Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Unit 1

Introduction to Counselling Skill Theories

  • The significance of Counselling Theory
  • Competences to use core Counselling skills
  • Using Counselling skills to establish a helping relationship
  • Communicating empathic understanding
  • Using range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction

Unit 2

Diversity and Ethics in using Counselling skills

  • Ethical framework of Counselling
  • Using Counselling skills safely in variety of context and roles
  • Establishing and sustaining boundaries
  • Establish the nature and limits of confidentiality

Unit 3

Counselling skills and personal development

  • Self-awareness and self-understanding
  • Working within personal limits of ability
  • Explore and challenge personal issues, fears and prejudices
  • Difference between character and personality and how this drives behaviour

Unit 4

Seven helping and Counselling processes

  • Client factors
  • Counsellor factors
  • Relational factors
  • Treatment factors
  • Professional factors

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Unit 1

Ethical framework for counselling

  • Understanding of ethical framework and legal procedures
  • Working within limits of proficiency
  • Client assessment and ethical referral
  • Confidentiality and Integrity

Unit 2

The Counselling Relationship

  • Nature and constraints of the counsellor
  • Boundaries of the counsellor role and counselling practice
  • The counselling relationship and the counselling work
  • Stages of the counselling relationship

Unit 3

Differences and diversity issues in Counselling

  • Awareness of diversity issues
  • Range of diversity issues in wider social context
  • Diversity issues within personal relationships

Unit 4

 Defining the main theoretical approaches to counselling

  • Psychodynamic theory
  • Cognitive behavioural theory
  • Person-centred theory
  • The integrative model

Unit 5

Theories of counselling and mental health

  • Identifying and understanding common mental health problems
  • Research on mental health issues
  • Promoting positive mental health
  • Use counselling theory to understand and help the client

Unit 6

Working within a user-friendly approach to counselling

  • Establishing the client’s needs and expectations
  • Maintaining focus on client agenda and needs
  • Use of sensitivity to identify client’s needs
  • Importance of listening to client’s agenda

Unit 7

Using feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

  • Use feedback from others to develop an understanding of counselling
  • Give constructive feedback to other counselling trainees
  • Describe the nature and use of clinical supervision

Use supervisee skills.