Is this the course for you?
Being an effective counsellor or skilled helper is not just about your qualifications and exam results, it's about your personal qualities and how you interact with those who need help. That's why this course focuses on personal development, and how to helpfully interact with people who are seeking assistance or guidance.
The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills is centred on the development of practical knowledge and the real-life application of counselling theory. Your study sessions will be very hands-on, and will focus on nurturing the core counselling skills that support work of all levels requires, including such roles as mentoring, key working, care planning, teaching, and pastoral work.
This will be achieved through practical exercises and role play, developing self-awareness and empathy, learning to read body language, understanding ethics and boundaries, working without prejudice or stereotypes, giving and receiving feedback, and taking part in group work and discussions.
You will also gain an understanding of counselling theory and the different approaches that can be taken, such as the Person-Centred approach, and the Gerard Egan skilled helper model.
This qualification is perfect for anyone who wants to become competent in the use of counselling skills to help others, either in a voluntary or an employed situation, or if you want to take your first step in training to become a qualified counsellor.
This is a part-time course, with classes held every Thursday for 18 weeks. With a choice of two study times, either 9am-3.10pm, or 3.30pm-9pm, this course can be fitted in around your existing work, study, or family commitments.
What modules will you do?
- Use counselling skills ethically and safely
- Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role
- Work empathetically 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
What do you need to apply?
4 GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) at grade D or 3 or above or equivalent Level 1 vocational qualification.
Additional Information: Minimum Age: 19 Preferred Age: 22+
How will you be assessed?
You will be assessed in a number of ways, including feedback on counselling skills practice, learning reviews and summaries, written essays, and external assessments.
Where can this course take you?
This course could lead to employment in a variety of roles where counselling skills are an advantage, such as key working, care assistant, support worker, or teaching assistant.
Continued study and additional qualifications can lead you to becoming a fully-qualified counsellor.
After successfully passing the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, you may wish to consider progressing on to the following Level 3 course:
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)