Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – 300 hours over two years plus one hundred hours of supervised client work in an agency, or similar.

Minimum entry requirement: At least 150 hours of successful completion of tutor lead counselling courses.  On-line courses or distance learning will not qualify for entry onto the Diploma.

This qualification consists of seven units, 6 of which are marked internally, and externally moderated, and the last is marked externally by ABC examiners.

Units

K/601/7629 Professional organisational issues in counselling

In this unit, learners will develop an in-depth understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors, as professionals, and the organisations and other people with which they may work. They will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles. Learners will also reflect on the importance of managerial supervision and casework supervision.
Areas of study:

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the need to work within an ethical framework (BACP) (updated version July 2016)
  • Understand the environment in which counselling takes place, including working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of casework supervision and it’s place within counselling as well as the experiential aspect by undergoing casework supervision while on placement working with clients
  • Develop an awareness and understanding of the potential conflicts between the requirements of other codes of professional practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues in relation to working ethically
D/601/7630 Counselling in a diverse society

In this unit, learners will explore the impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society. They will also examine power issues within the counselling process

Areas of study:

  • Understand issues which affect counselling in a multi-cultural society to include
    • stereotyping
    • language issues
    • different belief systems
    • family structures
    • family life experiences
  • Understand how cultural divisions and heritage might influence the counselling relationship
  • Understand power issues within the counselling process
K/601/7632 Counselling theory

In this unit, learners will analyse one major therapeutic model to influence, inform and empower their practice as a counsellor. Learners will also compare other therapeutic models with the major model.
Areas of study:

  • Understand a major therapeutic model of counselling (Humanistic)
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the history of the model and those influential in its development
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the model, it’s concepts and limitations
  • Understand the principles of other therapeutic models of counselling
M/601/7633 Advanced counselling skills

Learners will demonstrate a range of advanced skills illustrating their development as practitioners. In addition, they will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing sessions and a series of sessions. Learners will experience this both as ‘client’ and as ‘counsellor’ within the sessions.
Areas of study:

  • Understand the process of a series of counselling sessions and it’s complexities
  • Be able to conduct a counselling session with a client in an ethical, effective and safe way using their professional boundaries, skills and knowledge to support their work
  • Be able to reflect on the counselling session and evaluate its efficacy

These areas of study will encourage the learner to develop as a reflective practitioner.

T/601/7634 Self-awareness for counsellors

This unit aims to enable learners to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships.

Areas of study:

  • Use counselling theory to understand self
  • Use counselling practice to understand self
  • Reflect on personal development

These areas of study will complement all of the units in this Diploma.

A/601/7635 Research methodologies in counselling

In this unit, learners will explore the importance of research in counselling. They will develop their research skills and will learn how to present findings.

Areas of study:

  • Understand the purposes of research in counselling
  • Select effective methods for undertaking research activities and carry out research for a relevant topic
  • Present findings of research for a chosen topic
  • Evaluation of the research methodologies and outcomes

This unit will encompass the specialisms in counselling including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual abuse
  • Working with children
  • Personality disorders
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression

Presentation will be of one of the specialisms covered on the course.

J/506/9114 Counselling placement

Learners will complete this unit linked to supervised counselling placement practice. They will analyse how their theoretical approach has influenced their practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.
This unit will be undertaken in an agency placement where learners will put into practice their learnings from the classroom.  It will include putting into action, all the knowledge and skills based on the previous units.

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