This course is intended for students who wish to become a qualified professional counsellor and acquire a repertoire of counselling skills for use in other work areas such as nursing or teaching. The course, run over 1 year rather than 2 years, is more cost effective than other local comparable courses and includes weekend workshops.
Please note that this course is not available for students under the age of 19.
What will I learn?
Understand the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and use it to solve dilemmas whether or not they are counselling related. Respect other peoples views, attitudes, belief structures and cultures, especially those who are disadvantaged in society by reason of class, race, religion, disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. Show a commitment to anti-oppressive practices and non discriminatory use of counselling skills. Show a working understanding of the Person-Centred Approach and a clear knowledge of CBT and psychodynamic ways of working and of the need to avoid the danger of using techniques based on a limited understanding. Use competently and effectively a range of counselling skills including: attentiveness, rapport building, active listening, minimal encouragers, managing silence, empathic listening, reflecting back, effective questioning, paraphrasing, summarising, focusing and challenging. The Person-Centred Approach underpins the counselling skills used on this course.
How will I be assessed?
Practical observation and written assignments. You will be asked to write a weekly journal recording your personal development and to submit a 500 word summary of this at the end of each term. In addition to this journal you will write four assignments and produce a portfolio of evidence of learning covering: Counselling theory. Ethical use of counselling skills. Evaluating your counselling skills. Personal development.
Successful completion of the ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts Certificate or Amersham and Wycombe College Introduction to Counselling or any other equivalent Introduction to Counselling and approval from your tutor. Or if, as part of your professional/career training, you have received an introduction to counselling skills.
Progression & Career Opportunities
Progression from ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills to ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is not automatic.
Cost of Study
Students over 19 will have some course fees to pay to the college. The fee amount and any financial help available depends on individual circumstances and the course you are taking. There may be some additional costs for trips and visits.
The course book: Learning and Being in Person-Centred Counselling by Tony Merry (see www.pccs-books.co.uk). You will also need a lever arch file with dividers. There will be weekend workshops during this course.