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Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills

Course Ref: TK233
Start Date: Thu, 16th Jun 2022
Time: 10:00AM - 04:00PM
Register By: Tue, 7th Jun 2022
Cost: £30 per person TKAT staff only.
Location: The Kemnal Academies Trust The Atkins Centre , Sevenoaks Way, Sidcup, DA14 5AA
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Target Audience:

All staff who may draw on counselling type skills in their work with children and young people


Overview of workshop:

At a time when mental health presentations in young people are at unprecedented levels and resources limited, we would like to offer schools the opportunity of training selected staff to manage early interventions with skills, strategies and confidence.

Hosted by Tara Cresswell:

Tara has been working in the field of Psychotherapy for 25 years, specialising in young people. She established and now manages the TKAT Counsellor in Training Programme and has created a Centre of Excellence at Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley for Counselling provision.

Tara is a trainer and qualified tutor for counselling models, supervises counselling teams and is a consultant for Psychotherapy provision.


Objectives of workshop:

The Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills will include:

  • Basic skills/theory in counselling to support managing mental health presentation, complex issues, relationship building and behaviour management.
  • Strategies to support working with key presenting issues i.e. anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation and crisis sessions.
  • Skills practice and feedback.
  • Exploration of ‘how safe are we to talk to’? Reflection of ourselves in the adult/student relationship.


Additional Information:


Car-parking is available for visitors to the Atkins Centre and Centre Staff alike at the front of the school, please enter by the gates from Sevenoaks Way (opposite Cornwall Drive). Please do not park in unmarked spaces, or in marked visitors’ spaces (unless previously booked). Parking is provided on a first come, first served, basis. If there are no spaces available there is alternative parking for Atkins Centre visitors on the roads surrounding the College. Please use the pedestrian access at the front of the College on Sevenoaks Way, if necessary.

Visitors to the Atkins Centre are advised that under no circumstances are they to seek to park/gain access via the rear of the College, in order to ensure the College maintains its safeguarding responsibilities.



Almost all the COVID restrictions have now been lifted at the Atkins Centre as there is no longer a requirement for social distancing or wearing a face covering in an indoor setting.  We will however continue to ensure that all rooms are well ventilated, ensure there is more regular cleaning and encourage regular hand washing / use of hand sanitiser.

If for any reason you have not taken up the Covid-19 vaccination, or remain clinically vulnerable, we would advise the following:

• TKAT employees who have disclosed non vaccination status should make us aware of any additional control measures that they need in place in order to stay safe.

• Other visitors should disclose any additional needs related to Covid-19.

If you experience any of the main COVID symptoms, you must not attend the Atkins Centre and arrange for a COVID PCR test. You should then follow Test and Trace/Government guidance.



Just a reminder that all attendees are expected to be dressed in a professional and business-like manner unless otherwise stated in the event details.


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