What is the course about?
Do you want to develop counselling skills for paid or voluntary work? Enhance your career or progress to further study with a qualification in counselling. Explore theory, practice, ethics and personal awareness. Ideal for professionals seeking to develop counselling skills for paid or voluntary work? In order to apply for this course, please ensure that:
• you have (or will have) completed an introductory counselling course of 30 hours, with an attendance record of at least 80% (within the last three years) OR
• you have completed an introductory counselling course of 30 hours with an attendance record of at least 70% AND you have completed a ‘Counselling introduction: advanced’ course (or equivalent) with an attendance record of at least 80% (within the last three years)
• you are able to speak and write fluently in English (level 2/GCSE).
This course is for those seeking to develop counselling skills for their paid or voluntary work (such as health professionals, advisers, mentors or teachers). The Certificate does not qualify you as a counsellor although it does meet the course entry requirements for the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Person Centred or Integrative Pathways and other diploma courses.
What will we cover?
- The theory and practice of person-centred counselling
- Counselling skills and attitudes
- Development of intra- and inter-personal awareness
- Ethics and boundaries
- Brief introduction to cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic and skilled helper models of counselling.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain the history, the underlying philosophy and key concepts of person-centred theory
- Respond with increased congruence and an enhanced capacity for empathy and unconditional acceptance
- Use counselling skills competently, within a facilitating climate characterised by Rogers’ core conditions
- Explain the key concepts of cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theory
- Explain the difference between working as a counsellor and using counselling skills
- Use the BACP ethical framework to ensure safe, ethical practice as a counselling skills user
- Describe the ways in which individuals and groups experience discrimination and oppression
- Demonstrate openness to and acceptance of difference and diversity in practice
- Reflect on your own assumptions, prejudices, beliefs and values, and demonstrate respect for different views, perspectives and cultures.
- Demonstrate increased awareness of self and self in relation to others.
- Reflect on your self, your experiences and your relationships, and use your reflective ability to further your personal and professional development.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is accredited through ABC Awards [External website], an organisation which has provided examination and assessment services of validation for more than 150 years. It meets the standards of level 3 in the National Qualifications Framework.
Please ensure that you meet the following entry requirements:
•You have (or will have) completed an introductory counselling course of 30 hours with an attendance record of at least 80% (within the last 3 years)
•You have completed an introductory counselling course of 30 hours with an attendance record of at least 70% AND you have completed a ‘Counselling introduction: advanced’ course (or equivalent) with an attendance record of at least 80% (within the last 3 years)
•You are able to speak and write fluently in English (Level 2/GCSE).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The emphasis of this course is on facilitated experiential learning, throughout which students are expected to take responsibility for their own learning. Your experience on the course will be greatly enhanced by your willingness to take part in the exercises and discussions and to use your own experience as material to learn from. You will work in pairs, triads and small groups, as well as in the large group. There will be input from tutors and also student-led discussions and presentations. Part of each week is spent in small experiential personal development groups. Written assignments, reading and research outside of course sessions are an important part of learning and a course requirement.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Financial assistance is available for students facing financial hardship. You will need a notebook and pen for course sessions. The following texts are essential: McLeod, J. (2003) An Introduction to Counselling. Bucks, OUP; Merry, T. (2002) Learning & Being in Person-Centred Counselling. Ross-on Wye, PCCS; Rogers C. (1980) A Way of Being. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company; Tolan, J. (2012) Skills in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, London, Sage. You will receive a handbook and full reading list at the beginning of the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course continues with a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Person Centred (PC308) or Integrative (PC311) Pathways. Advice on other courses at City Lit is available via the counselling department.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details