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Training: CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills

Training: CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills

Service Six are delighted to be joining forces with our partners at Northamptonshire Centre for Counselling Studies (NCCS) to provide the CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills - the 10-week course starts on 12 January 2021.

The Course
The Introduction to Counselling Skills (ICSK-L2) course is aimed at professionals working within an educational setting who want to:
• Learn basic / initial counselling skills (listening and responding skills)
• Find out more about counselling;
• Improve professional and personal relationships.

The course will not teach you to become a counsellor, but it may help you to develop skills as a helper and assist in deciding whether you wish to proceed onto further courses and train as a counsellor. The course will enhance an existing role such as that of a SENCO, a Pastoral Care role, teacher, teaching assistant or other roles in an educational setting.

The Location
In light of the current pandemic situation, we are guided by the Government guidelines in relation to social distancing. This course will be undertaken using blended learning - five of the sessions will be in a classroom environment and five will be undertaken online using Zoom. The classroom will be at the Service Six Community Centre (16 Sassoon Mews, Wellingborough, NN8 3LT).

The Dates and Times
The course dates are as followes:

  • Tuesday, 12th January 2021 - classroom
  • Tuesday, 19th January 2021 - zoom
  • Tuesday, 26th January 2021 - classroom
  • Tuesday, 2nd February 2021 - zoom
  • Tuesday, 9th February 2021 - classroom
  • 16th February 2021 - HALF TERM
  • Tuesday, 23rd February 2021 - Zoom
  • Tuesday, 2nd March 2021 - classroom
  • Tuesday, 9th March 2021 - zoom
  • Tuesday, 16th March 2021 - zoom
  • Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 - classroom

All sessions will be from 6pm - 9pm and 90% attendance is required to successfully complete the course.

The Course Costs
The course costs £295 per student and includes:

  • 30 hours of high-quality teaching and internal moderation and verification
  • CPCAB Registration Fee to enrol each student on the course, including CPCAB administration and External Verification visits

How to apply
Places will only be offered after completion of the application form and a successful telephone interview. The application deadline is Monday 30th November 2020 but the sooner applications are submitted the better.

For more information or to request an application form, please contact If you have already completed an application form for one of our previous training courses, please state this in your email.

Entry Requirements:

  • 18 years +
  • Level 2 (GCSE A-C) in Literacy (or equivalent). If you don't have this level of qualification, you will be asked to complete a written exercise.
  • A willingness to discuss thoughts and feelings with others as part of a group, 1-2-1 with other students and tutors and in writing
  • A willingness to give feedback to and receive feedback from others in the group
  • Be committed to exploring your own values, beliefs and attitudes and examining how you relate to other people
  • Be committed to the learning process and completing the necessary homework to fulfil the requirements of the course
  • Ability to use a computer (word processing and sending emails) and
  • Access to a printer to print work for portfolio

If you are experiencing any current emotional or psychological problems unfortunatly we can not accepted you onto the course this time. If you are currently experiencing any significant life events, then you may not be accepted onto the course.

Course Content
A large part of the course is experiential learning and observation and involves a commitment to personal development/developing self-awareness.

The course contains the following units:
1. Using basic counselling skills within the limits of a helping role
2. Establishing a helping interaction
3. Communicating understanding of other person’s concerns
4. Focusing on the person’s agenda
5. Understanding the importance of self-awareness in helping work
6. Using different types of listening and responding skills in a helping interaction
7. Using review and feedback to evaluate helping skills

You will produce a written portfolio of work, which documents evidence of your learning, a record of your personal development and a collection of evidence to support CPCAB criteria outlined in the Candidate Learning Record (CLR). Successful completion of the course is dependent upon the completion of this portfolio.

Additional Study Time
Additional study time required will be circa 3 hours a week (this may be dependent upon the student). It is important to think about how you will fit this course into your daily life, making sure that you consider your employment, family commitments, health issues etc.

The Awarding Body
The course will be awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB), a UK based awarding body that is managed by professional counsellors, trainers and supervisors and have now been in operation for 25 plus years. It is also the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of counselling.

Progression - What could be next?
There is the opportunity to progress to the next Counselling Level/s of training, including:

  • CPCAB Level 2 – Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 3 – Certificate in Counselling Studies (qualifies you to do support work)
  • CPCAB Level 4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (qualifies you to be a counsellor)

About Our Partners
Northamptonshire Centre for Counselling Studies is an award-winning private training centre offering robust and quality assured counselling courses in Northamptonshire. NCCS was founded and is managed by Kelly Porch, a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor running a counselling private practice in Kettering, Northamptonshire. Kelly is also a registered member of the BACP and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

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