This course is designed for people who are involved in some way with helping others. It aims to provide an opportunity to develop generic counselling skills which may be applied in a variety of contexts. This qualification offers a potential progression route to the Advanced Diploma in Counselling or Foundation Degree in Counselling courses.
The course is accredited by the awarding body ABC and will facilitate the acquisition of a defined range of counselling skills which will be effective in many work roles where interactions between people occur. It will also facilitate your understanding of the importance of using counselling skills ethically and within B.A.C.P’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as offering the opportunity for personal reflection and growth. It will also facilitate your understanding of the main theoretical approaches to counselling; humanistic theory, psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioural theory and the integrative model.
You will be taught by supportive tutors via classroom based activities, role play, group work and independent study. The course promotes the development of self-awareness as it is not possible to help other people reassess their lives without having looked hard at oneself. This qualification does not entitle you to practice counselling professionally, but is a progression route to the professional qualification.
You will produce a range of assignments and evidence to create a portfolio of evidence which shows your learning. Activities include reflecting, writing, presentations, digital recorded counselling skills sessions held with peers, group discussions and formal written assignments.
You can apply for the professional qualification, the Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling or the Foundation Degree in Counselling.
You need to be able to handle the level of academic work required and show a willingness to take responsibility for oneself. The course can be very demanding of you personally and is not a replacement for personal counselling.
Applicants are required to have a Level 2 Counselling qualification prior to enrolment. You must be able to respect others regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.