Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (Summer Holiday daytime)
What you will learn
A course for people who need initial counselling skills to help and support others. It won't teach students to be counsellors, but it may help them to decide if they want to train as one. Certificated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body, it covers basic listening and reflection.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Identify the "core counselling conditions"
- Use basic skills of reflection
- Use facilitative questioning
- Understand the importance of feelings in counselling
- Identify the elements of ethical counselling practice
- Understand when and how to make referrals
Class format and activities
You will learn something of the person-centred counselling model associated with the American psychologist Carl Rogers. You will learn experientially by active participation in classroom exercises and discussions. You will be expected to work with other group members, to share a little of yourself with them, and to listen to and respect what others in the group share.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In general, the understanding of human situations is more important than formal educational attainments, so this is an open entry course. But since sensitivity to language is also important, students for whom English is a second language must be very fluent in both speaking and understanding. If you have any doubt about your level of competence in English, please speak to the tutor.
Note too that this course is not recommended to those who have recently (< 1 year) experienced a major crisis such as bereavement, who are currently experiencing mental health problems, or who are currently addicted to alcohol or other drugs (including prescription drugs). It is important to disclose this to the tutor at the beginning of the course. Such disclosures will be treated in confidence and additional support, or an alternative study programme, may be suggested.
Students undertaking any counselling themselves should not enrol on this course.
What you need to know before you enrol
Students are expected to meet a number of learning criteria, the evidence for which will be compiled in a portfolio that is inspected at the end of the course.
The awarding body CPCAB also stipulates that students who miss more than 20% of the classes are ineligible for certification.
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What you will need for your class
A clipboard and writing materials; enthusiasm and a willingness to participate as fully as possible in classroom exercises.
What you can do next
Students successfully completing this course will be able to develop their understanding of, and experience with counselling skills via a more advanced 1-year programme, e.g. to obtain the CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills, offered by Morley (UCS009A/UCS009B/UCS009C). From thence they might proceed to a Certificate in Counselling Studies (1 year) and thence to a Diploma level course (2 years).