This qualification is intended for people who want to:
No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification. However, applicants are asked to consider the sensitive nature of the course and the 'experiential elements' that will involve some personal disclosure - and review their emotional readiness for this.
You will study and practice:
- How to work within the limitations of the helping role (and how this differs from counselling, coaching and friendship)
- How to establish boundaries for helping
- How to communicate empathetic understanding
- Focusing on the helpee's agenda and needs
- The importance of self awareness and the impact of personality
- Using effective listening and responding skills (including non-verbal communication, paraphrasing, posture, and open and closed questions)
- Using review, reflection and feedback to develop initial counselling skills.
You will build a portfolio of evidence of your knowledge and understanding and your tutor will assess your skills in practice scenarios, alongside some peer-assessed and self-reviewed activity.
Other than the course fees, there are no other costs associated with this course.
No specialist equipment is required.
On completion of the Level 2 Award, you can progress straight to the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills to start your first level of training as a professional counsellor.
This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role. However, it could enhance an existing voluntary or paid role or increase your general employability.