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Counselling Training

Choosing the best route into counselling is a big decision and professional training takes time and costs money. 


Before beginning your journey with Essence Counselling Training follow the link http://www.cpcab.co.uk/learners/becoming-a-counsellor

 to see the CPCAB progression route which provides a clearly defined pathway to becoming a qualified counsellor and this link to see their model. http://www.cpcab.co.uk/public_docs/cpcab_model

The CPCAB model of practitioner development underpins Essence Counselling Training qualifications. Once you are satisfied that this is the route you wish to take and have considered the time constraints and financial responsibility please get in touch with Essence Counselling for an application form.

Course & Qualifications

Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (ICSK-L2)


Once candidates have completed this qualification, those aged 16 or over may wish to progress to Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.


This qualification is intended for candidates who want to:

>Learn basic counselling skills (listening and responding skills) in helping roles

>Find out more about counselling (this qualification won’t teach them to be a counsellor, but may help them decide whether or not they want to train as one);

>Improve professional and personal relationships


Entry requirements

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification but please read section 5 of the Specification for further information.

Guided Learning Hours 30 hours (minimum)

Total Qualification Time 51 hours

Credit value 5

Minimum age 16 years


Progression

This qualification does not lead directly to an employed role. However, it could enhance an existing voluntary or paid role or increase the general employability of those seeking to enter the job market.


Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)


This qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. 

This qualification is for:

>Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor

>Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or     helping roles

>Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.


This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles. It provides an additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.


Entry requirements

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification but please read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


Guided Learning Hours 90 hours (minimum)

Total Qualification Time 170 hours

Credit value 17

Minimum age 18 years

Progression

Successful candidates may progress onto the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.


Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)


This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to:

>take the next step in training to become a counsellor

>learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health

>be prepared for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting.

This qualification does not lead to employment. It is designed as a pre- practitioner training for professional counselling qualifications but it could also lead to employment in a related field.

Entry requirements

You must have undertaken counselling skills training, e.g. our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent units/qualifications. 


Guided Learning Hours 90 hours (minimum)

Total Qualification Time 196 hours

Credit value 20

Minimum age 19 years

Progression

Successful learners may progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)


This two year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice.

Guided Learning Hours 420 hours (minimum)

Total Qualification Time 1204 hours

Credit value 120

Minimum age 19 years

Progression

Successful candidates may progress onto:

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills & Theory

Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision

Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling


Entry requirements

You must have obtained both our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and our Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their equivalent.


Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)


This qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent practice. It also equips learners to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

Entry requirements

You must have obtained our Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent.

Guided Learning Hours 120 hours

Total Qualification Time 458 hours

Credit value 46

Minimum age 19 years

Progression

Successful learners may progress onto the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling or the Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision provided they have acquired at least one year's part-time post PC-L5 supervised client work.