Counselling Skills

Counselling Skills Course

The Communication and Counselling Skills course is also a nine week course and it too is run on experiential learning principles.  People learn best from what they do, and there is a weekly practical component built in to this course.

LifeLine counselling is based on the theories espoused by Carl Rogers, a well known psychologist.  He believed that every person has the answers to their own problems and that the primary task of the counsellor is to empower the client to find those answers.  The approach is non-directive and non-judgemental. The counselling is person centred and is based on the principles of unconditional positive regard and a belief that each one has the desire to grow.

The training follows a logical progression of acquiring skills, beginning with the basic one of learning to listen actively and effectively.  Each week a new skill is added to the would-be counsellors’ repertoire until by the end of the course, everyone has a range of skills which will enable them to deal effectively and supportively with any situation a client may bring. Despite the proliferation of niche counselling organisations, the biggest advantage of the LifeLine training, is that it equips counsellors to deal with the full range of human experience, trauma or tragedy.  And it also enables our counsellors to simply ‘be there’ for those who are in need of a friendly, accepting ear.You can download your course application by clicking the “download form” button below:

Please note that our courses will remain via zoom until it is deemed safe to revert to in person attendance. Please also take note of the dates of the courses as some are out of sequence to cater for religious holidays.

Training Dates & Costs

Course dates for CCS0 – 2021
(Tuesday evenings, 19h00-22h00):

Session 1: Tuesday, 19 January 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 2: Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Session 3: Tuesday, 02 February 2021

Session 4: Tuesday, 09 February 2021

Session 5: Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Session 6: Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Session 7: Tuesday, 02 March 2021

Session 8: Tuesday, 09 March 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 9: Tuesday, 16 March 2021 (Compulsory)


Course dates for CCS1-2021 
(Thursday mornings, 10h00 – 13h00):

Session 1: Thursday, 15 April 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 2: Thursday, 22 April 2021

Session 3: Thursday, 29 April 2021

Session 4: Thursday, 6 May 2021

Session 5: Tuesday, 11 May 2021 (Please note change in week day)

Session 6: Thursday, 20 May 2021

Session 7: Thursday, 27 May 2021

Session 8: Thursday, 3 June 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 9: Thursday, 10 June 2021 (Compulsory)


Course dates for CCS2-2021
(Wednesday mornings, 10h00 – 13h00):

Session 1: Tuesday, 20 July 2021 (Compulsory) (Please note change in week day)

Session 2: Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Session 3: Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Session 4: Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Session 5: Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Session 6: Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Session 7: Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Session 8: Thursday, 9 September 2021 (Compulsory) (Please note change in week day)

Session 9: Tuesday, 14 September 2021 (Compulsory) Please note change in week day)

Course dates for CCS3-2021 
(Thursday evenings, 19h00 – 22h00):

Session 1: Thursday, 23 September 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 2: Thursday, 30 September 2021

Session 3: Thursday, 14 October 2021

Session 4: Thursday, 21 October 2021

Session 5: Thursday, 28 October 2021

Session 6: Thursday, 4 November 2021

Session 7: Thursday, 11 November 2021

Session 8: Thursday, 18 November 2021 (Compulsory)

Session 9: Thursday, 25 November 2021 (Compulsory)

Course Fees: R3200

Early Bird Special: R3000

Installment Plan Terms: Deposit payment R1 200.00 prior to course commencement to secure your seat.

(PLUS 2 additional payment of R1 200.00 prior to Session 9. Total: R3 600.00)

“My journey started almost twenty years ago with a Personal Growth Course offered by LifeLine Western Cape.  A year later I completed the Counselling Skills Course and my time as a volunteer LifeLine counsellor showed me that this was the direction I wanted my life to move in.  I quit my secure, well-paid job to study psychology full-time and have never looked back.  I have been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for many years now and find my work deeply rewarding.  Both my personal and professional growth rest firmly on the foundation provided by those original LifeLine courses.  Do them, you won’t regret it!”

Lisa Padfield,


Cape Town