Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills CPCAB
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About this course

This qualification is intended for anyone who wants to find out more about counselling and/or anyone who wants to use counselling skills in a formal or informal helping role. It is a nationally recognised qualification awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

Important: This training is not suitable for anyone who is currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty (for example after a recent bereavement or relationship breakdown) and/or severe psychological confusion (for example severe mental health issues). If this applies to you, it’s better to seek support now, and take up training at a later date when you are feeling less vulnerable and more resilient.

This is because the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. If you wish to speak to a tutor about this, please contact Customer Services, and someone from the Counselling Team will call you.

What will I learn?

This course will not teach you to be a counsellor, but it provides you with an opportunity to develop your helping skills for use in everyday life or workplace interactions, perhaps giving you access to wider opportunities. The course may also help you to decide whether or not you want to train as a counsellor.

Over the 12-week course you will learn:

  • An understanding of counselling, and the ability to differentiate it from other forms of helping.
  • How to develop your active listening skills through regular skills practice.
  • How to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • The nature of counselling relationships and ethical issues connected to this e.g. confidentiality.
  • Self-awareness and personal development.
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

The course will last for 12 teaching weeks (30 teaching hours). Wiltshire College requires 85% attendance for all courses.

Internal assessment is ongoing and is designed and conducted by the course tutor to meet the requirements outlined in the qualification specification. You will write a weekly learning journal which will be part of a portfolio of your coursework and reference at least one piece of evidence for a number of learning tasks. Your tutor will also assess your active listening skills.

Learning Journals are also externally verified by CPCAB.

You will have to allow time for home study - around 2-3 hours a week outside of college sessions. Some background reading would be useful to support your studies, and a reading list will be provided at the start of the course. The college libraries have a good stock of counselling books. You will have full access to the College facilities, including the Library and Learning Resources Centre.

Additional costs and information

Please note that counselling courses include personal development activities that involve you talking about some of your personal experience in the group. For this reason we advise people in close relationship not to attend the same training group. If you need further guidance on this, please ask to speak to a tutor.

What could I do next?

This qualification is an initial step in a series of CPCAB qualifications. The next step is The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. You can find out more on their website: . This is followed by the Certificate in Counselling Studies (Level 3), and then higher level Diploma training. Progression to each stage is not automatic, but is based on self- and tutor- assessment of the student's readiness to undertake the demands of the next level.