Level 2 CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
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About this course

This course is for those wishing to embark on more demanding counselling training beyond an introductory level. This may be enough for those who want to develop skills in existing work or activities.

For others it is the first stage of a programme of part-time training towards professional status. It may be taken on its own or followed by the CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to help students develop the skills of active listening, developing more personal ways of relating, learning to refine their skills through giving and receiving feedback, and developing self-awareness through taking part in groupwork.

Much of the approach will begin with the qualities and skills implicit in a Person Centred Approach to counselling. With this as a core, there will also be explorations of other kinds of skills, relating to developing relationships, listening for underlying meanings, deepening the field of experience and the significance of support and challenge in contributing to our own and others' learning.

Entry requirements

We recommend that candidates have previously completed the CPCAB Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (Level 2) or equivalent, and a tutor's recommendation for progression is required.

If you consider that your previous training or work experience equips you to enrol onto this course without the Introductory course, please contact Customer Services who will arrange for a counselling tutor to contact you to discuss this and to arrange an interview.

There will be a distinct emphasis on self exploration and students should consider whether they feel ready and sufficiently supported for this.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Internal assessment is ongoing and is designed to meet the requirements of the qualification. Students keep a weekly learning journal as part of a portfolio of coursework which also includes feedback on skills practice, an essay and a self-review.

External assessment involves candidates watching a DVD of a helping session and completing a written candidate feedback paper.

The course takes place on one full day a week for 15 weeks (offered at Lackham and Warminster). We also offer an evening course which entails Saturday workshops in addition to the weekly class.

You should also allow time for home study, including keeping a weekly learning journal, reading, and researching and writing assignments. We suggest you allow at least 4-6 hours a week for this. You will have access to college facilities including the Library and Learning Resources Centre.

Additional costs and information

Students are required to undertake five weeks of personal counselling/therapy. This cost is not included in the course fees.

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion.

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.)

An interview is required for this course.

What could I do next?

The CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies follows on from this course. You can find more information on the award at www.cpcab.co.uk .

Please note that progression is not automatic but is based on an individual discussion on readiness to undertake the next deeper and more demanding level of training.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.