Counselling & Psychology Courses
Paper Based Course Materials
Approximate Study Time
140 Hours (Self Study)
You can spread the payments for this course
over 4 monthly payments.
Initial payment of £155.00
Followed by 3 monthly
payments of £65.00
Approximate Delivery Time
1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
The Counselling - Level 3 Course is designed for people who wish to develop and understanding of principles and practice of Counselling in relation to a range of counselling situations. No prior knowledge is required.
On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.
Counselling skills can be of a huge benefit for individuals in all sorts of job roles and situations. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends certain types of counselling as being useful in treating a number of varied health conditions including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), long-term injuries and illnesses, eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa andbulimia, and substance abuse. Counselling can help individuals to discuss and deal with their problems, and also tackle the issues that are preventing them from achieving their goals and ambitions.
Please Note: The first 8 lessons of this home study course are the same as our Introduction to Counselling Course. In addition to these lessons the final section covering 8 lessons covers Practical Counselling for common situations. Because of this, the course leads to a higher level Qualification.
- Describe the role of a counsellor and what counsellors do.
- List common types of counselling.
- Understand the skills and attributes required to conduct counselling.
- Practice and improve their listening skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of negotiation.
- Describe the key aspects of successful mediation.
- Understand the role of counselling in crisis mediation.
- List sources of help and advice in a range of counselling situations.
- Identify a model approach for a range of counselling scenarios and client situations
- Develop an understanding of the ethics and confidentiality required of counsellors
The Home Study Course Includes the Following 16 Units:-
- Unit One - The Basics of Counselling
The following topics are covered: What is counselling, Who is a Counsellor, When is a Counsellor not ready to Council, Who needs counselling and Ten Steps to Counselling.
- Unit Two - Types of Counselling
The following topics are covered: When a Counsellor is needed and Types of counselling offered (Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, PMS, Sexual health and Stress.
- Unit Three - New Wave Counselling
The following topics are covered: On-line Counselling, Telephone Counselling, Telephone / Internet counselling, SMS text counselling, Video counselling and The Future.
- Unit Four - Traditional Counselling Styles
The following topics are covered: What are the different Types of Traditional Counselling, What Counselling, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family therapy, Group Therapy and Who goes to Counselling.
- Unit Five - Listening Skills
The following topics are covered: Listening, Stages of listening, Obstacles of Listening, Emphatic Listening, Listeners in Control and Traps for Listeners.
The following topics are covered: Negotiation, The Establishment Group, The Community group, Negotiation in General, The Joint Problem-Solving Approach, Definition of the Problem, Guidelines, Insist on Using Objective Criteria, Invent Options for Mutual Gain, Separate the People from the Problem, Suggestions, Breaking the Rules, Alternatives and Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement.
The following topics are covered: What is Mediation, When is Mediation called for, Responsibilities, Preliminaries, The Introductory Phase, Problem Definitions, Respect the Partiesí Ability to reach a settlement, Caucus Meetings, The Second session, Teamwork, The Agreement and Attributes of a Good Mediator.
- Unit Eight - Crisis Mediation
The following topics are covered: Other Considerations, Power imbalance, The Power of skill and Knowledge, A Summary of Factors Influencing the Balance of Power and Analysis and Responses.
Lessons 9-16 Cover Practical Counselling for Common Situations:
- Unit Ten - Problem centred approaches to counselling
The following topics are covered: Grief and Bereavement, Couples & Relationships, Stress Problems, Depression, Eating Disorders, Alcohol Problems, Children and Substance Abuse.
The following topics are covered: General Counselling Client Information Form, Publications, Addresses, Useful Contacts and Glossary of Health Terms.
There are no particular entry requirements.
Course Duration & Support:
Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.
You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions, and a larger essay/case study assignment. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.
The Certification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Counselling certificate of achievement by NCFE.
The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqualís Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification.
This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.
IMPORTANT NOTE: At present no formal qualifications are required to practice counselling in the UK. However, prospective students are advised that membership of an appropriate professional body is highly desirable (and essential for obtaining professional indemnity insurance). Membership will generally require a programme of training, plus practical experience gained under supervision, often with a voluntary counselling organisation.
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