Course Description

Course Description
Due to the current and evolving situation with Covid 19, the delivery methods of this course are subject to change. There may be times when the lessons will be held remotely, via live video calls, use of our Moodle area, private social media groups etc. By signing up to the course you are agreeing to this wide range of teaching and learning approaches; the lessons will be held in classrooms where this is usually the case, when it is safe to do so, and may be switched to online as the need arises.

3 hours per week for 30 weeks

This course is intended for candidates who want to learn communication and active listening skills to enhance their interaction with others in voluntary, employed or personal situations. It is aimed at people where communication and active listening is an integral part of their role. Completion of this course will give you the title of ‘Skilled Helper’ as a stand-alone qualification and the option to continue in counselling or coaching training. This will also be dependant on tutor reference.
Prosp Description
• To use listening and responding skills effectively within a safe and ethical framework
• To establish and sustain boundaries of the listening role
• The meaning and challenges of empathy
• The importance of self-awareness, reflection and feedback
• How your own personality, history and ways of relating impact your interactions

There will be an interview and assessment date to be attended. You need literacy skills (be able to follow written and verbal instructions, use alphabetical order, write coherent and structured essays and assignments) and numeracy skills (criteria is numerical based, journals and pages in each section numbered sequentially) IT Skills (all journals and assignments to be computer generated and presentations can be done on power point). You also need to be emotionally stable.
Counselling courses include elements of self-awareness, personal growth and development, this will involve self-reflection and sharing of possibly uncomfortable situations undertaken within the confines of the classroom with boundaries and rules set by learners. You will also be expected to give feedback to peers both on written work and practical skills. Due to the nature of the course all students are required to sign a confidentiality agreement at induction.
Although personal counselling is not a requirement at this level it is highly recommended and maybe specifically suggested to you if the tutor thinks it will enhance your support and development. Group and triad sessions are not a replacement for this.
Prosp Learn
A portfolio of work will be built up. Learners have to submit a weekly journal 500 -750 words, two written assignments, A presentation, two observed counselling skills practice sessions (one via transcribed video recording), set goals and review these and progress in your ILP.
Complete one external assessment (watching a 20 minute DVD of a helping session, then completing a one hour candidate feedback paper in relation to the DVD).
Learners will be expected to attend all sessions and be prepared to carry out homework as requested by the tutor, read the course text book and research topics and concepts explored on the course
You are undertaking a course that leads to a nationally regulated qualification on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) - the only Ofqual approved awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling and supervision
(cpcab.co.uk) have an excellent website with any further information you may want.
Prosp Anything Else
You will need:
a computer and printer
to purchase your own stationery, including a folder and dividers and the course text book: Counselling Skills & Studies: available through CPCAB or Amazon websites.
a digital recorder for skills practice sessions
a memory stick
Prosp Additional Costs
This course is a requirement to progressing to a Level 3 Counselling studies or Level 3 Life Coaching, this is discussed and researched fully during the year, and your progression will depend on how well you do in all aspects of this level.

If you wish to explore your learning, work or career options, you can speak to a fully trained careers advisor on 0800 100 900. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

If you need further advice, or to book an interview please telephone 01634 338400.
Prosp After
3.00 hrs per session
30 session(s)