and Processes course will offer you training on understanding different cultures, psychosocial contexts and their impact on counselling practices. It will enable you to develop a variety of counselling skills which can be applied in a range of interpersonal, intercultural 'helping' and consultative roles. It will also expand your critical understanding of the underpinning theory and research evidence relating to what works in counselling. There will be a specific focus on professional areas of application related to healthcare and humanitarian sectors. 

The course gives you the chance to practice your counselling skills weekly during experiential sessions online (that can be video-recorded) with your classmates and to receive feedback live or via email from lecturers and other peers.

For the schedule for June 2022: Please contact Dr Lucia Berdondini, Course Leader.


The Intercultural Counselling Practice and Processes course is an accredited Level 7 (Postgraduate) short course with 30 credits. You can study it flexibly as stand-alone short course without credit (without assignment), with credit, or use it as a building block for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Humanitarian Intervention course. 

The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Range of counselling theories with a particular interest in humanistic/existential theories and practices
  2. Psychosocial counselling theories and practices
  3. Research evidence - effectiveness in therapy and the 'common factors' research
  4. Helping relationships

          i. Developing a collaborative alliance

          ii. Relationship qualities - empathy, acceptance and genuineness

5. Core counselling skills

          i. Attending

          ii. Listening

          iii. Empathy

          iv. Probing and challenging

6. Humanistic and Existential counselling and practices;

7. Working creatively using art and cultural resources (poems, music, body work)

8. Moving Forward - Developing goals, plans and interventions


You will develop and expand your self-awareness, self-reflection and counselling skills during skills practice where you will receive and give constructive feedback and observations. 


Every week you will attend pre-recorded lectures (1 hour and half each) and live skills practice sessions (1 hour and a half each) for a total period of 12 weeks. The course is Distance Learning only and it is led by highly experienced lecturers with professional qualifications and expertise in either Psychotherapy or Counselling Psychology.

You will engage in experiential activities and skills practice with your peers. At the end of the course, you will submit: 

  • one skills practice session of 15 minutes in the role of listener;  and
  • written essay (2000 words) on a critical reflective analysis.


To be eligible for this course, you will need a degree (Minimum 2:2 Honours) in any discipline. You can also apply to this course if you have a professional qualification as either social worker, registered nurse, medical doctor, chartered psychologist, psychotherapist or counsellor. 

Prior basic training in Counselling or Counselling Skills is required. 

At the time of the application, please provide a personal statement where you introduce yourself, explain your reasons for applying to this course and give information about prior training in this field.


  • Non credited: £1,317 
  • Credited £2,170 (home)


This course will enable you to integrate intercultural competences and intercultural counselling skills and qualities in your existing professional role, enhancing communication and relational competences. 

It can also be used if you are interested in progressing your studies and career in international humanitarian psychosocial intervention.  

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our  Career Coach portal.