Counselling Skills Development

This unit is largely practical and encompasses all of those practical, skills based and safeguarding requirements needed to work as an ethical and competent therapist. At the end of this unit you will start to see your counselling identity emerge.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop their counselling skills and referral procedures. They will also explore legal, ethical and professional issues related to counselling practice. 

This unit focuses on the identification, practice and development of a range of interpersonal and counselling skills. It also considers the professional context of counselling. On completion of the unit, learners should have the inter-related skills required to initiate, maintain and conclude a counselling interaction. The unit will enable participants to develop their skills and relate them to experience drawn from their work, learning or personal setting.  

Learning and Assessment

Learning will take the form of directed study, personal development opportunities, role play, self-directed study and enrichment activities. Assessment of the unit will be through a range of role play and simulation, discussion, journal writing and assignments which all demonstrate theoretical understanding and clear reflection.

On successful completion of this unit learners will be issued with a “fitness to practice” certificate, allowing them to start their 100 hour placement.