This paper concerns the development of a self-instructional program for training in basic counseling skills. The product was a multimedia computer program, named GEVAT. The training under consideration was based on a traditional training in which students enhance these skills under supervision. Theoretical foundations that underlie the training in counseling skills are Bandura's social learning theory (1977) and Ivey's (1971) microcounseling method. In this paper the potential advantages of self-instructed education are described, and empirical evidence suggesting that self-instruction may improve the quality of education is cited. After describing the contents of the training, it is reasoned which elements of the training can be transformed into self-instruction and why. In addition, the development of the computerized self-instructional program GEVAT, is described. For each skill, theory, videotaped role models and exercises were provided. At the end of this paper, results are presented from a first evaluation study that focused on students' reactions to the program and on the effects of the training on their skill levels. In general, the program was evaluated positively.