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Counselling Skills 1 & 2
Counselling Skills Level 3 Proficiency Certificate - Parts 1 and 2
Learn About Counselling Skills 1 & 2
Thank goodness for modern approaches in dealing with psychological problems caused by the pressures of life. Gone are the days where ignorance ruled and invasive procedures were employed in a vain attempt to solve someones mental health issues.
Talking Therapies, such as counselling help us to sort through our emotions and life style issues, compartmentalise our problems and deal with them.
Good Counselling Skills and techniques involve providing a secure environment where someone can share their innermost feelings without fear of being judged or ridiculed. A counsellor's foremost skill is the ability to listen without condemnation and to encourage their client to open up. A properly trained counsellor will never tell someone what they should do to solve their problems, but they will use the knowledge they glean, to help the client to draw up a plan of action designed to help them to either cope with their situation better or overcome it.
This online distance learning Proficiency Certificate in Counselling Skills, has been written by counsellors and the unlimited tutor support that comes with the course, is provided by a very experienced practitioner who has also had books published on the subject. What more could you ask for in order to get the quality of learning required and so achieve success in the talking therapies industry?
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- Counselling Skills I will help you to develop an ability to support or counsel others through the processes of personal growth and change. It will introduce you to the kinds of problems and issues that a person might face in overcoming stresses and limiting attitudes. Learn about the counsellor's role and the counselling process, and gain basic practical counselling skills. Recommended for parents, teachers and others who want to communicate in a more supportive, empathetic manner.
- Counselling Skills II will enhance the counselling skills developed in Counselling Skills I. You will learn how to use counselling micro-skills including methods of telephone counselling and techniques for dealing with specific crisis situations - to improve your counselling techniques. This course is ideal for those who have already gained the basic counselling skills and want to further develop their ability to counsel others.
This course is accredited by ACCPH and allows you to join as a professional member after completion. Membership allows you to add the letters MACCPH after your name
This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.
Pay upfront and save £60.00 or get a free 20-hour supplementary course in either Addiction Counselling or Telephone and Online Counselling worth £99.00 FREE OF CHARGE! Alternatively, you can pay the normal fee in four interest free instalments.
Course Structure: Proficiency Certificate in Counselling Skills
There are 8 lessons:
1 Learning specific skills:
- What is Counselling
- Perceptions of Counselling
- Differences between Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists
- Counselling Theories
- Directiveness, non directiveness
- Behavioural Therapies
- Systematic Desensitisation
- Positive Reinforcement and Extinction
- Goals of Psychoanalytical Approach
- Defense Mechanisms (Repression, Displacement, Rationalisation, Projection, Reaction Formulation, Intellectualisation, Denial, Sublimation)
- Use of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy
- Psychoanalytic Techniques
- Analytic Framework
- Free Associations
- Dream Analysis
- Resistance & Transferance
- Humaniustic Therapy
- Evaluating the Effectiveness of Therapies and Counsellors
- Case Studies
- Methods of Learning
- Micro Skills
- Online and Telephone Counselling
- Telemental Health
- Clinical Considerations
2 Listening & bonding:
- Scope of Listening and Bonding
- Meeting and greeting
- Creating a Safe Environment
- Time and Duration of Sessions
- Privacy in Telephone and online counselling
- Showing warmth on the phone
- The contract
- Helping the client relax
- Listening with intent
- Minimal Responses
- Non Verbal Behaviour
- Use of Voice
- Use of Silense
- Case Studies
- Active Listening
- Dealing with Silent Phone Calls
- Non Directive Counselling
- Reflection of Feeling
- Client Responses to Reflection of Feelings
- Reflection of Content and Feeling
- Case Studies
- Open & Closed Questions
- Other types of Questions (Linear, Information seeking, Strategic, Reflectivew, Clarification, etc)
- Questions to Avoid
- Goals of Questioning
- Case Studies
5 Interview techniques:
- Case Studies
6 Changing beliefs and normalising:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Changing Self-Destructive Beliefs
- Irrational Beliefs
- Case Studies
- Designing a Questionnaire
7 Finding solutions:
- Moving Forward
- Choices (Reviewing, Creating, Making choices)
- Facilitating Actions
- Gestalt Awareness Circle
- Psychological Blocks
- Case Study
8 Ending the counselling:
- Terminating the session
- Further Meetings
- Confronting Dependency
- Chronic Callers
- Terminating Silent Phone Calls
- Silent Endings
- Case Study
- Other Services
There are 8 lessons:
1 The Counselling Session:
- How micro-skills come together
2 Focus on the Present:
- Present experiences
3 Telephone Counselling:
- Non-visual contact
- Initial contact
- Use of micro-skills
- Overall process
- Types of problem callers
4 Dealing with Crises:
- Defining crisis
- Types of crisis
- Dangers of crisis
- Counsellor's responses and intervention
- Post-traumatic stress
5 Problem-Solving Techniques I:
- Expressing anger
- Encouraging change
- Externalising anger
6 Problem-Solving Techniques II:
- Blocked anger
- Referral practice
- Chronic depression
- Setting goals
- Promoting action
7 Problem-Solving Techniques III:
- Grief and Loss - loss of relationships
- Children and grief
- Stages of grief
8 Problem-Solving Techniques IV:
- Suicide - ethics; reasons for suicide
- Perceived risk
- Counselling strategies
- Alternative approach
Learning Goals: Proficiency Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Explain the processes involved in the training of counsellors in micro skills.
- Explain how to commence the counselling process and evaluation of non-verbal responses and minimal responses.
- Discuss both content and feeling, and their appropriateness to the counselling process.
- Demonstrate different questioning techniques and to understand risks involved with some types of questioning.
- Demonstrate how to use various micro-skills including summarising, confrontation, and re-framing.
- Demonstrate self-destructive beliefs and show methods of challenging them, including normalising.
- Explain how counselling a client can improve their psychological well-being through making choices, overcoming psychological blocks and facilitating actions.
- Demonstrate effective ways of terminating a counselling session and to explain ways of addressing dependency.
- Demonstrate the application of micro skills to different stages of the counselling process.
- Role-play the dynamics of the counselling process including such phenomenon as present experiences, feedback, transference, counter-transference, projection and resistance.
- Demonstrate telephone counselling techniques.
- Develop appropriate responses to crises, both emotional and practical.
- Show ways of encouraging the client to deal with aggression.
- Demonstrate different ways of encouraging the client to cope with depression.
- Discuss strategies for dealing with grief.
- Develop different strategies of helping suicidal clients.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Your learning experience with ADL will not only depend on the quality of the course, but also the quality of the person teaching it. This course is taught by Iona Lister and your course fee includes unlimited tutorial support throughout. Here are Iona's credentials:
Licentiate, Speech and Language Therapy, UK, Diploma in Advanced Counselling Skills.
Iona has been a clinician and manager of health services for fifteen years, and a trainer for UK-based medical charities, focusing on psychosocial issues, mental health disorders, and also the promotion of communication skills for people in helping roles. She tutors and facilitates groups via workshops and teleconferences, and now specialises in Sight Loss. As a freelance writer, she contributes regular feature articles for magazines, has written five published books, as well as published courses relating to personal development and counselling skills.
Iona has alslo written published books, courses and articles across a wide range of subjects, mostly in the areas of health, counselling, psychology, crafts and wildlife.
She has drawn experience from clinical and managerial experience within the NHS as well as medical and humanitarian subjects. She has been a regular feature writer and expert panel member of a national magazine for six years.
Her books include: A Guide to Living with Alzheimer's Disease (and associated dementias), The Psychology of Facial Disfigurement; a Guide for Health and Social Care Professionals, When a Medical Skin Condition Affects the Way you Look; A Guide to Managing Your Future, Facing Disfigurement with Confidence, Cross Stitch: A Guide to Creativity and Success for Beginners.
Courses written include: Mental Health and Social Work, Counselling Skills, Understanding and Responding to Substance Misuse, Journalling for Personal Development, Guided Imagery, Stress Management.
Current work includes: Tutor: Courses associated with Creative Writing, Counselling Skills, Psychology, Holistic Therapy, Certified Hypnotherapist and Hypnotension Practitioner.
Facilitator of Teleconference Groups: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
Trainer (Skills for Seeing): Macular Society
Reviewer of Books/Information: Macmillan Cancer Support
Fundraiser: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Embroidery/Art Groups Facilitator, Board Member
Website Manager: The Strathcarron Project, Coordinator (Delaware & Tennessee) Human Writes
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
This course is ideal if you work in or wish to work in:
- Health Professions
- Caring Roles
- Life Coaching Roles
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice