The course facilitates learners to achieve the seven following units. These are based on the processes in the CPCAB model:
•Work ethically and safely as an agency counsellor
•Work within a counselling relationship
•Work with client diversity
•Work within a user centred agency approach
•Work with self awareness in the counselling process
•Work within a framework of counselling theory, skills and techniques
•Work self reflectively.
Each unit has a learning outcome and assessment criteria which need to be met in order for candidates to successfully complete the course.
Over the two years, the weekly sessions will cover professional and ethical awareness and application to clinical practice, further development of clinical skills, deeper exploration of the course’s core theoretical counselling model, development of personal awareness, application to client work and acknowledgement of when personal theory needs to take place, participation in a group of a part supervision and PPD.
As regards work which students are expected to produce, there is a requirement of a weekly journal, at least 2 Self-Reviews, 2 Case Study presentations and written evaluations, at least 2 written assignments per year, production of an audio tape and a DVD with written evaluations and the completion of a 2 part External Assessment.
In addition to class attendance, there will be a formal requirement for the following:
•Gaining a placement on which a minimum of 100 hours of formally contracted counselling within an agency setting, to be arranged by students in conjunction with the course leader.
•Clinical supervision of placement, which is to be arranged and fees paid for by the student Counsellor.
•There is a formal requirement for student Counsellors to be responsible for engaging in and arranging a minim ...