Who is the course for? This Level 2 course is for those who wish to explore an interest in counselling and improve, extend and enhance their listening skills. It is for those who are interested in theory, who wish to develop and who are considering progressing on to become a qualified counsellor. This course involves a high level of work on personal growth and development and is worth 16 credits.
What are the aims of the course? The aims of the course are to provide the student with the opportunity to develop counselling skills in a helping relationship and to learn appropriate boundaries. Students will develop knowledge of three main counselling theoretical approaches and gain an understanding of the contexts and ethics relevant in the use of counselling skills. Students will also reflect on their own personal and future development and identify potential sources of support.
What does the course involve? During the course you will:
- participate in small group and whole class discussions;
- produce a presentation;
- regularly work in a triad and have the opportunity to practise the skills you have learned, to learn from your peers, and to both give and receive feedback;
- learn about yourself and your relationships
What topics will I be covering? In this course there are four modules:
- Counselling Skills and Personal Development;
- Using Counselling Skills;
- Introduction to Counselling Theories;
- Diversity and Ethics in the use of Counselling Skills.
What do I need to prepare for the course? Be aware of your own listening skills when dealing with other people.
How much time do I need to spend on home study? In addition to the hours of contact time in college you will need to set aside approximately four hours a week in order to maintain a personal reflective learning journal, read further around the various topics, prepare for assignments and prepare for presentations.
Materials Required: Note book and pen.
What could the course lead to? A nationally recognised certification at this level - The ABC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. On successful completion you may consider applying for entry on to the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, a full Level 3 course and then on to our Higher Education programmes.
How will I be assessed? Assessment is via 5 written assessments, a portfolio and a personal learning journal clearly demonstrating how the learning outcomes have been met. As you practise your skills each week you will receive feedback from your peers and your tutor. Towards the end of the course your skills will be assessed by another member of the counselling training team. Written assignments will be uploaded to Moodle.
Who will assess me? Initially your tutor will assess whether all learning outcomes have been met. This will be verified by the internal verifier and by the external moderator appointed by ABC, the Awarding Body Consortium.
N.B. This course requires 85% attendance and includes 2 Saturdays (9.30 – 4.30)
Any queries regarding the Level 2 Counselling should be directed to Karen Hough (Head of Counselling) on firstname.lastname@example.org.