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Counselling Skills - Level 2 CPCAB Certificate (Day)

Part Time

Course Overview

This course for people who want to work in helping interactions or enhance their skills base for their current workplace, or for those with a view to pursuing further study as a Counsellor. It will help to develop self-awareness and provide knowledge and understanding of the necessary counselling skills leading to further theory and practice.

By the end of the course, learners will have gained the understanding of beginnings, middle stage and endings of a helping interaction. They will also learn how to apply a repertoire of skills and how to work with silence, have a basic knowledge of the models of counselling and develop confidence that their new found skills can be applied effectively.

Course Content

On the course you will learn about a range of counselling skills and how to safely and ethically use them. We adhere to the principles of the BACP, and you will learn about these and how to apply them to your helping work. You will learn about the different stages of a helping session and how to manage these, sustaining healthy boundaries that keep you and your helpee safe. By the end of the course, you will understand about empathy and how to focus on keeping to your helpee’s agenda and how to use your awareness of your own experiences and feelings to enhance this work rather than detract from it. This course, and all the other counselling courses at BCOT, demand an ability to look at your own process and reflect on what you bring to each interaction in order to improve your practice.

Entry Requirement

There is no formal entry requirement but the following criteria should be considered before you sign up to this course:

Ability to cope with course content

Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language

Ability to benefit from self-development

Be motivated towards developing as a helper

Emotional stability

Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development

References (centre option)

Awareness of difference and diversity

Assignments will need to be typed so all learners should be IT literate


A learning review (500-750 words) will need to be completed after each session.

Longer assignments on this course include an essay, a taped assessment, a group presentation and a summary self-review

All students will have the opportunity to discuss assessments with their tutor during scheduled tutorials

Where does this course lead to

Progression on to a Level 3 Counselling qualification.

How to Enrol

You can enrol directly onto this course, please do be sure to have considered the entry recommendations for your suitability as noted above. If you would like to enrol but are not sure whether you have the entry requirements, please email: information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484.

Course is now full

Course Outline

Course Code: PPBL016
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: Basingstoke
Duration: 18 Weeks
Start Date: TBC.
Day & Time: Thu 9.30am to 2.30pm
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £485.00)
Registration Fees: £188.00
Unemployment Benefit
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