Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Who is the course for?

It is for those who wish to learn counselling skills to be able to help people in a voluntary or employed situation, or for those who wish to find out more about counselling. Students are termed “helpers” throughout this training course, and it can be a first step towards progressing to further training in counselling if desired. 

What is the course format?

The 90-hour course is normally run over 12 sessions within an academic year.  The course is part-time to allow students to continue their existing work and voluntary commitments.  

Is the course accredited? 

The course is accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and carries 17 units on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF).  It is recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).

What does the course cover?

The course covers topics such as the difference between caring, helping and counselling, Biblical dynamics, communication and listening skills, different models of counselling, stress and prejudice.

Is there homework?

Students complete two essays, one book review, a personal learning log and a self-review as coursework.  There is an external assessment for CPCAB, watching a DVD and completing a paper under exam conditions. An estimated 60 hours of home study are required in addition to the course sessions.

What further training is available?

After the Level 2 course, students would be able to progress onto a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. 

Could I counsel clients with this qualification?

CPCAB recommends completing both the Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate courses before starting to counsel clients as a trainee counsellor under supervision.  Barnabas students start counselling placements at the beginning of our Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling course.