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.
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Evening course for 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, 6.00 - 9.00 pm.
Three terms, starting September, January and April, booked separately. The January course runs from Monday 8th January to Monday 19th March 2018.
This course allows learners to make a more informed choice as to whether or not to embark on a demanding vocational training towards a possible career in counselling or an allied career, for example, welfare advice work, where counselling skills would be useful. It is also intended for those who wish to improve their listening and communication skills.
It is appropriate for those who are:
• returning to study.
• seeking a career change.
• undertaking voluntary work.
• enhancing career prospects through extra qualifications.
• thinking of training as a professional counsellor.
• seeking development of enhanced social skills.
The Level 2 AIM Awards in Introduction to Counselling Concepts aims to:
• to give candidates a ‘taste of counselling’, its concepts and methods
• to provide the candidate with an introduction to basic counselling skills, and the beginnings of an understanding of counselling practices and their ethics
• to enable candidates to learn to identify basic counselling skills defined within this specification to enable candidates to either, learn some basic underpinning theory of counselling, or learn how basic counselling skills are applied to a defined situation.
Aims and Objectives
The course consists of 2 units:
An Introduction to Counselling ( VQ01 )
Unit purpose and aim(s) This unit is a basic introduction to counselling concepts. The aim is to provide candidates with a rudimentary knowledge and understanding of the profession of counselling and how it differs from other helping activities, and they will also have gained some elementary knowledge and understanding of counselling skills. The unit also introduces the candidate to counselling concepts, and to the ethos and methodology of counselling. Candidates will have acquired knowledge and understanding of the profession of therapeutic counselling and will also have gained some knowledge and understanding of its basic counselling skills.
Aims: On successful completion of this unit, the candidates will:
have gained insight into counselling and its ethos understand and use some basic counselling skills.
Unit 2 ( VQ02)
First Steps in the Theory of Counselling
This unit is internally assessed by the same means as for the above unit.
Unit purpose and aim(s): This unit is a basic introduction to the roots of counselling theory. The aim is to show how theory underpins some of the skills identified and practised in unit 1, and to provide a rudimentary understanding of the three main areas of counselling theory, and how they begin to relate to counselling practice.
On completion of this unit, candidates will:
• have a basic understanding of the three main areas of counselling theory: Psychodynamic principles, Humanistic/Person Centred approaches and Cognitive Behavioural approaches
• be able to make some links between counselling theory and counselling skills.
Teaching and learning strategies: This will consist of a variety of lectures, group exercises/discussions, role play/skills practice.
Assessment: Both units are assessed internally and subject to internal and external verification. The main methods of assessment are: Learning and Reflective Journal of coursework content of up to 500 words, which are internally assessed. Skills practice observation feedback sheets and “Counsellor” self assessment sheets.
External exam: A one hour written test set by AIM.
On successful completion of both units, the candidates will:
Counselling Skills: Level 2 AIM Awards
Course Code: N6397
Annual Fees, including the exam fee: £180
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: NO
Fees are payable when you enrol. Please telephone the following working day after submitting an application to make payment. This will reserve your place.
Courses are subject to continuing development and changing circumstances that may necessitate their cancellation or alterations to the course content or other related matters, such as fees and delivery times/dates.
No formal entry requirements but prospective learners should be aware, either by interview or other suitable methods, that the course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises, which will be demanding of the self in interaction with others.
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling at NESCOT (subject to interview). Entry to other Level 3 courses at other colleges.
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Last updated - 13/09/17