CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING STUDIES (LEVEL 3)

This course consists of the same number of hours as level 2 and can be offered in the same formats. It will look more at the theoretical side of counselling as well as teaching some more advanced skills. It will prepare you for a practical placement in a counselling agency which is required for level 4, but many agencies will not allow students to take up their placement until they are part way through their level 4 course.

Because this is a higher-level course, the academic demands are greater than for the level 2 course. You again must complete a portfolio consisting of a journal of your learning, assignments, self-reviews, and tutor and peer feedback. You will have to write a short case study covering some sessions that you will have with another student. There is also an external assessment which involves answering questions relating to a short video.

This course will be presented within a Christian worldview in an integrative mode, as it incorporates insights from secular counselling models. This makes the certificate relevant to potential employers or professional bodies, whether Christian or secular.

Please note that this course is a pathway for you to enrol into the level 4 diploma which will qualify you to practice as a counsellor under BACP or/and ACC. BACP is British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and ACC is the Association of Christian Counsellors.

COURSE DURATION

90 guided learning hours (30 x 3-hour sessions)

MODULES COVERED

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Overview of Counselling Theories: Psychodynamic Approaches, Humanistic Approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Approaches, Christian Approaches
  • Similarities and Differences Between Secular Models
  • Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Preparation for placement, etc.

Guidance on how to complete your Portfolio will be provided.

OPTIONS / PATHWAYS

All modules are compulsory.

MODES OF STUDY

  • Classroom / Study centres
  • Blended learning
  • Distance (virtual) learning

START DATES / INTAKE PERIOD

Usually January, April and September but variable depending on demand and availability of staff.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

1 month before commencement of course.

PROGRESSION

CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 4)

AWARDING BODY

CPCAB – Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Students are required to have completed the Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 course or a compatible course from another accepted awarding body.

Basic knowledge of IT is required for those accessing this programme online. You will need a good internet connection and a laptop or tablet device.

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