Foundation Skills in Counselling
Level 3 Foundation Skills in Counselling
12 ONLINE interactive Saturday sessions via Zoom with Skills Practice
If you find yourself being approached by people for help; you enjoy listening to others and you would like to learn more about yourself, then this course could be ideal for you. It will enable you to begin to apply a range of counselling skills to your own work setting, and provide you with a firm foundation should you wish to progress onto further study and to develop a career in counselling
Who is offering this course?
Hope Psychological Services CIC is a community interest company (social enterprise) established in 2013. We are an organisational member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adhere strictly to their ethical framework. We strive for excellence in all we do.
Who should attend?
If you find yourself being approached by people for help; you enjoy listening to others and you would like to learn more about yourself, then this course could be ideal for you. It will enable you to begin to apply a range of counselling skills to your own work setting, and provide you with a firm foundation should you wish to progress onto further study and to develop a career in counselling. This updated presentation of the course now includes help to support remote listening (online and telephone) for isolated people.
By the end of the course, learners should be able to:
understand the difference between counselling and counselling skills
be able to distinguish between clients who are suitable for help and those who require specialist support
understand the personal qualities essential to effective counselling and the significance of core conditions within the counselling process
understand the effect of values and culture on counselling practice
know how to apply ethics in relation to counselling skills
understand underpinning theories in counselling including Egan's 3 stage model and the skills associated with each stage
through skills practice and personal reflection activities, be able to apply a range of counselling skills to own practice
know how to provide evidence of self awareness, personal development and understand personal value systems
effectively support remote/isolated individuals through effective listening and remote working techniques
Taught sessions, large and small group work, skills practice and learning journal. In addition there will be a requirement for 4 marked assignments and portfolio development. Assistance is given to those who feel they may struggle with written assignments or who have been out of education for a number of years. All sessions, inluding skills practice and small group work will be undertaken online using Zoom video conferencing. Help and support is offered to assist people to set this up and ensure it is working correctly before the course commences.
This 12 session course is accredited by Open College Network West Midlands (a national awarding organisation regulated by OfQual) and students will be rewarded with a Level 3 Unit with 6 credits on successful completion of the course (80% attendance is required). This Unit demonstrates academic credit, which proves the student has gone through a rigorous quality assurance learning programme which has been externally verified. The total GLH for the course is 42 hours.
Progression and Career Development
Many of those who have undertaken this course have progressed on to our level 4 certificate (a nationally recognised qualification) which runs for a full academic year. This gives students a broader experience in counselling skills and is preparation for undertaking either our Diploma Course (2 years) or a foundation degree.
When is the course running?
The course consits of 12 online Zoom sessions run over 8 Saturday mornings (9.00am - 12.30pm) and 2 full Saturdays (9:00am-4.30pm). The sessions including a number of break times to help with concentration for online working. Full dates are listed below.
“I couldn't recommend the Hope CIC Level 3 course in Counselling skills more highly. The rich theoretical content, combined with lots of practical application, makes the course an ideal entry point for someone new to counselling, which is enhanced by the convenience of the online format” – Glen, Birmingham
"It was truly excellent - a standard setter" - Coops
Attendance & Entry Requirements
The majority of sessions must be attended to receive accreditation and certification. Whilst every effort must be made to attend all sessions we understand illness and emergencies can happen. There is however a minimum requirement of 80% course attendance in order to achieve accreditation and certification.
Students needto be at a minimum of level 1 in their literacy skills to be able to undertake the written assignments
Its desirable that students have had some experience of working with people
Students should also have sufficient IT skills and access to a computer, good quality webcam with microphone and printer to produce assignments in Microsoft Word. Many Students find the course highly rewarding, exciting and also emotionally challenging. Applicants should therefore be in a fairly stable emotional state when applying (e.g. those with recent bereavement/loss/relationship breakdown/trauma may find they struggle with the emotional impact of the course).
Course fees for 2021 are £365 including accreditation fees. Students may take advantage of 3 interest free instalments of £91.25 plus an initial deposit of £91.25.
The course will be run by Tracy Spickernell and supported by Lucy Belton, see the profiles page for details.
Session 1&2 - Saturday All day - 24th April
Session 3 - Saturday morning - 1st May
Session 4 - Saturday morning - 8th May
Session 5 - Saturday morning - 15th May
Session 6 - Saturday morning - 22nd May
Half Term – 29th May No session
Session 7 – Saturday morning 5th June
Session 8 - Saturday morning 12th June
Session 9 - Saturday morning 19th June
Session 10 - Saturday morning 26th June
Extra week for portfolio building - no session
Session 11&12 - Saturday All day 10th July
Saturdays mornings are from 9:00am - 12:30pm and full days are 9:00am - 4.30pm
“Having wanted to start my counselling journey for a long time, I’m so glad I made the choice to do this one. Using the online system zoom was daunting at first, however we very quickly learned how easy and successful it was. I have learnt so many new skills and everyone on the course are great. The tutors are really knowledgeable, and we have learnt so much already. Very much looking forward to starting the next course after level 3. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start their journey within counselling” Jeannie Fletcher, Cumbria