This qualification aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of counselling skills and an understanding of the importance of using counselling skills within published ethical frameworks, such as those from the National Counselling Society (NCS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Counsel for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The option units will provide opportunity for the learner to acquire counselling skills in one of a choice of contexts. The range of counselling skills considered in this qualification is applicable to a wide area of helping and supporting roles.
Mandatory unit: Skills acquisition and practice: this unit will introduce the candidate to counselling, its ethos and methodology. It will support the development of fundamental counselling skills and provide candidates with skills, knowledge and understanding of practice within the boundaries of an ethical framework. Students will also consider strategies to ensure the safety of counsellor and client.
Option Unit: Working with Grief and Loss: This unit has been designed to introduce candidates to the different models of loss and grief and to gain insight into key issues associated with working in this specialised area. It will encourage candidates to reflect on appropriate, safe and ethical practice when working in this context.
You will be taught through a range of methods including lecture, discussion, group work and role play. You will be expected to undertake additional private study.
Minimum entry requirements
Level 2 Award or equivalent.
An informal interview will assess the candidate's initial suitability for counselling as a profession, commitment to personal development and respect for the privacy of others within a context of confidentiality that exists on counselling courses.
Candidates must be aware of the high degree of ethics required within environments where counselling training takes place. They should be at level 2 functional skills in English or be able to demonstrate good writing skills in order to produce written work of the required standard.
How will I be assessed?
Externally marked exam, internally marked role play and journal.
Information & support
Students should bring an A4 file, paper and pen to each session. A slim ring-back file is needed for the Journal.
Students must expect to devote time each week to private study and homework.
Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.
Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.
What can I do with this qualification?
Qualifications gained from this course:
AIM Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills - Working with Grief and Loss.
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.