Advanced Counselling Diploma

NCFE Customised Qualification
Take your knowledge of the principles, practices and ethics of Counselling one step further with this advanced diploma.
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This Advanced Counselling Diploma explores further the principles, practices, and ethics of counselling. Endorsed by ACCPH, you’ll be able to register as a student member when you enrol on this counselling course, allowing you to kickstart your dream career.

Perfect for those who long for a career in which they can help others work through their problems, and go on to enjoy happy, stress-free lives – this advanced counselling course will teach you the tools to work with clients and build their trust; whilst building on the counselling skills you’ve previously learnt in your level 3 counselling course.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy; The Necessity of Clinical Supervision

    In this unit, you’ll discover some of the reasons people might seek counselling, look at the skills a counsellor needs, and examine the differences between counselling and psychotherapy. You’ll also learn about the role of supervision, and the importance of giving and receiving constructive feedback in order to grow as a professional.

  2. Unit 2 - Counselling Skills Sessions

    In the second unit, you’ll learn about the essential skills it takes to become a successful counsellor, and how they look in practice. You’ll discover how to start a counselling session, how to ask open and closed questions, when to use self-disclosure, and more.

  3. Unit 3 - Boundaries, The Law, and Note-keeping

    Next, you’ll learn about the importance boundaries within the counselling relationship. You’ll also explore organisational procedures and policy, health and safety issues, and the rights of the client. Finally, you’ll look at when it’s okay to record sessions with clients, and GDPR as it relates to counselling and record keeping.

  4. Unit 4 - Self-Awareness

    In the fourth unit, you’ll delve into the application of self-awareness and insight in counselling therapy. You’ll also look at the stages of the counselling relationship as it develops, the ethical framework that counselling professionals should follow, and how to work within a multi-disciplinary team.

  5. Unit 5 - Theoretical Approaches to the Use of Counselling: Person-centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    In this unit, you’ll explore three concepts: person-centred theory, the Psychodynamic approach, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You’ll learn exactly what each approach is, and how they can help clients in different ways.

  6. Unit 6 - Short Term and Goal Focused Counselling

    Next, you’ll learn how to utilise the setting of SMART goals, as well as the GROW theory. You’ll also examine mental health classifications and the DSM-5, as well as why it’s important to manage ending with client relationships.

  7. Unit 7 - Integrating Theoretical Approaches

    In the seventh unit, you’ll study the advantages and disadvantages of using different theoretical approaches with the client, as well as the theory of attachment and childhood development.

  8. Unit 8 - Diversity

    In the final unit, you’ll learn how to work appropriately with clients of all backgrounds, and how clients should work with diversity and difference

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year.

ACCPH is an independent, self-regulated UK professional body for qualified counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. They serve people with nationally recognised qualifications from home study or distance learning students. Accepting members from all six modalities, including those ‘non-standard’ techniques such as Spiritual Coaching and Neuroscience amongst other approaches.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, you’ll receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a learner unit summary, which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your Advanced Counselling Diploma. This will be important if you have ambitions to work as a counsellor or CBT therapist.

How is this course assessed or examined?

There are no exams for this advanced Counselling course, and you will be assessed through assignments marked by your personal tutor. This might include essays, presentations, research projects, or practical learning sessions. Information on how you’ll be assessed will be included in your study pack.

Entry requirements

You should already hold a Level 3 Counselling qualification or equivalent for this advanced course.

Learners should hold a Level 2 English qualification / GCSE or functional skills due to the written demands of the course.

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