Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma

Our course code: X407

Course fee: £495 or from £38 per month

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Do you have an interest in counselling and helping others? Perhaps you’re already using counselling skills in your professional or voluntary work and want to broaden your horizons. Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 covers key approaches to short-term and goal-focused counselling and self-awareness. An ideal qualification for anyone looking to study counselling at a higher level, improve their prospects or expand their knowledge.

Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma has Online Quality Checked training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS). Great news for trainee-counsellors looking for a credible counselling course.

Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma

Important: We strongly recommend having a Level 3 Counselling qualification. This is because a strong groundwork of the basics will greatly help you on the Advanced Counselling Level 4.

What to expect on our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma?

Our Advanced Counselling Diploma provides insight into the knowledge and skills of counsellors. First, you’ll learn the distinction between counselling and psychotherapy before looking at the need for clinical supervision.

As you progress, you’ll master key skills counsellors use every day to help people manage conditions such as anxiety. Moreover, you’ll learn the importance of boundaries and confidentiality in a counselling relationship.

Finally, we’ll look at self-awareness, the benefits of SMART goals, and various approaches to therapy. In addition, there will be many exercises to aid your studies, including Kolb’s learning styles and the experimental learning style. As a result, you’ll complete the course with an advanced understanding of counselling.

Who is this Advanced Counselling Course for?

An ideal course for anyone who has studied Counselling Skills at Level 3. This step up expands on what you will have previously learned with more advanced concepts and a deeper exploration of key approaches and theories. It’s also a ideal way to develop new skills or evolve the skills you may already have while studying counselling.

For instance, you may be a keen observer or a good listener who can build rapport with others. Similarly, you may be good at reading body language and know how to respond to make someone feel comfortable. Don’t have these skills? You can easily develop or fine-tune them with the right practical experience and theory work.

Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma was awarded ‘Quality Checked’ training status with the NCS. Great news for trainee-counsellors looking for a credible counselling course to study from the comforts of home.

Counselling has proven extremely effective for many mental health conditions. Thus, developing an advanced counselling mindset will enable you to engage in purposeful coaching and relationship building. Enrol today!

On this Level 4 Counselling Course you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of development and attachment
  • Understand the treatment models used in counselling
  • Develop your ability to apply theory to their practical work with clients
  • Identify issues of setting up a private practice
  • Discover the purpose and need for quality regulation
  • Discuss the importance of and barriers communication

An advanced qualification for anyone looking to improve their prospects and expand their knowledge of counselling.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support™

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: CACHE Customised Qualifications

CACHE is a sector leading specialist and awarding organisation for Early Years, Care and Education in the UK. And our customised qualifications are uniquely designed under CACHE’s watchful eye and approval.

Study Hours

Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Assessment

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

 

 

 

 

This course is fully accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) meaning you will be able to gain registration with a counselling association and start to gain practical counselling experience once you’ve completed the course.

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an CACHE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about customised CACHE qualifications here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an CACHE qualification.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 4

Entry requirements - It's recommended having a Counselling Level 3 qualification, so you have the founding knowledge to succeed on this Level 4 qualification.

Course Content

1: Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy; The Necessity of Clinical Supervision

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • What is counselling?
  • What settings might counselling be used?
  • The differences between counselling and psychotherapy
  • What is clinical supervision?
  • The focus, function, challenges and importance of supervision
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback
2: Counselling Skills Sessions

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Implementation of core counselling skills
  • Use of different interventions with clients
  • Core conditions when in therapeutic contact
  • Skills of Active Listening
  • Ways to Start a Counselling Session

 

3: Boundaries, The Law, and Note-keeping

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Boundaries within a counselling relationship
  • Contracts between a client and therapist
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Health and safety
  • The rights of clients
  • Prevention of serious harm to the client or to others
  • Notes and record-keeping
  • Recording sessions with clients
  • GDPR
4: Self-Awareness

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Application of self-awareness
  • Insight into counselling therapy
  • Middle stages of counselling work
  • Membership organisations
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Research and counselling
5: Theoretical Approaches to the Use of Counselling: Person-centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Three key approaches to counselling
    • Person-centred theory
    • Psychodynamic approach
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Psychosexual stages of development
  • Transference and counter-transference
  • The ABC model
6: Short Term and Goal Focused Counselling

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • How short-term therapy might work
  • GROW models and SMART goals
  • Mental health classification and DSM-5

 

7: Integrating Theoretical Approaches

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Integrative therapy
  • Benefits of integrative counselling
  • Attachment theories
  • Childhood development

 

8: Diversity

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Importance of diversity awareness
  • Diversity when working with clients
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Diversity and difference in counselling
  • How counsellors work with difference and diversity
9: Workshop Reflective Practice Exercises

Reflective exercises that aren’t mandatory but beneficial to your studies. You’ll consider the following:

  • Reflective practice
  • Kolb – learning styles
  • The experimental learning cycle
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

To enrol on this Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma, it's strongly recommended that you already have and hold Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.