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CBT and Counselling Level 3

Course Code: OSC1070
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Develop your skills and knowledge in our CBT and Counselling Level 3 course, from home!

Would you like to boost your career opportunities as a Counsellor or a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist? Why not consider doing both?

Most counsellors have an area of specialism, and since CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), it has become a desirable specialism for counsellors to add to their skills.

This combined course will teach key counselling skills and approaches, as well offering you the advantage of develop your additional knowledge of CBT theory and techniques.

  • Discover the different approaches to counselling, such as humanistic, behavioural and psychodynamic
  • Develop your knowledge of cognitive behavioural principles in addition to core CBT skills
  • Learn how to maintain and be in control of a professional counsellor relationshi
  • Increase your knowledge of specific psychological disorders and the underpinning theories of counselling and CBT

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Your experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple. Home learning is easy and stress-free. So enrol with us today and join the 60,000 students who have improved their career prospects.

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  •  CBT Level 3:


    Unit 1: Development of CBT
    • Background
    • Social-cognitive perspectives on behaviour
    • Overview of behavioural methods
    • The ABC Model
    • Defining irrational beliefs
    • The triadic structure of CBT
    • Techniques
    Unit 2: CBT Principles
    • The therapeutic relationship
    • Practical skills
    • Awareness, knowledge and understanding
    • Conversational skills
    • Positive experience
    • How is therapy delivered?
    • CBT Assessment
    • Self-concepts
    • Reflective practice
    • Transference
    Unit 3: CBT Therapeutic Skills
    • Forms of assessment
    • Case formulation
    • Further cognitive strategies
    • Problem-solving skills
    • Behavioural tasks
    • Organising sessions and programmes
    • Reading behaviour
    • Behaviour and beliefs
    • Ending the CBT programme
    Unit 4: Depression
    • The central nervous system (CNS)
    • How do drugs work on the CNS?
    • Depression
    • CBT and Depression
    Unit 5: CBT and Psychological Problems
    • Anxiety
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Panic Disorder
    • Phobias
    Unit 6: CBT and Personality Disorders
    • Classifications of psychological disorders
    • DSM-IV-TR and ICD-10
    • More on personality disorders
    • Causes and effects of personality disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Acute psychotic episodes
    • Schizophrenia
    • Reviewing the CBT ethos
  •  Counselling Level 3:


    Unit 1: Key Aspects of Counselling
    • Introduction
    • Who becomes a counsellor?
    • Counselling theory and skills
    • Problems with directed advice
    • Why do people seek counselling?
    • Counselling types and settings
    • Training and knowledge development
    Unit 2: Counselling Skills and Approaches
    • Structure of counselling
    • The main theoretical approaches
    • Counselling skills and core competencies
    • Ending the counselling relationship
    Unit 3: The Counselling Relationship
    • Confidentiality
    • The counselling relationship
    • Transference
    • The counselling contract
    • Referral
    • Dealing with clients in crisis
    • Supervision
    Unit 4: Psychodynamic Counselling
    • How theory evolved
    • Adler
    • Jung
    • Object relations and ego psychology
    • Bringing it all together
    Unit 5: Humanistic Counselling
    • Introduction
    • Rogers and the person-centred approach
    • Maslow
    • The existential approach
    Unit 6: Behavioural approaches
    • Theoretical perspectives
    • Skinner
    • Behaviour and learning
    • The ABC model
    • Defining irrational beliefs
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
    • The triadic structure of CBT
    • CBT Assessment
    • Awareness, knowledge and understanding
    • Practical skills

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor. There is no external examination required.

    Course Duration

    Once enrolled, you will have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course), which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. This bundle will take you approximately 160 hours. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

  • Study Method

    The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by postal delivery, plus tutor support by email.

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive two Certificates of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course). This bundle is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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