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Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate

Part Time


Course Overview

Many people find it helpful and empowering to seek the support of counselling at some point in their lives. People in any situation could benefit from counselling, and those with the correct understanding, knowledge and skills can provide them with support to improve their personal wellbeing. 

This qualification focuses on essential counselling skills to enable you to provide support wherever required. The course provides you with an understanding of various theoretical approaches and covers the importance of a counselling relationship and helpful interaction techniques. 

Course Content

This course is made up of 4 units, there is one practical element to this course.  A simulated counselling session to be recorded and uploaded to your online learning platform.

Unit 1: Using counselling skills

Learn to identify core counselling skills alongside understanding how these are practised in a counselling relationship. Gain an understanding of how to establish an effective working relationship and will consider the boundaries which need to be respected in this sensitive role.

Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories

This unit will introduce key elements of the main theoretical approaches in counselling, psychodynamics, person-centred therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. There are key practical differences between these theories and you will hone your skills in understanding the significant importance of counselling theory.

Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

This unit covers the concepts of diversity and ethics. Gain an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, discover the key aspects of an ethical framework, and discover ways to address diversity in counselling skills practice.

Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development

This unit encourages development of self-understanding, identifying values and beliefs and the ability to reflect on personal qualities and skills.

Entry Requirement

There are no specific entry requirements for the course. However, you may find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a level 1 qualification in a related subject.


In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 years old you must have already achieved a level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • If you are 24+ there are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will find it helpful to have a good standard of English and maths

Assessment

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievements in all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units, as detailed in the qualification specification.  Grades are not awarded.

Within this qualification, the learner is required to conduct a simulated counselling session. This can be evidenced via observation, video or witnessed by a certified counsellor.

Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  
We recommended allowing a minimum of 3-4 hours per week to study this course in your own time.

This course is available via:
  • Paper-based learning materials with online assessments

Where does this course lead to

This course does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor. Still, it is suitable for those who wish to increase their understanding of counselling skills and techniques to appropriately engage in helpful interaction.  This is an excellent introduction to potentially completing the education pathway for a counselling career.


You could use this knowledge to complement an existing role, or as a basis for continued study to attain a qualification in this sector. 

This qualification can lead to:
  • Level 2 CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills



How to Enrol

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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL105
Study Mode: Part Time
Location: OFF SITE FLEXIBLE PROVISION
Duration: 25 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
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