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Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Sometimes the term "counselling" is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

This is a 15 week course which will introduce you to the field of counselling and the skills required in this profession.

The objective of the Gateway Qualifications Level 1 Award in Counselling Skills is to give learners an introduction to Counselling Skills in preparation for further learning or training. The development of listening skills will also support learners to develop skills need in daily life and at work for example in the field of health and social care.

You will participate in interactive lectures, seminars and debates. These will cover a range of topics designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding of the following key areas within counselling:

  • Counselling skills;
  • The role of the counsellor;
  • Counselling values;
  • Meeting the needs of different client groups and placement providers.

This qualification is designed for learners interested in using counselling skills as part of their functional role in a wide range of sector areas, or looking to progress towards accredited counsellor status with one of the counselling professional accrediting bodies. This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor. No real work environment placement is required for this qualification.

This qualification aims to: Provide learners with more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: • develop counselling skills • understand the different approaches involved in the use of counselling skills • Appreciate the importance of self-development.

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