The course is aimed at people who wish to develop counselling skills to work with others in a voluntary or employed capacity.

Take the first steps to becoming a counsellor.

Improve their ability to communicate effectively with others

Enhance ability to work with others in a helping role

Recognise barriers to your own listening.

Develop an awareness of self in relation to others

Listening to others on a deeper level


The course is a L2

learning hours


Credit value: 17

Minimum age

18 years

Entry requirements

There is no previous experience required, however candidates will be required to undertake an assessment to assess their suitability.

learning outcomes

Use counselling skills ethically and safely

Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role

Work empathically as a helper

focus on the helpee’s needs and concerns

Use self awareness in helping work

Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction

Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills


Candidates who complete this unit may wish to progress to the CPCAB L3 in Counselling Studies. (CST-L3)


Trainer assessed completed portfolio, which is externally verified by the CPCAB and a written assessment which externally assessed.


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