Certificate in counselling skills

Course Dates: 18/01/20 - 04/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

The application process for January 2020 has now closed. Our next certificate courses will commence in September 2020, with applications opening in April 2020.

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

The course fee is £800, plus an upfront fee of £1199 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.


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 or Integrative Pathways. The application process for these courses will open on Monday 1st April 2019. Advice on other courses at City Lit is available via 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: PC310

Sat, day, 18 Jan - 04 Jul '20

Duration: 22 sessions (over 25 weeks)

Full fee: £1,999.00
Senior fee: £1,999.00
Concession: £1,999.00

Before booking on this course, please arrange a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

Call us on 020 7492 2530

Email us at counselling@citylit.ac.uk

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.