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ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
27 September 2021
Additional Start Date
28 September 2021
Additional Start Date
29 September 2021
Additional Start Date
17 January 2022
Additional Start Date
18 January 2022
Study Mode
Evening
Duration
10 Weeks

The course will give a basic introduction to counselling and enable students to make a more informed choice as to whether or not to embark on vocational training in counselling

This qualification is designed as a basic generic introduction to counselling for those who have had no previous experience of, or training in, the field of counselling. Its versatility appeals to a wide range of potential learners and the target market includes those who are considering embarking on formal counselling training as an intended career change.

The course has been developed for those who recognise the importance of counselling skills and may be working in such areas as care, education and training, Social Services, industry and commerce and the Health Service. The course is also open to those who may be interested in using counselling skills in a voluntary setting. The ABC Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts aims to:

  • Enhance and improve verbal communication skills, especially empathy, the ability to listen and respect silence
  • Enhance and improve written communication skills
  • Provide a basic understanding of what counselling is about and able to compare and contrast counselling with other forms of helping activities
  • Develop an understanding of what counselling training entails and assist learners to make a more informed choice as to whether or not s/he is suited to undertake vocational counselling training as opposed to other types of training
  • Introduce learners to experiential learning processes that will include a high element of personal growth work, developing further self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Prepare learners to progress onto appropriate further qualifications

Course Modules/units

You will have an opportunity to identify and practise a range of skills used when participating in counselling skills interactions. You will also be introduced to the key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling as well as the concepts of diversity and ethics and their importance in the use of counselling skills. You will have an opportunity to reflect on your personal and future development and identify potential sources of support.

You will complete this qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

  • Therapeutic models of counselling, ethical frameworks and helping relationships
  • Effective communication skills in helping relationships
  • How to reflect on personal development and identify areas for future development.

You will complete 3 units:

  • The professional context of counselling
  • Communication skills in helping relationships
  • An introduction to personal development

Entry Requirements

This course is open to everyone with a genuine interest in developing their counselling techniques and there are no formal entry requirements.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Mon Day)27th Sep 2021 – 29th Nov 2021, Mondays, 1pm – 4pm, 10 weeks

September (Mon Eve)27th Sep 2021 – 29th Nov 2021, Mondays, 6pm – 9pm, 10 weeks

September (Tue Eve)28th Sep 2021 – 30th Nov 2021, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 10 weeks

September (Wed Eve)29th Sep 2021 – 1st Dec 2021, Wednesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 10 weeks

January (Mon Day) – 17th Jan 2022 – 18th Apr 2022, Mondays, 1.15pm – 4.30pm, 10 weeks

January (Mon Eve) – 17th Jan 2022 – 18th Apr 2022, Mondays, 6pm – 9.15pm, 10 weeks

January (Tue Eve) – 18th Jan 2022 – 12th Apr 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9.15pm, 10 weeks

January (Eve) – Additional Date TBC

Study Method

Delivery will be mostly classroom-based with some E-learning through York College Blackboard and Microsoft Teams

Assessments

This course encourages feedback from peers and tutors and also a process of self-reflection using weekly journals which is assessed through completion of a workbook.

Course Fees

£84 - £168
The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility, if you feel you may qualify for funding, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Facilities

Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression onto Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Career Progression

This qualification, or an equivalent, will be a prerequisite for entry into the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills programme. However, for those who do not intend to continue their studies further in the field of counselling, the course can be a valuable introduction to skills transferable into a range of career and educational opportunities.

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