Advanced Counselling Diploma

Take your knowledge of the principles, practices and ethics of Counselling one step further with this advanced diploma.

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Overview

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'll learn

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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 psycho-dynamic approach, and cognitive behavioural therapy. You’ll learn exactly what each approach is, and how they can help clients in different ways.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Extra info

Awarding Body

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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.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Endorsed by

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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.

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.  

FAQs

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Is being a psychologist stressful?

Psychologists can often work long or unsociable hours, alongside patients in difficult situations. For these reasons, at times some people may find psychology to be a stressful career. That said, it’s rarely a boring vocation, and it can frequently be incredibly rewarding.

Is a career in psychology for me?

If you have a deep interest in the workings of the human mind and behaviour, and you want a challenging career working closely with people, then psychology may be the career for you.

Is it too late to start a career in psychology?

It’s never too late to start a career in psychology, whether you’re considering changing direction after studies in an unrelated field, or you want a fresh start after years or decades following a different path. Studying psychology online is easy, flexible and convenient, which opens up this exciting field to everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

Why study psychology with Oxbridge?

We offer courses for beginners through to more advanced levels, so there will be a course to suit everyone’s experience and ability. All of our courses are created by industry experts and taught online by experienced tutors.

The best part is that all our courses are flexible, which is perfect if you’re in full-time employment or have other commitments preventing you from attending a physical location to study.

Are you ready to join the hundreds of recently enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their careers through an online psychology course with Oxbridge? Enrol online or speak to a learning adviser for more information or advice.

How can I learn psychology on my own?

We get it; you want to become a psychologist but don’t want to upheave your entire life to retrain or study. You also may not be too thrilled at the idea of being forced to learn at the pace of a whole class. Instead, you want to qualify by yourself.

That’s where online psychology courses come in. Once you’ve enrolled, you simply log into your learning portal and study at a time and pace that suits you. And if you do need additional help and support, you can request an online one-to-one with your personal tutor.

How do I start a career in psychology?

You could begin with an introductory course that covers a selection of psychological practices. This could be at GCSE level or even a level 3 psychology course. 

From here, you could study a more specialised course such as educational psychology, an advanced diploma in psychology, or neuro-linguistic programming. And if you wish, you can use your new knowledge to apply for a university-level course.

Once you’ve got some qualifications under your belt, you can start applying for jobs in your chosen field of psychology.

Should I train as a counsellor?

Individuals of any age can benefit from counselling courses and it’s important to note that counselling, when experiencing grief, abuse, anger and problems building and maintaining relationships can have a positive impact.

This makes it absolutely critical that the counselling sector ensures it is well staffed with empathetic, conscientious and skilled professionals who will diligently work to help individuals manage their emotional welfare.

If this sounds like you, training to counsel individuals, couples or groups could be the start of an incredibly inspiring career. A skilled counsellor can become a truly vital support for vulnerable people, enabling them to work through trauma and past issues, making this profession as rewarding as it is valued.

How does counselling benefit children?

One in ten children experience mental illness, and, according to the same report from Mind, the recent pandemic lockdown has led to 68% of young people experiencing lowered mental health.

Counselling can be extremely useful for children and young people, particularly those who don’t have access to a support network at home or feel they cannot talk to their parents about problems they may be facing.

How does counselling benefit adults?

According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness; and the pandemic has worsened things. The mental health charity, Mind, released insight in Feb 2022 stating that “A million UK adults who had problems with their mental health for the first time during the pandemic have not spoken to anyone about it”

A career in counselling adults can see you touching upon topics surrounding the workplace, infertility, past trauma or even addiction. Older adults with very little family or friends can also benefit from counselling to help them better cope with feelings of loneliness or even worthlessness which is unfortunately common amongst older generations.

What types of counselling are there?

There are many different disciplines within counselling, including Counselling for Children, Substance Misuse and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. There are many counselling courses online available for various disciplines that can equip you with the skills and expertise to help people who are struggling with incredibly difficult situations. If you want to attain your counselling diploma online then we can help you.

Why study Counselling courses online?

Studying your counselling courses online with Oxbridge will get you qualified faster and on average our learner’s grades are 20% higher than the grades achieved by those who study on campus. As with all distance learning courses, distance learning counselling courses enable students to study wherever and whenever they choose, meaning they can become a counsellor while fitting their studies around other commitments such as work or childcare.

Why study your NCFE Counselling Diploma online?

This knowledge-based level 4 counselling course is specially designed for online study and can be completed at your own pace, in your own time, meaning it can easily be fitted around work and other commitments. You’ll have unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for the exam.

What will you learn in the Advanced Counselling Diploma?

During this level 4 counselling course, you’ll study the key theoretical approaches used in counselling, the skills needed to help clients, along with how to develop a fruitful working relationship with them. You’ll also learn the ethical framework for counselling professionals, the scope and limits of client confidentiality, gain an insight into CBT techniques, and much more.

Who should study Level 4 Counselling?

This course is ideal for those who have already completed our Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, or who are already fully qualified and looking to expand or refresh their knowledge.

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