1Course Overview

Counselling Studies Level 4

Course code: OSC1131

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Gain a detailed insight into counselling with this 4 course bundle, from home!

This bundle is perfect for those who wish to develop a sound knowledge base about counselling theory and practice. 

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in counselling, this bundle is ideal for:

  • Students who are working in a counselling role and want to boost their knowledge and skills
  • Those who want to kick-start their career in counselling

This bundle enables you to:

  • Understand how to provide counselling for children and adolescents
  • Explore the aims of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Gain an insight into drug, solvent and alcohol abuse counselling
  • Identify the models and approaches in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Study from home, at your own pace

This bundle is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), at the end of this course students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. 

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2Course Content

Advanced Counsellor and Psychotherapist Level 4:

 

Unit 1: Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Development of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Similarities and differences between counselling and psychotherapy
  • Counselling and psychotherapy in context
Unit 2: Core values and skills in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Building the client-therapist relationship
  • Competency skills
  • Communication
  • Applications of skills
  • Transference and counter transference
  • Monitoring generic skills
Unit 3: Models and approaches in counselling and psychotherapy
  • The psychodynamic approach
  • Humanist/person-centred approach
  • Personal awareness
  • Experiential focusing
  • Behavioural and cognitive approaches
  • Using behavioural methods
  • The systems model
  • The psychosocial/life stage model
Unit 4: Counselling specialities
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Assessments strategies and skills in CBT
  • Relationship counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Addiction counselling
Unit 5: Psychotherapy specialities
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis (TA)
  • Gestalt therapy
Unit 6: Practitioner strategies
  • Business issues
  • The therapy contract
  • The psychotherapists responsibilities
  • Health, safety and regulations
  • Client assessment

 

Counselling Children and Adolescents

Level 4:

 

Unit 1: History of Counselling
  • History of counselling
  • Theories and theorists
  • Jung
  • Rogers
  • Skinner
  • Ellis
  • Maslow
Unit 2: Childhood and Children
  • Defining childhood
  • Historical perspective of childhood
  • Child development related to counselling
  • Language
  • Cognitive structure and input
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Socialisation
  • Attachment
  • Bowlby's theory
Unit 3: The Cognitive Approach
  • Approaches within cognitive behavioural therapy
  • The ABC Model
  • The triadic structure of CBT
  • The Socratic method
  • Counselling techniques
  • Further cognitive strategies
  • Organising sessions and programmes
  • Reading emotional feelings in behaviour
  • Behaviour and beliefs
Unit 4: The Person-Centred Approach
  • Background
  • The inner self
  • PCT process
  • PCT application
  • PCT and transference
Unit 5: The Therapeutic Relationship and Ethics
  • The child-counsellor relationship
  • Ethics for counselling
  • BACP ethical framework
  • CPCAB model of service levels
  • Legislation and consent
Unit 6: The Therapeutic Environment
  • The play therapy room
  • Selecting media
  • Imagination
  • Setting up a practice

CBT Level 4:

 

Unit 1: Review of CBT Skills and Theory
  • Aims of CBT
  • Basic cognitive principles
  • The triadic structure of CBT
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • CBT Delivery
  • CBT Assessment
  • Core skills
Unit 2: Case Conceptualisation and Measurement
  • Describing problems
  • Past history
  • Formulation
  • Measurement
  • The Socratic Method
  • The client as therapist
  • Models of memory
Unit 3: Physical Techniques and Behavioural Experiments
  • Behaviour experiments
  • Discussion about methods
  • Planned BEs
  • Physical Techniques
Unit 4: Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Models and Protocols
  • Depression
  • Therapeutic considerations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
Unit 5: Wider Developments in CBT Practice
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships
  • Substance misuse
  • Common core themes
  • Alternative methods of delivery
  • Group CBT
  • Schemata
  • Compassion-based CBT
  • Mindfulness-based CBT
  • Group work
Unit 6: Evaluating CBT Practice
  • Why evaluate CBT?
  • Using statistics
  • Questionnaires
  • Evaluation of services
  • Supervision

 

Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4:

 

Unit 1: The counselling relationship and basis for addictive behaviour
  • Exploring substance misuse
  • Review of counselling skills and theory
  • Psychodynamic approach
  • Behavioural and cognitive approach
  • Humanist approach
  • What is dependence?
  • Theory specific to substance dependence
  • The counselling relationship: ethical considerations
Unit 2: Substance abuse
  • Classification and effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Some background physiology
  • Working with substance misusers
  • Assessment and approach
  • Basic assessment criteria
  • Initial session suggestions
Unit 3: Alcohol abuse
  • Introduction and discussion
  • Models and approaches
  • Pathological components of alcohol misuse
  • Working with people who have alcohol related problems
  • The twelve step approach
  • Specific issues
  • Counselling tools
  • Challenges
  • Alcoholism
Unit 4: The cognitive approach
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Pavlov and Skinner
  • Behaviour and learning review
  • Case formulation
  • Analogies
  • Modelling
  • Role reversal
  • Imagery
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Behavioural tasks
  • Ending the CBT programme
Unit 5: The psychodynamic approach
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Karl Jung
  • Object relations and ego psychology
  • The psychodynamic model in substance and abuse counselling contexts
  • Brief psychodynamic therapy
Unit 6: The person-centred approach
  • Rogers and the person-centred approach
  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • The existentialist approach
  • Case studies
  • Discussion about the person-centred approach
3Other Information
Assessment

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

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you will have three years to complete this bundle, which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 3 years tutor support, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. This bundle will take you approximately 600 learning hours. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive four Certificates of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

This course bundle is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), at the end of this course students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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

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

You may start at any time and have three years to complete this bundle. It 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 CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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