University of Edinburgh

Introduction to Counselling Skills: Part 1

Presented on Tuesday, 13th September 2016


Are you called upon to use non-professional counselling skills in your work with deaf/visually impaired children, young people, adults and their families?

Do you feel equipped to handle these challenging situations?

Participants explored the skills and strengths needed for non-professional counselling using resources developed with The Ear Foundation by some of the leading experts in the field.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the issues faced by professionals in their current practice.
  • To explore and reflect upon the impact of deafness and vision loss on individuals and families.
  • To analyse approaches to non-professional counselling and the relationship between the professional and child, adult or family.
  • To understand the difference between professional and non-professional counselling.
  • To reflect upon and possibly change or finely tune your current practice.
  • To generate ideas on how to apply principles of non-professional counselling to these everyday situations.


Participants said:

"Clear, lots of good clips and opportunities to discuss."

"I will be much more aware of my response to parents and pupils about questions and try my best to be an excellent listener rather than problem-solve."

Target Audience

Suitable for all professionals working with children, young people or adults, and their families.


Diana Harbor, The Ear Foundation, Nottingham