The main topics are:
Use counselling skills ethically and safely
Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role
Work empathically as a helper
Focus on the helpee’s needs and concerns
Use self awareness in helping work
Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction
Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills
To achieve the qualification, candidates must be assessed as Proficient in all 7 areas identified above and must present a range of evidence types, through portfolio development, skills observation and learning records.
Fifteen weeks, part-time, two x 3hr sessions per week
Employment / Further Study
This qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.
This qualification is for:
• Those interested in the first level of training as a professional counsellor
• Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles
• Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.
This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles. It provides an additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement
This course won’t teach them to be a counsellor but may help them decide whether or not to continue training.
On completion, progression to the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies is possible, which may further lead to progression onto the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, following which registration as a counsellor is possible.
Further information about the Certificate may be found on the CPCAB website.
You must have a level of spoken English that allows you to complete the assessment requirements of the course. Preference will be given to those who have completed a relevant introductory programme [e.g. Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills or equivalent].
In addition, due to the nature of this course it is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty or psychological confusion.
The following are identified by CPCAB as criteria considered important for selecting candidates:
Able to cope with course content
Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language
Able to benefit from self-development
Be motivated towards developing as a helper
Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
References (centre option)
Awareness of difference and diversity
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Students must be over 18
Contact: Department Secretary,
Tel: 028 9026 5442
Email: [email protected]