Health & Social Care

Certificate in Counselling Skills - J215

Off Site Flexible Level 2 Duration 12 weeks

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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 personal well-being. This qualification focusses on key counselling skills to enable you to provide support wherever it is required. The course provides you with an understanding of various theoretical approaches, as well as covering the importance of a counselling relationship and helpful interaction techniques.

Course Details

Unit 1: Using counselling skills In this unit, your employees will learn about core counselling skills alongside how these are practiced in a counselling relationship. Throughout this unit, your employees will also 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 Within this unit, your employees will discover the key elements of the main theoretical approaches in counselling psychodynamics, person-centred therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills In this unit, your employees will learn about the concepts of diversity and ethics. Your employees will gain an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, discover the key aspects of an ethical framework, and discover various ways to address diversity in counselling skills practice. Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development Within this unit, your employees will develop self-understanding, identifying their own values and beliefs, and the ability to reflect on their personal qualities and skills. Potential future areas of development for each individual are also explored in this unit.

Entry Guidelines
  • Minimum of 3 GCSE at grade D or above. This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. Please be aware that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.
  • Equipment Required

    You will require an electronic device and access to the internet to complete this course

    Assessment Method

    You will complete online assessments. Assessments must be completed in the agreed timescale and submitted to the assessor who will then provide feedback, advice and guidance. All assessments must be completed within 12 weeks.

    Additional Information
    • You will be provided with an assessor who will guide you and provide feedback on your work
    • Students who are successful in online learning are: Self disciplined Self motivated prepared Have good time management skills
    • Funding available — speak to one of our team for more information and to see if your staff are eligible.
    Where can I progress to?
    Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problem Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance

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