Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)

South Bank Colleges
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Professional Training
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Professional Training
Course Dates
September 2022

September 2022

February 2023

February 2023

Course description

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)

The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies is designed for those of you who have already acquired practical counselling skills and theoretical knowledge at Level 2, and now wish to continue your training at an advanced level.

This qualification has a strong focus on experiential areas such as professional discussion and workshops; seminars; projects and presentations; learning reviews; simulated counselling practice; case studies; and simulated group training supervision. The course seeks to recreate real-life counselling scenarios, and will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

You'll be introduced to the three main counselling theories, these being the Person-Centred approach, the Psychodynamic approach, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); providing you with a broad base of knowledge to help advance your future career.

You'll be required to take part in six sessions of personal counselling during the course, in order to aid your personal development, and these will need to be self-funded (typically costing £25 to £40 per session). There's also an independent study requirement of at least 2 hours per week, in order to complete your weekly reflective learning review and other coursework.

Suitability - Who should attend?

What do you need to apply?

You are required to have undertaken previous classroom-based counselling skills training, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB), or achieved equivalent units/qualifications consisting of at least 75 guided learning hours (GLH).

  • GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above, or Level 2 English and
  • GCSE Maths (or equivalent) at grade E/2 or above, or Level 1 Maths

It is recommended that you:

  • Are at least 23yrs old with three years independent adult life experience
  • Are open to working on your self-awareness in relation to others

Places on this course are subject to a tutor reference and an interview.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

What experience and skills will you gain?

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

Continuing Studies

Where can this course take you?

This course could lead to work as a helper or a trainee counsellor, in areas such as mental health, the homeless, substance misuse, education, health, and social care.

Further training can lead to becoming a fully-qualified counsellor.

After successfully passing the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, you may wish to consider progressing on to the following Level 4 course:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)

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South Bank Colleges

South Bank Colleges (previously Lambeth College) is a leading Further Education provider of high quality, dynamic and supportive teaching and learning. South Bank Colleges (SBC) attracts students from across London and England, aged from 14 - 16, 16 - 18...

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45 Clapham Common, South Side, SW4 9BL
SW4 9BL London Lambeth & Wandsworth

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