Certificate in counselling skills

Course Dates: 19/09/19 - 25/06/20
Time: 17:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
Myriam Ferreira
Denise Wheatley

The application process for PC302 starting in September 2019 has now closed. We are not accepting anymore applications.

Do you want to develop counselling skills for paid or voluntary work? This course includes occasional weekend sessions (approximately once per term) which you will be required to join. 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).

Please note this course is exempt from the City Lit Transfer and Refund Policy.

The course fee is £800, plus an upfront fee of £1099 payable at the time of your enrolment.

If you’re unable to pay the course fee upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to help cover the cost, repayable after the course ends. You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan www.citylit.ac.uk/advanced-learner-loans

If you’re unable to pay the upfront fee, you can talk to our Information, Advice and Guidance team who will advise you on other financial support available. You can contact the Advice and Guidance Team by phone on 020 7492 2500 or by email: advice@citylit.ac.uk

For more information, please call Psychology, counselling and personal development on 020 7492 2530.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

The course is for people wanting to develop counselling skills for their paid or voluntary work (eg health professional, adviser, mentor, teacher). 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 that 150 years. It meets the standards of level 3 in the National Qualifications Framework. To be eligible for the course, you need to have completed a minimum of 30 hours introductory counselling skills training, within the last 3 years. You will need to be able to listen and respond to others and express yourself fluently in English. You will need to demonstrate your understanding of a range of written texts and to plan and draft written work.

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.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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 the City Lit are available by contacting the counselling department.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course will improve your listening skills and increase your capacity for empathy and understanding for others. It's a good basis for being a counsellor and a lot of hard work! Overall it's worth the time and effort.
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Review by Paul / (Posted on 17/07/2019)
Excellent course, inspiring and knowledgeable tutor and supportive and interesting classmates!
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 09/07/2019)
The course surpassed my expectations and proved to be more rewarding than I could have imagined.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/06/2019)
Do it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
Will be emotionally challenging
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
I attended the fast track, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills course which took place every Saturday from January to July 2017. This was the Person Centred Approach-focused course, which would probably not be my chosen therapeutic approach unless as a part of an integrated model. However, I went for it because of the timing and availability - and I am so pleased I did, because it was absolutely brilliant and far exceed my expectations. We not only learned about the PCA, but also the other main therapeutic approaches, and more importantly, about general practical aspects of counselling which are relevant regardless of the approach practiced. Above all, we had a superb lecturer who made sure all classes were well planned and crystal clear. She regularly put all classroom material on Google Classroom, together with the recommended reading, so if we were not sure or forgot to take the notes it was all there - in fact there was hardly any need to take notes at all. The assignments were well planned and explained, and there was plenty of support, but what I liked most was the sheer volume of practical exercises, both in groups and triads. This really made the difference and built the students' confidence when it comes to practical client work. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone wishing to obtain a solid and competent basis for the diploma level counselling training, but also those who would like to use the counselling skills in other professions. This was truly an amazing experience - top marks all around!
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Review by Guest / (Posted on 27/07/2017)
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Course Code: PC302

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Started Thu, eve, 19 Sep - 25 Jun '20

Duration: 33 sessions (over 41 weeks)

Full fee: £1,899.00
Senior fee: £1,899.00
Concession: £1,899.00

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