The course covers seven main areas including recognising the limitations and boundaries of a helping role, communicating empathy, focusing on a helpee’s agenda, recognising the importance of self-awareness, giving and receiving feedback as well as a practical element of using listening and responding skills.
Further information about this course is available on the CPCAB website.
Students are recommended to obtain the CPCAB book that accompanies this course: Counselling skills and Studies (2nd Edition) by Dykes, Kopp and Postings.
Progression & Employment
This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role, however, it can enhance an existing voluntary or paid role or increase the general employability of those seeking to enter the job market.
Following this course, you can apply for the foundation degree in counselling which qualifies you to be a counsellor.
Method of Assessment
You will keep a portfolio of your learning including reflective written pieces and feedback from peers and tutor on your counselling skills practice.
There are no entry requirements for this course, however, the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.
As such, this course is not recommended for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion.