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£406.00 Course symbols: * I IA Q
Discover what is meant by 'Counselling Skills' and what they are used for. Work towards the skills required to gain employment or work as a volunteer. The course is essential for those wishing to progress to the CPCAB Level 3 counselling qualification.
This qualification is intended for candidates who: 1. want to learn counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed situation. 2. want to find out more about this field – this course won’t teach them to be a counsellor but may help them decide whether or not to continue training. No previous training or experience required but you will need to show: 1. Being academically and emotionally able to cope with this area of study. 2. Ability to work with difference and diversity. 3. Possses personal qualities, imagination, intuition, openess and ability to benefit from self development. 4. Have self awareness, insight, honesty and the ability to make links with own personal dynamics. 5. Emotional stability. 6. Ability to challenge and be challenged. 7. Ability to respond sensitively and empathetically to others. 8. To attend a selection interview. Initial Assessments - Before enrolling you are required to complete an assessment in Maths and English at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English and Maths skills to enjoy the course and succeed. To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to the College to take the assessment. Https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/improve-your-maths http://www1.edexcel.org.uk/tot/alns2/CMA-Edexcel-web2.swf
What you will learn
1. Practice human relating skills connected with beginning, middles and the ending of ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ relationships. 2. Setting and working within professional boundaries. 3. Working with and through issues of human difference and diversity. 4. Giving and receiving constructive feedback. 5. Self and peer assessment. 6. Case management. 7. Introduction to Agency Work.
How you will learn on this course
Teaching methods will include lectures, the use of video and internet material where possible, group discussions, case studies, group work, role play, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations. You may wish to take notes in class for reference.
How you will be assessed on this course
1. Work within the limitations of the helping role. 2. Establish boundaries for helping work. 3. Communicate empathic understanding. 4. Focus on the helpee’s agenda. 5. Understand the importance of self-awareness in helping work. 6. Use listening and responding skills. 7. Use review and feedback to develop initial counselling skills.
Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)
Certificate in Counselling Skills. Candidates watch a 15-minute CPCAB DVD of a helping session and complete a 1 hour Candidate Feedback Paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment.
What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time
A weekly reflective/learning journal.
What you need for your course
Required Course Text : Next Steps in Counselling: A students’ companion for certificate and counselling skills courses By Alan Frankland and Pete Sanders ISBN 1898059063 Inside Counselling:Becoming and being a professional counsellor By Anthony Crouch ISBN 0 8039 7529 5 Additional Reading Sources: First Steps in Counselling: A students’ companion for basic introductory courses By Pete Sanders ISBN 1 898059 51 9
What you need to bring to the first class
A BLUE large ring-binder, dividers, plastic punched pocket sleeves, paper, pens, pencils, no special equipment needed (although some students may find it useful to use a laptop within class to take notes, doing course work, etc.).
What you can do next
Counselling Studies: Level 3 Certificate – CPCAB. A selection of CPD workshops offered throughout the year at the College.
At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency, who expect that learners who enrol on a course leading to a qualification will take that qualification at the College. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.
3 Sidcup High Street, Sidcup, DA14 6EN Nearest Train Station: Sidcup. Buses: 51, R11, 233, 321, 492 Limited parking on site, behind Waitrose and Travelodge turn right into St Johns Road and please park in the designated LECB space. Nearest public car park Grassington Road, entrance by Morrisons. For further details of parking, please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking