This 90 GLH (17 credit) classroom-based counselling skills qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, practical skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely as part of the first stage in professional counselling training. It also gives learners the ability to use counselling skills in a variety of different contexts.
The qualification consists of 1 mandatory unit with 7 learning outcomes. It is underpinned by the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) model of practitioner development which takes account of the latest research findings on what makes counselling and related helping activities effective.
The 7 learning outcomes are:
- Using counselling skills ethically and safely
- Establishing and sustaining the boundaries of the helping role
- Working empathically as a helper
- Focusing on the helpee’s needs and concerns
- Using self-awareness in helping work
- Using a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction
- Using feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills
This qualification is mapped to the Counselling and Mental Health National Occupational Standards.
Assessment is by tutor assessment of learner portfolios (internal assessment) externally verified by CPCAB and by separate external examination by CPCAB (external assessment). Learners must be Proficient in both internal and external assessment and meet all the other qualification requirements to be awarded this certificate.