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.

Assessment Method

Studying via distance learning means you can choose when and where you study

Paper based learning materials with online assessment

Paper based learning materials and paper based assessment

Additional Information
  • You will see improved staff retention
  • Employees will achieve a nationally recognised level 2 qualification
  • Employees can learn from their own homes, in their own time
  • Employees get access to award-winning learning and assessment materials
  • Employees will receive subject-specialist support from a Tutor and access to a Learner Support Advisor for everyday queries
  • 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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Dates are available throughout the year

REF J215N001

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The fee quoted is for the academic year 21/22.

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