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Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 1233

The aim of this course is to provide learners with a basic knowledge of the counselling profession and an understanding of and ability to use basic Counselling skills in a practical setting. First steps in Counselling Theory provides a basic understanding of the roots of counselling theory.

The aim of this unit is to show how theory underpins some of the skills identified and practised in the Introduction to Counselling unit. It also provides a basic understanding of the three main areas of counselling theory, and how learners can begin to relate to counselling practice.

Key Information

  • Duration

    Course is part time you will be in college for 3 hours a week for 25 weeks.

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Understand the differences in counselling and other helping roles using counselling skills.
Learn about the role of professional guidelines and frameworks involved in the ethical use of counselling.
Explore the core qualities needed for the profession and develop practical skills to help support individuals.
Provides a basic understanding of the 3 main approaches to Counselling

On completion of this course, you can progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling

Assessment Methods

Written assignment
Professional discussion
Role play
Reflective Journals

Completion of L2 Certificate in Counselling

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees




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