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.

  • 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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

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 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.

Course Duration

Up to 3 years.

Study Hours

Approximately 560 hours.

Course Outcome

Advanced Counsellor and Psychotherapist Level 4, Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy L4 and Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course

Assessment

Tutor-marked assignments.

Course Content

Advanced Counsellor and Psychotherapist Level 4

  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Development of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Similarities and differences between counselling and psychotherapy
  • Counselling and psychotherapy in context
  • Building the client-therapist relationship
  • Competency skills
  • Communication
  • Applications of skills
  • Transference and counter transference
  • Monitoring generic skills
  • 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
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Assessments Strategies and Skills in CBT
  • Relationship counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Bereavement counselling
  • Addiction counselling
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis (TA)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Business issues
  • The therapy contract
  • The psychotherapists responsibilities
  • Health, safety and regulations
  • Client assessment

Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4

  • History of counselling
  • Theories and theorists
  • Jung
  • Rogers
  • Skinner
  • Ellis
  • Maslow
  • Defining childhood
  • Historical perspective of childhood
  • Child development related to counselling
  • Language
  • Cognitive structure and input
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Socialisation
  • Attachment
  • Bowlby's theory
  • 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
  • Background
  • The inner self
  • PCT process
  • PCT application
  • PCT and transference
  • The child-counsellor relationship
  • Ethics for counselling
  • BACP ethical framework
  • CPCAB model of service levels
  • Legislation and consent
  • The play therapy room
  • Selecting media
  • Imagination
  • Setting up a practice

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT Level 4

  • Aims of CBT
  • Basic cognitive principles
  • The triadic structure of CBT
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • CBT Delivery
  • CBT Assessment
  • Core skills
  • Describing problems
  • Past history
  • Formulation
  • Measurement
  • The Socratic Method
  • The client as therapist
  • Models of memory
  • Behaviour experiments
  • Discussion about methods
  • Planned behavioural experiments
  • Physical Techniques
  • Depression
  • Therapeutic considerations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • 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
  • Why evaluate CBT?
  • Using statistics
  • Questionnaires
  • Evaluation of services
  • Supervision

Drugs Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4

  • 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
  • Classification and effects of psychoactive drugs
  • Some background physiology
  • Working with substance misusers
  • Assessment and approach
  • Basic assessment criteria
  • Initial session suggestions
  • 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
  • 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
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Karl Jung
  • Object relations and ego psychology
  • The psychodynamic model in substance and abuse counselling contexts
  • Brief psychodynamic therapy
  • Rogers and the person-centred approach
  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • The existentialist approach
  • Case studies
  • Discussion about the person-centred approach
Extra Info

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 560 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).
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.

Awarding Body

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. We will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the ABC Awards and Certa Awards website.
This course has been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of knowledge and understanding that you would expect at this level.

Q&As

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

You may start at any time and have three years to complete this bundle. It is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

Dedicated personal tutor support
Dedicated student support
Assignment marking and feedback
FREE CV writing service
FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
FREE XO Student Discounts card
* Comprehensive study guide
* Exclusive Open Study College Pen
* Student study planner
* Student notebook
* Document wallet

Not included with the online study option

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

No, everything you need is included in the price!

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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