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Advanced Counselling at QLS Level 4

Advanced Counselling at QLS Level 4
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This course is available in Paper format and Online.


Advanced Counselling provides an in-depth look into the different models and types of therapy, and the skills you will need in order to help you work with clients effectively. The course explores development and attachment theories, communication skills (such as empathy, clarification and challenge, goal setting, and listening) as well as values and anti-oppressive practice. This home learning course also addresses the current issues surrounding regulation of the profession and how this will affect trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as information regarding setting up your own practice.


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Advanced Counselling at QLS Level 4

Course code: CNL03

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 4

This distance course is designed to do two things. Firstly, to introduce you to a range of conditions, problems, and issues that counsellors will have to work with. These include things like addiction, mental illness, and personal crises. In addition, it will also provide you with some of the tools, techniques, and theoretical knowledge that you can use to help people deal with these problems.

Secondly, the course will take you through the practical considerations and steps that you will need to take in order to become a counsellor: setting up in private practice, gaining the appropriate insurance, getting registered, and other things connected with the actual experience of being a counsellor. This course is a first step on the path to becoming a counsellor, not the last.


Unit 1: Models of Therapy

  • Analytic Psychology – Carl Jung
  • Dreams
  • The Psyche
  • Dynamics
  • Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • The Oedipal Crisis
  • Freud’s Theories
  • Therapeutic Method
  • Behaviourism
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Carl Rogers
  • Erikson
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approachs

Unit2: Types of Therapy

  • Gestalt
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • What Techniques Do DBT Therapists Employ?

Unit 3: Working as a Counsellor

  • Work Settings
  • Regulation
  • Communication
  • Common Problems
  • Barriers to Communication
  • Effective Communication
  • Communicating with Children
  • Goal Setting

Unit 4: Power, Listening and Progress

  • Being Assertive
  • Good Practice
  • Empathy
  • Oppression
  • Power
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Reflection

Unit 5: Professional Practice

  • Ethics and Dilemmas
  • Good Practice
  • Benefits and Issues of Registration and Accreditation
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Setting Up a Private Practice
  • Professional Witness / Expert in Court
  • Accountability

Unit 6: Crisis work, Disorders and Ilness

  • DSM
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Working with Specific Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stuttering
  • Cancer
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Schizophrenia

Unit 7: Useful Strategies: Therapist’s Toolbox

  • Tools and Interventions

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme 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 Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd 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 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 Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

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.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

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 and guide you through the course and will 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.