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CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills


Health and Social Care

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



30 weeks



Available at

Course Overview

This qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. This qualification is for: Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles. It provides additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.

What will I learn?

You will complete modules and complete criteria in the following areas: 1. Use counselling skills ethically and safely 2. Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role 3. Work empathically as a helper 4. Focus on the helpee’s needs and concerns 5. Use self awareness in helping work 6. Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction 7. Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Your course will be made up of workshops, seminars, personal development workshops and training group work. You will complete projects and presentations an complete reviews of skills and understanding. Candidates must be Proficient in both internal and external assessment to achieve the qualification. Internal assessment: tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements and verified by CPCAB. External assessment: externally assessed written paper after watching a CPCAB DVD under exam conditions and assessed by CPCAB.

Entry Requirements

We expect learners to have completed the NCFE (distance learning) workbook level 2 in Counselling Skills before enrolling on to this part time course. This will give you underpinning theoretical knowledge that provides a foundation for the practical skills explored during this course. Please feel free to discuss this with a member of the team.

Additional Costs and Information

Start date above is a rough guide, as timetables are still being finalised.

This course is available part time as both a daytime and an evening course. The daytime course will run from 9.00-4.00 one day a week, from September until February, when students (if successful) can enrol onto the L3 Counselling studies course for the remainder of the academic year. The evening course runs from 6-9, one evening a week, from October until June.

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