Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Improve your ability to empathise and communicate with others while learning new skills that can help supercharge your career.

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Overview

The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills is ideal for those who have no experience or qualifications in counselling. On completion of the course, you'll have gained a solid foundation of skills and knowledge from which to begin gaining practical experience or pursue further training, such as the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.

You'll discover what makes an effective counsellor, learn how to establish a fruitful relationship with clients, and develop effective listening skills. You'll also gain an understanding of diversity and ethics within counselling, learn how to handle crisis intervention, explore the importance of self-development and be introduced to therapeutic approaches such as CBT.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Introduction to counselling skills theories

In this unit, you’ll be introduced to theories which inform practical counselling techniques, such as psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioural therapy, and person-centred theory. You’ll also learn how and when each approach can benefit the client.

Unit 2 - Diversity and Ethics in the use of Counselling Skills

In the second unit, you’ll learn the importance of anti-discriminatory practice, the value in understanding issues relating to diversity and inclusivity, and gain a good understanding of ethical frameworks in relation to counselling skills.

Unit 3 - Using Counselling Skills

Next, you’ll explore exactly what core counselling skills are and how they can be utilised in an effective counselling relationship, as well as strategies for ending interactions with clients in a positive manner.

Unit 4 - Counselling Skills and Personal Development

Here you’ll learn how to develop self-understanding by looking inwards. Explore your own personal beliefs and values whilst assessing their impact on helping relationships. Uncover the benefits of personal development and your motivations behind helping others. You’ll also be able to identify the personal qualities essential in counselling and address how to meet your own support needs. This unit will close by highlighting the importance of self-reflection how it contributes to personal development.

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Awarding Body

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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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.

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Course Outcome

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 2 certification. NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification, and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

After you've completed this qualification, you'll be able to progress to more advanced qualifications such as the NCFE CACHE Diploma in Counselling Skills.

This certificate alone does not qualify learners to practice as a counsellor. The purpose of this qualification is to support progression to further learning and counselling-related work experience, after which you will be able to apply for a license to practice. You may choose to progress into the following professions:

  • Support worker
  • Healthcare assistant
  • Mental health support worker
  • Care assistants in residential settings
  • Guidance worker
  • Substance misuse worker

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you'll be assessed with appropriate tasks to demonstrate achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment method will consist of a portfolio of evidence that should prepare the learner for real-life situations that they may face in employment.

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.

This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

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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 Counselling Skills online?

Online study allows you to fit your learning around your schedule, giving you the flexibility to develop your counselling skills or kick start a new career at your own pace, in the location of your choosing.

What will this Counselling Skills course teach you?

You’ll develop listening skills, learn how to build rapport with clients, and explore different counselling techniques. The course will also touch on counselling ethics, as well as the importance of managing your own wellbeing when counselling others.

Who should study for a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills?

This nationally recognised qualification is perfect for anyone wishing to develop a solid understanding of the counselling profession before moving on to further qualifications such as our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills. It’s also ideal for supporting job progression into a number of related career areas, such as health and social care, substance misuse, policing, and teaching.

The course is endorsed by ACCPH, meaning that when you enrol you’ll be able to register as a student member.

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