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£4670.00 Course symbols: N I IA Q ALL
This two year part-time qualification gives students the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context. It is designed to lead to being employed or working in a voluntary role, within a counselling agency in both health care and non-health settings. Students with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice. There are several extra workshops outside the weekly lesson. You must have obtained both the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their equivalent, to enrol on this course. The qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans (19+). Course fee includes exam and admin costs of £619. Study will involve the need to attend on occasional Saturdays and weekday events.
1. You must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. You must have level 2 Literacy or GCSE English at A to C grade or you will have to take and initial assessment* to show that you have Literacy skills at level 2. All candidates have to be interviewed to assess their suitability to study for this qualification. Please ring 020 3045 5176 to arrange for an interview to be carried out. 2. Engaged or willing to work within an agency offering counselling skills. (required by the beginning of year ) 3. Have started or arranged personal development through personal therapy with an approved therapist. 4. Academically and emotionally able to cope with this level of training. 5. Ability to work with differecne and diversity. 6. Possses personal qualities, imagination, intuition, openess and ability to benefit from self development. 7. Ability to form and maitain a therapeutic relationship. 8. Have self awareness, insight, honesty and the ability to make links with own personal dynamics. 9. Emotional stability. 10. Ability to challenge and be challenged. 11. Ability to respond sensitively and empathetically to others 12. To attend a selection interview . *Initial Assessments - If you are enrolling on a counselling course for the first time and you do not already have aa 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 assessment, support can be offered. To help you, have a look at these online resources before you come to 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
The course is made up of 7 units which are studied over a 2 year period. The units are: 1. Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor. 2. Working within a counselling relationship. 3. Working with client diversity in counselling work. 4. Working within a user-centred approach to counselling. 5. Working with self-awareness in the counselling process. 6. Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills. 7. Working self-reflectively as a counsellor.
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, prepared learner presentation, 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 an ethical and legal framework. 2. Work within a counselling service organisation. 3. Use supervision to work within own limits of proficiency. 4. Establish and sustain the boundaries of counselling relationship. 5. Establish and develop the therapeutic relationship. 6. Understand and work with diversity. 7. Challenge own issues, fears and prejudices. 8. Understand how diversity issues affect client access to counselling. 9. Work within a user-centred agreement for the counselling work. 10. Maintain a user centred focus throughout the counselling work. 11. Use counselling theory to understand own self. 12. Work on personal issues that resonate with client work. 13. Use self awareness to enhance counselling work. 14. Use a coherent framework of theory and skills to inform and enhance counselling work. 15. Understand and work with client problems at different service levels. 16. Manage own development as a counsellor. 17. Reflect on and evaluate own counselling work within agency settings.
Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)
The final assessment is through a portfolio to show evidence of the assessment requirements. You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods including observation, practical tasks, tests, questions and answers, tutorials, role play, self assessment, presentations, learning journal, peer assessments, assignments, essays, conversation and computer based assessment.
What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time
You will be expected to carry out homework, your tutor will give you more information on this at interview. You will have to carry out a placement, case studies and have your own supervision.
What you need for your course
There is a reading list which your tutor will advise at interview and at the beginning of the course.
What you need to bring to the first class
A large lever arch file, 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
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. 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 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.
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