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This Level 1 Award consists of two mandatory units. These are: Introducing Counselling Skills (which, when achieved, is worth three credits); and Using Counselling Skills to Help Others (which is also worth three credits). To achieve the Award, students must produce a portfolio of evidence showing that they have gained the six credits and have covered an introduction to counselling and the development of skills associated with counselling.

The modules cover areas such as:

  • Know the issues for which people seek counselling
  • Understand the skills used by counsellors
  • Be able to demonstrate empathy when using counselling skills
  • Be able to observe oundaries when using counselling skills
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to different emotions displayed
  • Manage own emotions and prejudices so that the person being helped is not adversely affected

The course is run twice a year, and students can enrol to study either from October to February, or from March to June.

The course consists of five mandatory units. The following units are designed to develop your existing experience and understanding and will support you in developing counselling skills and knowledge.

The units are:

  • Developing counselling skills (12 credits)
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills (10 credits)
  • Working ethically with counselling skills (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and diversity (6 credits)
  • Counselling skills and personal development (6 credits)

You’ll identify, practice and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills and have an opportunity to understand and evaluate key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling. You’ll understand the context within which counselling skills and referral processes can be used whilst maintaining ethical standards and you’ll understand the implications of applying counselling skills in a diverse society. The qualification also provides you with the opportunity to reflect on your personal development and the way in which you interact with others.

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