Advanced Counselling (Level 4 Award)

eDistant Learning
Course Type: Home Study
Study Hours: 110 Hours/Flexible
Tel: 0800 009 6081

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an Advanced Counselling award. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Advanced Counselling is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 4 Advanced Counselling course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

Counselling is a complex skill requiring a sound knowledge base and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. As a counsellor you will meet clients presenting with a wide range of problems and of varying severity; it is vital therefore that you understand not only how to work with these issues, but also the factors that lead to these issues developing.

Advanced Counselling provides an in-depth look into the different models and types of therapy, and the skills you will need in order to help you work with clients effectively. The course explores development and attachment theories, communication skills (such as empathy, clarification and challenge, goal setting, and listening) as well as values and anti-oppressive practice. The course also addresses the current issues surrounding regulation of the profession and how this will affect trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as information regarding setting up your own practice.


After studying this course, students will be able to:

Demonstrate their understanding of development and attachment
Understand the treatment models used in counselling

Demonstrate their ability to apply theory to their practical work with clients
Identify issues of setting up a private practice

Understand the purpose of regulation
Discuss the importance of communication and barriers to communication
Demonstrate their understanding of appearing as a professional expert / witness in court

The NCFE Advanced Counselling course is divided into six
comprehensive units:

Unit 1 - Models of Therapy
Analytic Psychology: Carl Jung - Psychoanalytic psychology - Behaviourism - Humanistic psychology - Carl Rogers - Erikson - Cognitive Approach: Albert Ellis - Attachment.

Unit 2 - Types of Therapy
Gestalt - Person centred therapy - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - What is involved in CBT? - Schema therapy - Acceptance and commitment therapy - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - Mindfulness - Interpersonal Effectiveness - Distress Tolerance - Emotional Regulation - The ABCs of Irrational Beliefs - Core beliefs.

Unit 3 - Working as a counsellor
Working in various settings - Regulation - Communication - Listening - Validation - Barriers to communication - Effective Communication - Communicating with children - Clarification and challenge - Goal setting.

Unit 4 - Being assertive
Good practice - Safety within therapy sessions - Assessment - Monitoring Progress - Promoting compliance with homework tasks - Group Work - Reflection.

Unit 5 - Ethics and Dilemmas
Good Practice - Setting up a private practice - Professional Witness / Expert in Court - Accountability - Code of Conduct.

Unit 6 - Crisis work
Self harm - Coping strategies to prevent self harm - Involvement of friends and family - Managing self harm - Breaking the pattern of self harm - Suicide - Working with a client who is suicidal - Suicide management plan - Timelines - Working Depression Questionnaire - Self Harm Questionnaire - Dissociative Experience Scale (DES II) - Relating DES items to types of Dissociation - Distress - Relaxation - References.

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