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The Introduction to Counselling - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the role of a counsellor and the basic skills required to become a counsellor. No prior knowledge is required. On successful completion of the home study courses students will receive a recognised level 2 award (Comparable to working at GCSE or NVQ Level 2). Please Note: If you are looking to study to a higher level we recommend you take the Level 3 Counselling Course which includes all Units from this course plus an additional 8 Units. After Studying this course, students will be able to: Understand the skills and attributes required to conduct counselling Practice and improve their listening skills Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of negotiation Describe the key aspects of successful mediation Understand the role of counselling in crisis mediation List sources of help and advice in a range of counselling situations. The home study courses are split into the following 8 Units: Unit One - The Basics of Counselling The following topics are covered: What is counselling, Who is a Counsellor, When is a Counsellor not ready to Council, Who needs counselling and Ten Steps to Counselling. Unit Two - Types of Counselling The following topics are covered: When a Counsellor is needed and Types of counselling offered (Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Divorce, Eating Disorders, PMS, Sexual health and Stress. Unit Three - New Wave Counselling The following topics are covered: On-line Counselling, Telephone Counselling, Telephone Internet counselling, SMS text counselling, Video counselling and The Future. Unit Four - Traditional Counselling Styles The following topics are covered: What are the different Types of Traditional Counselling, What Counselling, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family therapy, Group Therapy and Who goes to Counselling. Unit Five - Listening Skills The following topics are covered: Listening, Stages of listening, Obstacles of Listening, Emphatic Listening, Listeners in Control and Traps for Listeners. Unit Six - Negotiation The following topics are covered: Negotiation, The Establishment Group, The Community group, Negotiation in General, The Joint Problem-Solving Approach, Definition of the Problem, Guidelines, Insist on Using Objective Criteria, Invent Options for Mutual Gain, Separate the People from the Problem, Suggestions, Breaking the Rules, Alternatives and Best Alternative to Negotiated Agreement. Unit Seven - Mediation The following topics are covered: What is Mediation, When is Mediation called for, Responsibilities, Preliminaries, The Introductory Phase, Problem Definitions, Respect the Parties' Ability to reach a settlement, Caucus Meetings, The Second session, Teamwork, The Agreement and Attributes of a Good Mediator. Unit Eight - Crisis Mediation The following topics are covered: Other Considerations, Power imbalance, The Power of skill and Knowledge, A Summary of Factors Influencing the Balance of Power and Analysis and Responses. Pre-Requirements: There are no particular entry requirements. Course Duration & Support: Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. Assessment: You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post. Qualification: The award is gained from successfully completed coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion of this course, students will receive a Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Award . This award has been independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and is comparable to working at GCSE

The Introduction to Counselling - Level 2 Course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of the role of a counsellor and the basic skills required to become a counsellor. No prior knowledge is required. On successful completion of the home study courses students will receive a recognised level 2 award (Comparable to working at GCSE or NVQ Level 2). Please Note: If you are looking...

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