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Counselling Skills: Level 3 Certificate - CPCAB

Thursday 20 September 2018
18:30 - 21:15
90 Hours / 30 Weeks
3 High Street, Sidcup

1 - Course description 

For those who have a Level 2 qualification in Counselling Skills and want to take the next step. Understand counselling relationships, difference and diversity issues and develop empathetic understanding. Work with a user-centred approach, develop self awareness in practice and understand theories of counselling and mental health. Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support studies.


2 - Entry requirements 

Candidates are required to have undertaken counselling skills training – e.g. CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 GLH. 

1. Academically and emotionally able to cope with this level of training.

2. Ability to work with difference and diversity.

3. Possses personal qualities, imagination, intuition, openess and ability to benefit from self development.

4. Ability to form and maintain a therapeutic relationshp.

5. Have self awareness, insight, honesty and the ability to make links with own personal dynamics.

6. Emotional stability.

7. Ability to challenge and be challenged.

8. Ability to respond sensitively and empathetically to others.

9. To attend a selection interview  and you may be asked to provide a reference from your previous course tutor.


 Initial Assessments - If you are enrolling on a counselling course for the first time and you do not already have  a Level 2 Literacy or GCSE English at A to C grade, you are required to complete an assessment in English and maths, at the college. This will help us ensure that the course is suitable for you and that you have the right English skills to enjoy the course and succeed.  Should you wish to improve your maths’ skills, as a result of undertaking the maths assessment, support can be offered. 

 To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to the College to take the assessment.






* 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 college to take the assessment.





3 - What you will learn 

1. Developing introductory awareness and basic application/practice for ‘Person centred/Humanistic Traditions’ and ‘Psychodynamic/psychological Traditions’. 2. Developing and using Case Studies. 3. Agency Research . 4. Human Difference and Diversity. 5. Skills Practice Block. 6. Case Management . 7. Self Development  8. Mock Interviews/Career Planning.   

4 - 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.


5 - How you will be assessed on this course 

1. Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling. 2. Understand the counselling relationship. 3. Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic  understanding. 4. Work within a user-centred approach to counselling . 5. Use counselling theory to develop self awareness in counselling practice. 6. Understand theories of counselling and mental health. 7. Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies. 

6 - Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification) 

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

 Candidates watch a 15-20 minute CPCAB DVD of a counselling session and complete a 70 minutes written Candidate Feedback Paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment.



7 - What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time 

A weekly reflective/learning journal.  


8 - What you need for your course 

Suggested Course Text :

An Introduction to Counselling

By John McLeod

ISBN 0-335-21189-5


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


Next Steps in Counselling:

A students’ companion for certificate and counselling skills courses

By Alan Frankland and Pete Sanders

ISBN 1 898059 06 3


Handbook of Individual Therapy

Edited by Windy Dryden

ISBN 0 8039 7843 X


Client Assessment

Edited by Stephen Palmer and Gladeana McMahon

ISBN 0 8039 7503 1


Dupont-Joshua, A.(Ed.): Working Inter-Culturally in Counselling Settings, Chapter; Issues in Counselling Training by D. E. Lawrence Routledge-Brunner Publisher 2002

ISBN 0-415-22748-8


9 - What you need to bring to the first class 

1. A BLACK large lever arch file. 2. Dividers. 3. Plastic punched pocket sleeves. 4. Paper. 5. Pens. 6. Pencils.



10 - What you can do next 

Therapeutic Counselling: Level 4 Diploma – CPCAB.

A selection of CPD workshops offered throughout the year at the College.


Additional Information


Paperwork to help your learning

 At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course.  Your tutor may ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals.


 This paperwork is a requirement of the College’s Quality Improvement Programme.


  The College Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) 

The VLE may be used as part of this course.  You can register on the VLE at this address:  http://vle.lecb.ac.uk/

 Further information and careers advice

 If you require any further information or careers advice please contact the College on 020 3045 5176


or email guidance@lecb.ac.uk

 Venue Information

 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