Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is 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.

This course 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 and particularly 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.
  • Development interpersonal skills through self evaluation and feedback from peers and tutors
  • Practical skills assessmentShort external assessment
  • Completion of a module on Loss and Bereavement.

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 standard.

Placements/Work Placements

There are no formal placement requirements for this course but it is helpful if you are in paid or vuoluntary work where you are closely interacting with people in a helping role.

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?

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

What are the College attendance requirements?

You will attend College for one evening a week. You will keep aweekly reflective journal which gives evidence of your learning and participate in both formal and informal skills development activities and assessments.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

There no are specific additional costs. The College has an extensive library of counselling and counselling related materials but you may like to buy your own reading material.

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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