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ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

ABC-awards accredits this Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills course in Folkestone, Kent. ABC-awards is a government approved counselling training awarding body. Our next Level 3 course will be starting on Tuesday
October 10th 2017

Entry Requirements

We accept applications from candidates who have previously studied a counselling training course at Level 2 or equivalent.

This course is primarily for candidates who have sufficient experience in a current or recent workplace setting such as health & social care, nursing, teaching, special needs, social work, youth work, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, victim support, bereavement support, mentoring, etc. Regardless of their background all of our students are expected to begin at Level 2 as it provides an excellent grounding in the application of counselling skills along with an introduction to theory, professional ethics and personal development.

By the description of 'counselling skills' we mean the regular use of 'active listening' skills such as paraphrasing, reflecting and mirroring, use of appropriate silences, challenging, open questioning, immediacy, focussing and summarising.

All of these 'communication skills' are becoming increasingly important in the way that professionals dialogue with patients, clients and service users in their respective fields of work.

This course enables the trainee to develop from a basic understanding and working experience of these essential attributes to achieve an emerging ability towards empathic attunement through the use of skills practice sessions in role-play and video recorded micro sessions.

Course Fees

£1,500.00 + ABC awards Registration Fee £57.60

Payment Options

Option 1:
Initial payment: £277.60 prior to the start date of the course
Eight further monthly payments of £160.00.
To be completed by the course end date.

Option 2:
This is our 'bespoke' option.
You get to calculate how much to pay as the initial payment (minimum £260.00) and subsequent monthly payments.
Final payment must be made in the month prior to the end of the programme.

Option 3:
Full payment of £1,557.60 prior to the start date of the course
This is the option to select if your employer/sponsor is paying your fees or you prefer to pay in full.

Course Dates

The next Level 3 programmes start on Tuesday October 10th September 2017. The course runs term time on a Tuesday through to June 2018. Some Saturday attendance.

The course timings are Tuesday evenings 5.45-9.30pm. Saturday attendance is 10.30am-4.30pm

Key Aims of the course programme

Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
This unit is intended to deepen the learners' understanding of the significant differences between a person who uses counselling skills in another occupation and a fully trained and qualified counsellor. Learners will explore key legal and ethical issues based on an ethical framework for counselling and psychotherapy in a multi-cultural and diverse society. The need for and the importance of casework supervision will be highlighted.

Understanding counselling theory
In this unit, learners will study one major therapeutic model of counselling in depth to empower the learner to reflect constructively on its value and use when working with people. They will also reflect on two other therapeutic models of counselling to raise awareness of other models.

Using counselling skills

Through practice, learners will explore a range of skills used within the counselling profession. Additionally, they will understand that sessions in which counselling skills are used are professionally managed activities with a start, middle and end. Cultural differences are recognised, acknowledged and worked with.

Personal development for users of counselling skills

In this unit, learners reflect on how the study of counselling theory, the use of counselling skills and feedback received can inform personal development and growth, in particular their understanding of self

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