University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 6: Introduction to Counselling Skills Part 1

Presented on Tuesday, 13th September 2016

Course evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 17
Number of Respondents: 15

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Improve my listening skills with others. Remember I don’t need to try to fix the ‘problem’.
More thought about what parents are actually asking.
Respond differently to parents. What’s underneath the iceberg?
Take it to my work with families.
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.
I will think more about what I am hearing and how I respond.
Good advice for working with families and to be mindful of how you come across.
I will hopefully stop myself from jumping in and trying to ‘fix’ things or give advice!
To further develop and continually improve the counselling, coaching and collaboration skills to enable deaf children and young people and their families to make positive life changes.
Reflect on our role in supporting VI young people and their families and use the approaches which were explored today.
In supporting parents and young people in schools with issues which affect them.
How to “watch” without interrupting constantly. I will practise and use in speaking to families.
Everyday conversations with parents, teachers and pupils.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Looking at things form a different perspective. Talking to other people; learning from their experiences.
Clear, lots of good clips and opportunities to discuss.
Varied activities.
Sharing experiences with others on course.
I enjoyed the presentation style - varied and interesting with good ideas for keeping us all engaged.
The speaker was very knowledgeable.
Hearing how families feel and the impact professionals can have on them when giving information.
I liked the pacing of the course. Lots of opportunities for discussion and lots of examples.
Valuable content. Opportunities to reflect on practice.
The opportunity to consider case studies and share with each other.
Enjoyed the pace and opportunities to think about issues. Scenarios and coming up with responses was very useful.
Very clearly the difference between terms/words. Videos.
The speaker was lovely, clear and well spoken.
Liked the activities and video clips.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

More time spent on examples and practising skills being taught.
A video about a ToD and parent.
More time.
I would have enjoyed watching counsellors (teachers) sharing good practice in counselling pupils/parents.
I had thought the course was more for how to speak to the pupils as opposed to the parents.
Possibly some more specific VI content although we are able to use the information and apply it to our VI context.
Specific link to education situation - (narrow down).
More of the afternoon content.

How did you hear about this course?

Course Info Email from SSC: 9
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 2
SSC Website: 2
Other: SCoD Bulletin: 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Early Years support.
What’s the goal? Activities, etc.
Looking forward to Part 2.