Course Information

Who is the course for?

For anyone who wants to extend their skills with people. Counselling skills have proved to be effective in many work roles where interactions between people occur. For those who are looking for a change of career to take them into one of the helping professions, this is an excellent starting point. It is particularly relevant for those in education, health, social services, a voluntary organisation, personnel or management. Men and people from ethic minorities are under represented are welcome.

What does the course involve?

  • Health and safety in the helping process
  • The importance to the counselling process of maintaining appropriate moral and ethical standards according to The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy- (BACP) Ethical Framework
  • The counselling setting
  • Sharpening observation
  • Listening skills
  • Responding skills
  • Deeper level counselling skills and processes
  • The importance of therapeutic alliance to the helping process
  • Awareness, acceptance and understanding of self and others

Learners will also be considering

  • Who am I?
  • How do I respond to others?
  • How do others respond to me? In my work helping others? In the rest of my life?
  • What more do I need to work on and where do I go to do that?
  • Some of the processes and dynamics of the of the group
  • How to work with loss and grief

What makes this course special?

  • Tutors delivering this training are members or accredited members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • This award is designed with reference to BACP Core Curriculum and linked to NHS Knowledge and Skills Frameworks and Skills for Health Psychological Therapies standards

Entry Requirements

A genuine interest in people and a willingness to engage in personal development work. It is helpful to have completed an introduction to counselling.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Students keep a reflective journal which gives evidence of their learning
  • Ongoing assessment of skills through self evaluation and feedback from peers and tutors
  • Practical skills assessment
  • Short external assessment

What are the progression options?

On successful completion of the Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills learners can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling. 

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