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How to make counselling more effective

If you advise, treat or counsel disturbed or distressed people, this could be the most important course you ever take…

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Effective Counselling online course

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  • Price: £159 £127.20 per person

Price includes course notes and life-long access

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Original price was: £159.00.Current price is: £127.20.

Counselling is on offer everywhere, yet its effectiveness varies enormously. Some counsellors are brilliant, others useless – some even harm clients (albeit unwittingly).

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Why take this course

CPD Provider LogoDespite the wealth of research findings available to us today, the field of counselling and talking therapies still lacks a shared, cohesive evidence-based approach as to the best ways to help people – as a result, and despite the hardworking army of counsellors and psychotherapists (operating from a wide range of models), the rates of depression, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviour etc continue to climb.

This online counselling course cuts through the ideology and concentrates on what we know from research findings works – and why – important information if you want to ensure you’re helping your patients as quickly and effectively as possible.

Tutor Joe Griffin is an acknowledged expert on psychological interventions for depression, anxiety, anger disorders, trauma and addiction. He has transformed the outcomes of thousands of counsellors by showing them how to work with the givens of human nature – the result is a truly holistic, evidence-based and powerfully effective approach that empowers clients and helps them build resilience against future setbacks.

If you work with, or support, distressed adults or children, you will gain essential new information that will make your work easier and more effective.

The training course also provides an excellent foundation for anyone interested in becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist – it will help you see the wood for the trees – and could even save you years of wasted effort!

Discover for yourself what can be done to make counselling much more reliably effective – and why this powerful approach is inspiring so many in the caring and teaching professions. Take the online course now.

I've learnt more about effective counselling today than on my 2-year university course!


What will you learn

  • New insights from skills-based research and neuroscience which are proving hugely beneficial and improving outcomes
  • Information (that no one else has given you) to make you more effective in your work – straight away
  • Knowledge of the major myths that still continue in the field and make much counselling ineffective – taking this course could save you years of wasted effort!
  • The core counselling skills of brief therapy that really make a difference fast – even with ‘stuck’ clients
  • A scientifically sound knowledge of why these techniques are so valuable
  • Moving and instructive case histories, including films of different brief therapy sessions for depression and anxiety which show effective counselling in action
  • Demonstration of an essential skill for treating a wide range of problems
  • A greater understanding of the mind/body connection and unconscious processes
  • How to avoid harming people in counselling and psychotherapy (as can sometimes happen unwittingly, however well meaning the therapist)
  • A new understanding of the revolutionary human givens approach to counselling and psychotherapy and how it can make you more effective if you work in these fields
  • The importance of working in this truly holistic, integrated and evidence-based way
  • Knowledge of what we all need to maintain our emotional health and new insights into what goes wrong for people
  • A flexible framework for defining and generating mental health and wellbeing
  • The link between effective psychotherapy/counselling and learning
  • A solid grounding in what it takes to be an effective counsellor or psychotherapist and the skills required
  • Includes course notes
  • Accredited CPD certificate
  • and much more…
Counts towards a Diploma

Counts towards a Diploma

By taking this course, you could be on your way to completing Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma – a flexible, part-time psychotherapy course which will deepen your psychological knowledge and increase your ability to help people effectively and quickly.  Learn more >

Course Programme

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Anyone whose work involves advising, treating or counselling disturbed or distressed people
  • All health and welfare professionals, including: psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, doctors, nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists, pastoral workers, social workers, support workers, youth workers, trainee counsellors, university welfare officers and school counsellors
  • Planners with responsibility for managing care resources
  • Anyone considering a career in counselling or psychotherapy – or who would like to know more about the most effective strategies for alleviating emotional distress (for personal or professional reasons)
  • Advisors and managers responsible for staff welfare

What's included?

  • Videos
    15 Videos
  • 23 Quizzes
  • PDF Course notes
  • Lifetime access
    Life-long access
  • CPD Certificate
    CPD Certificate

Course format

‘How to make counselling more effective’ is based on our one-day seminar of the same name. This online counselling course is split into 4 modules, each of which are broken down further into different sections containing filmed lectures given in English by the tutor, Joe Griffin.

Each film clip is followed by a short series of multiple choice questions. These are designed to help you think about and absorb the course content and to check that you have understood the main points of that section before proceeding to the next.

There are also course notes for you to download, plus additional reading information and helpful links.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

You can take as long as you like to work your way through the course and can view it as many times as you like.

Once you have completed the course, you will receive an Accredited CPD certificate, which counts towards the Human Givens Diploma.

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This course has been independently assessed by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office for 6 hours of CPD training.

Meet your tutor

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Joe Griffin

Joe Griffin is a psychologist with many years’ experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

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Reviews for this course

5/5 (17 Reviews)
  1. Lorraine Thompson, Teacher

    ‘A high standard and thoroughly engaging presentation with clear examples which help to understand new ideas. I enjoyed the format of videos followed by multiple-choice questions. The case studies are extremely helpful. A very inspiring introduction. Thank you.’

  2. Iona

    I really enjoyed this course, Joe’s approach is informative, inspiring and structured. Excited to start the next!

  3. Pauline Ronan, Teacher and life coach in training.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was broken down into manageable chunks and was delivered with ease, humour and passion. I felt that Joe genuinely cared about his patients and that high quality therapy is available out there to help people change their lives for the better. I am really looking forward to completing the next module in my quest to achieve my diploma.

  4. Tony Haynes-Gould, Learning and Development Officer

    A refreshing experience that has inspired me to learn more with the Human Givens College. The course is broken down into bite-sized sections meaning you can do as much or as little as you’d like in one sitting. Each section allows you to check your knowledge before moving on. I enjoyed the format which made it feel almost as though you were part of the live class. Joe’s knowledge and down to earth sense of humour, added to the enjoyment.

  5. Lorraine

    As a hypnotherapist, I really feel I am adding to my toolbox with these wonderful online courses. Would you consider adding more for those of us living outside the UK? Thanks very much for the course – I love Joe’s touches of humor!

  6. Sam

    I learned such a lot completing this course. It’s been really interesting and has made me want to carry on and learn more.

  7. Jean

    The presenter was engaging, amazingly human, and gave fabulous examples. I would love to complete the Diploma – I wish Human givens could come to Australia to teach. Have already done some counselling study but this really brings things together and ties in latest research to models of therapy.

  8. Síle Uí Chiaráin

    The essence of Human Givens counselling and that which renders it such a successful therapeutic modality is that it is derived from, built upon and an is an expansion of the best of all other therapeutic approaches as well as a menagerie of the most up-to-date and effective solution focused strategies devised to facilitate the restoration of good mental health and well-being to Human Givens clients. The organising idea that is Human Givens is a bio, psycho, social model developed against a credible and ever updating backdrop of knowledge about human behaviour, neurobiology and psychology which is all the while birthing and fine tuning effective interventions and strategies to improve mind/body function to wellness in a short, sharp and science-based fashion. This course not only teaches the efficacy of counsellors themselves coming to their practice with a healthy and fluent knowledge of psychology and human behaviour, but actually provides the relevant tutorage on some of these pivotal, psycho-educational topics: brain hemisphere function, the function of the emotional brain, the role of problematic states in human behaviour such as trance states, the role of imagination, the power of free will and ones observing self, gender differences re thinking, feeling and communication. I found the reference to psychotherapy versus pseudo therapy within this course, most enlightening. Together with a detailed revelation of some of the common myths about counselling, I’m clearer now on the profile of a good counsellor and look forward to employing Human Givens tried and tested techniques for restoration of balance in the lives of my clients going forward. The APET model is a very valuable tool for assessing at what point a therapist needs to intervene and begin the RIGAAR process to facilitate a speedy return to clarity, balance and general well-being, and the efficacy of both are masterfully shared on this course. This course identifies the significance of clarifying nominalisations from abstractions to who did what to whom so that the real issues are addressed speedily. The myriad of passive knowledge required by good therapists to facilitate rapid rapport building is beautifully delivered by Joe, from pacing and leading to breaking rapport smoothly, an art form requiring much practice and perfecting. Objectivity, clever questions, accurate summarisation and goal setting are hugely important in an effective therapy session and this course deals admirably with the preparation of therapists and aspirant therapists for such. Rehearsal as a form of accelerated learning is acutely reinforced with a variety of very fine examples of the importance of rehearsing success before the client leaves the therapy room. Suffice to say that by using guided imagery and by communicating with a metaphorical mind, a skilled therapist will be able to help clients to separate the concept of their core identity as different altogether from their perceived problems. This course is uniquely capable of preparing therapists for exactly that using its evidence based styles and techniques. As long as clients understand that they arrive into this world with fundamental emotional needs that must be met but that they have a set of resources to aid and abet exactly that, then the wonderful content of this course teaches therapists how to give hope to clients and motivate them to engage their own ‘healing brain’. ‘Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you, As a fish out of water hears the waves… COME BACK, COME BACK. This turning toward what you deeply love saves you’ Rumi

  9. Dora

    I really enjoyed this course, I found it to be very informative. I particularly liked the way Joe used examples in the videos creating a greater understanding of the topic.

  10. Judith

    I recently completed both HG courses. I am grateful that each course provided material that I can use immediately in my practice. Most of all I am grateful that both personally and professionally there are practical and concrete ways to address human needs and improve life using our innate resources.

  11. Elaine

    This course was great to emphasise some of the skills from previous modules, and also to bring together all of the skills needed to structure a good therapy session with a client. Valuable information! Joe delivers his information in a clear and concise way, giving lots of workable examples. He is a very knowledgeable and likeable person, whom you can connect with easily even on video 🙂 Thanks Joe!

  12. Felicity

    Well paced lecturing style, fascinating and hope filled content, very easy to follow and understand. Enough science to make a lay person feel informed but not too much to make that same person overwhelmed. Excellent stuff thank you.

  13. Rebecca

    I really enjoyed this Module and learnt lots. I love the way Joe presents and it is a pleasure to listen to his seminars. The module questions helped me to do active learning and to remember key points. Can’t wait to start my next module.

  14. Sarah

    Excellent on-line course – clear and well structured. Great idea to break up the course content with multiple choice questions – I like the way the icons bounce up and down to let you know what to click next!

  15. John

    Very useful course. A concise summary of Human Givens Counseling. Great job right from the first segment comparing HG counseling to the way many of us were initially trained to be therapists, and the harm some of those methods could cause. I look forward to reviewing the content of this course again. I find the questions to be a good and useful review. Joe is an engaging speaker, as well as endearing, with his sense of humor and smile. The quality of the audio and camera work is superior to most training videos I have taken in the past.

  16. Lisa

    It was as exciting as it seemed when I first read about the approach. I’m also really pleased to find something that fits with my own values and philosophy of life.

  17. Ellen

    This course has renewed my enthusiasm for my profession and shown me clearly what I need to be doing from now on to make a concrete difference to people’s lives. Such a humane, positive and realistic approach.

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