The course consists of three units and will be offered over three terms. It provides the second stage of a professional counselling training programme with each stage providing an opportunity to achieve an award. A reading list and full written and verbal guidance is provided.
Developing Counselling Skills (M/506/3050).
Unit 1 will enable learners to consolidate existing and develop additional counselling skills in preparation for working with clients in a supervised counselling placement. The unit is also useful for those with existing counselling skills training who are seeking to incorporate enhanced counselling skills into related employment or voluntary activities. Internal assessment consists of three conselling sessions and some journal entries.
Counselling Theory (F/506/3053).
Unit 2 will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of the main theorists and their approaches to counselling (Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behaviourial). It will enable learners to evaluate the strengths and limitations of each approach and to understand how theory underpins counselling practice. The integrative approach will also be examined. Internal assessment consists of an essay, some journal entries and an external exam.
Counselling: Towards Reflective Practice (A/506/3052).
Unit 3 will enable learners to practice and develop their counselling skills and work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling. To support this, different theories of human development; the use of supervision; and issues of difference and diversity will be considered. The Unit also provides an opportunity to link the theory to the learner’s personal development, motivation and readiness to practice. Practical and ethical issues around professional counselling will be examined which in turn will prepare learners for practice within a supervised counselling placement as part of the Level 4 training. Internal assessment consists of a course journal.
Students need to be aged 16 or over and possess the AQA or AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (75 GLH) or their equivalent.
PLEASE NOTE: Before enrolling, students who have studied with another training provider or have taken a break in their training must contact the AE Co-ordinator (counselling) by the end of the Summer term, in order to provide evidence of suitable Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) on previous counselling training.
This is an accredited course and the course fee shown includes examination fees. Learning Loans are available subject to certain conditions. The College also offers a payment by instalment option. Please contact the Adult Education office by telephone on 01223 278002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Olga is a counsellor, a graduate psychologist and a counselling tutor. She works with children, young people, adults, couples and families at her private practice and at Relate Cambridge.
She is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP), a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and a member of the Association For Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).
Her academic background includes a BSc (Hons) in Philosophy and Educational Science from the University of Salamanca (Spain), a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from ARU (Cambridge, UK), a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Hills Road Sixth Form College (Cambridge, UK) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (Relate Institute, validated by University of Hull).
She has worked in mainstream and specialist schools, supporting, teaching and tutoring children and young people. She has been involved with local charities and organisations such as Lifecraft as a Lifeline volunteer, Centre 33 and Wintercomfort where she worked as a counsellor, and with Blue Smile where she was a therapeutic mentor. She has also been employed by Cambridgeshire County Council as part of a team dedicated to the inclusion of children with physical, behavioural and learning difficulties in the community.