This Counselling course will familiarise you with Counselling skills and techniques. As you study the course you will discover complex theories and practice your new found counselling skills. You will be guided step by step, via your Counselling course, to understand the process of counselling a client from start to finish.
|Study time:||100 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course format:||Paper based pack|
|Assignments:||6 written tasks|
|Entry requirements:||None specific|
Unit 1: Counselling overview
When most people think of counselling, their initial thoughts are likely to include ideas involving advising and directing. It is a common misconception that when people attend counselling, they will be told what to do by the counsellor to resolve their issues, however this is not the case. Counsellors will sit with their clients and encourage them to discuss in detail what is bothering them in the hope to uncover any underlying issues that might be a cause for their current behaviour. The client will be encouraged to become empowered so that they can have a better understanding of themselves and thus come to their own resolutions for any problems they are encountering.
Unit 2: The theory of counselling
Throughout this unit we will cover the structure of counselling and look at different methods of counselling which can be utilised. We will also cover various communication methods such as verbal, gestures and questioning methods which can be used in counselling sessions with a variety of clients.
Unit 3: Relationships in counselling
Understanding how to conduct yourself and work with clients is essential for anyone in counselling. This unit of the course will cover confidentiality needs of counsellors as well as data storage and when information must be passed on to specific authorities. We will also look at build relationships with clients and develop our own skills to ensure you can provide the best possible service to those that you work with.
Unit 4: Psychodynamic approaches to counselling
Psychodynamic counselling is a very wide field of study and many different figures have contributed to this area of psychology. In this unit we will look at how people like Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung contributed to this area of counselling and discuss the theories that they came up with. We will also take a look at object relations theory and discuss the limitations of psychodynamic counselling.
Unit 5: Correcting behaviour through approaches
In this chapter of the course we will cover behavioural approaches to counselling and how learned behaviour can affect a person’s actions. We will look at the ABC model as well as how cognitive behavioural therapy is utilised by counsellors to influence a person’s behaviour.
Unit 6: Humanistic counselling
Person-centred counselling forms part of what has become known as the ‘humanist’ approach in therapy, which places emphasis on seeing people as individuals who have free will. Humanistic ideas emphasise the present rather than the past and also the idea that everyone can be motivated to achieve their full potential in life.