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Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills & Theory

General information
This 1 year part-time course runs on a Tuesday, during term-time. Sessions start at 10.30am and finish at 5.30pm, and you will be expected to attend all 35 sessions.

Entry requirements
Whilst a level 2 award is beneficial, you do not need previous knowledge or experience in counselling skills to be considered for the course.

You will need a genuine interest in others, a desire to increase your ability to understand and communicate with others, to respect other people's rights to confidentiality, the ability to cope with the emotional demands of the course, an openness to personal development and change, the ability to express yourself clearly – verbally, and in your written work.

Course design
This course has been developed in line with established level 3 counselling skills qualifications and offers learning opportunities in three main areas: counselling skills, theory and personal development. It is ideal for any role where counselling skills can be used, or are needed, and an excellent first step towards professional Counsellor training.

This exciting and comprehensive course will introduce you to the Person Centred helping relationship, and you will explore and practise the skills necessary for this relationship, work within professional and ethical guidelines, and reflect on your helping sessions.

You will be supported in developing the fundamental attitudes that underpin the skills, developing self-awareness and reflective skills. You will be expected to participate in a range of experiential activities, skills work, give and receive feedback, and complete the assignments.

Course modules
This course is delivered over 4 modules: Understand the helping relationship, understand difference and diversity issues, understand counselling theory, and use self-reflection and feedback to support personal development. You will attend two tutorials whilst on the course, and assessment is ongoing through observation, feedback from tutors and other students, and self-evaluation.

Course fees
The course is charged at £1700, which consists of the £500 enrolment deposit, and 6 monthly payments of £200 or 10 monthly payments of £120. Payments are made by standing order, bank transfer or cheque, and you will be provided with the necessary details.

Successful completion of the course
This course will enable you to use counselling skills in one-to-one helping relationships, and underpinned and informed by an understanding of boundaries, ethics and counselling theory. Certificates will be presented at an 'Awards Day', or sent as soon as possible thereafter.


Diploma in Person Centred Counselling

Course design
This course is ideal if you want to become a fully qualified and competent Person Centred Counsellor, or wish to enhance an existing role within the public, charity or voluntary sector.

Entry requirements
To be considered for the course, you will need to have achieved the Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills & Theory, or equivalent, be willing to organise a counselling placement and engage in your own counselling.

Specific course requirements
As this course leads to a professional counselling qualification, you will need to complete the 420 hours classroom-based learning, achieve 100 hours supervised client work (gained on placement) and engage in 30 hours personal counselling.

To achieve the Diploma, you will need to demonstrate sufficient self-development and self-awareness, competent, ethical and reflective practice.

Course fees
This course is charged at £2500 per year, with an enrolment deposit of £660, and 10 monthly payments of £184, and you will be provided with the necessary details.

It is important to note that there are additional costs associated with this course, including the cost of books, your own counselling, and any independent supervision for your client work.

Successful completion of the course
Upon successful completion of this course, you can work towards membership with the National Counselling Society and prepare for employment or self-employment within the counselling field.


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