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Counselling is rapidly growing as a profession and is increasingly valued in education, medicine, the caring field and most workplaces.
If you’re looking to become a professional counsellor, our Certificate in Counselling is the ideal first step to start your training. With this course, you’ll begin to develop your counselling skills and understanding. After completing this programme we offer the next stage in counselling training: BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling. During this BA (Hons) degree you will become a fully qualified counsellor after completing all practical and academic requirements of the second year.
Who is this qualification for?
This course is ideal if you:
- Want to begin your training as a professional counsellor.
- Want to change your current career to become a counsellor.
- Wish to understand and adopt counselling skills to your current role.
- Or would simply like to improve personal and professional relationships.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
The Certificate in Counselling Skills is a free-standing course that has two modules, Phase 1 and Phase 2. There’s a total of 20 sessions (10 in each phase) with two entry points for Phase 1 (September and January) and Phase 2 (January and April).
Both phases combine humanistic theory, values and ethical practice to counselling skills used in one-to-one, face-to-face situations and wider social contexts at work as well as in the community.
The sessions at the University are delivered on weekday evenings and Saturdays to give you flexibility around your current commitments.
What you will study
You will study a range of modules during the course. The modules you will study could include:
Indicative Course Content Phase 1:
- Philosophy of Humanistic Practice
- Carl Rogers Core Conditions
- Effective Listening
- Non-verbal and Para-verbal Communication
- Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback
- Introduction to Transactional Analysis
- Introduction to Transference
- Loss and Change
- Perceptions and Attitudes towards Diverse Cultural Forms
Indicative Course Content Phase 2:
- Exercises to Continue Self Awareness
- Resistance and Reluctance
- Challenges (Self and Others)
- Johari Window
- Appreciation of Difference
- Hierarchy of Human Need
- Group Process and Dynamics
- Practice in Small Groups
- Peer Assessment of Taped Interaction
- Core Conditions of Humanistic Practice Accentuated
- Transactional Analysis
Use University resources, equipment and study spaces
Use facilities including the Brain Imaging Unit, VR Immersive Suite, Psychological Test Centre, Interview and Observation Suite and individual fully equipped testing cubicles and use industry standard equipment and software throughout your studies.
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Where you could go after your studies
You can apply for progression onto the BA (Hons) Humanistic Counselling once you complete this Certificate.
Students with additional qualifications/credit can progress from Certificate level to degree level in five years. The BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling is also an excellent development for students already holding a Diploma in Counselling.
As a student in the department, you will also have access to a range of opportunities, including:
- Study abroad
- Voluntary research assistance
Course Fees 2022/23
This course is open entry for student by application and reference.