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Counselling and Psychotherapy Level 4

Counselling Courses - Level 4

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About this course
  • Course Length - 12 Months
  • Award Received - Level 4 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Course Code: CNL02
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About this course

This advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy distance learning course is designed for those with a keen interest in this demanding subject. Through the course you will learn about the key aspects of providing a responsible and informed service to those with a range of  mental health issues.

Course Description

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and examine the theories and strategies to enable you to prepare for the practical aspects of being a counsellor, should you wish to do so. The course also deals with the practical aspects of being a counsellor to ensure you are operating within professional guidelines and with due regard for your own safety. 

Course Content

The basics of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • What is counselling and psychotherapy?
  • When is a counsellor not ready to counsel?
  • Who needs counselling?

Models and approaches of therapy

  • CBT
  • Hypnotherapy
  • DBT
  • Drama and art therapy
  • Psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • CAT
  • Person-centred
  • Solution focused therapy
  • EMDR
  • Gestalt therapy

Types of counselling

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Stress
  • Sexual orientation
  • PMS

Accompanying treatments

  • Antidepressants
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Minor tranquilizers

Mental Health conditions

  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Gender identity disorder

Delivery of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Online counselling
  • Telephone counselling
  • SMS text counselling
  • Video Counselling

Listening skills and Validation

  • Stages of listening
  • Types of validation

How to help someone in a crisis

  • Suicide
  • Self harm
  • Eating distress
  • Relationship breakdown

Common problems in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Supervision
  • Communication problems
  • Power and control issues
  • Aggression
  • Safety issues

Abuse and Trauma

  • Staying safe
  • The Law
  • Sexual offences Act
  • Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill 2003
  • Rights of victims
  • Injunctions
  • Evidence
  • Court order
  • Reporting abuse
  • Inner child
  • After abuse
  • Trauma work

Useful strategies

  • Toolbox
  • Halting protocol
  • Writing letters
  • Feeling safe
  • Transactional object
  • Breathing exercises
  • Mindfulness
  • Splitting
  • Projective identification
  • Stabilisation
  • Homework
  • Diary
  • Boundaries

Being a Therapist

  • Confidentiality
  • Registration and Accreditation
  • Insurance
  • Professional development
  • Working ethically
Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 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 UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC 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 is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual 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.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales

Method Of Study
  • The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
  •  You will get full tutor support via email
  •  You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors    
  •  You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
  • Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
  • You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor
Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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