CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
The course is certificated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy
Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) in line with the Qualifications and
The course runs for a full academic year, one 3 hour session per
week. Class time is made up of small and large group discussions,
skills practice and tutor input.
Weekly sessions in class will cover the further development of
counselling skills; some theory (Carl Rogers and Gerard Egan)
practical skills development in role play.
The course will concentrate on developing students’ counselling
skills and will follow seven units of study which are based on the
process in the CPCAB model:
- Use counselling skills ethically and safely
- Manage helping interaction
- Communicate empathetic understanding
- Manage an active listening space
- Use self-awareness to facilitate helping work
- Use counselling skills in a consistent and logical way
- Use study skills to help manage learning
Each unit has a learning outcome and assessment criteria which
needs to be met in order for candidates to successfully complete
To evidence learning and the criteria, students are required to
produce a weekly journal; at least one self-review; an audio tape
of skills practice plus a written evaluation; a 10 minute
presentation to the class following a visit to a counselling
service or agency and a written evaluation; feedback on skills
practice sessions and to complete an External Assessment set by the
To pass the course both portfolio work and the external
Assessment need to be marked as ‘proficient’
Students will need the CPCAB Level 2 Introduction to Counselling
Skills, or equivalent. Students need to be aware of the written
assessment element of the course and be at least 18 years of
Course Progression Routes
Students may progress on to CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in
Counselling Studies if completion of this course is successful.
Course Career Prospects
The course provides many students with the necessary counselling
skills to enhance their current posts. It is also part of the
progression towards qualification as a professional counsellor.
If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.
How to Apply
To apply for this course, click here to
download an application form. Completed forms should be
returned to Centralised Admissions, Learner Services,
Doncaster College, FREEPOST RRBE CXT2 ZTGA, The Hub, Chappell
Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF.
After returning the form, you will be asked to attend an
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