Certificate in Counselling Skills


This counselling course (UK) will cover key elements of psychodynamic, person-centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The course will also increase your knowledge of diversity and ethics and how to identify an ethical framework.

Learners will gain the ability to work autonomously and complete further reading and research tasks by completing this counselling course. UK counselling career pathways can be successfully started by completing this qualification.

Please note:

  • If you choose to study the fully paper-based course, you will need to have an appropriate witness available to complete a witness statement for you as part of the Unit 1 assessment
  • If you choose to study the paper-based course with online assessments, you will need to either film yourself demonstrating particular skills, or have an appropriate witness available to complete a witness statement for you as part of the Unit 1 assessment.


Course Content


Unit 1: Using counselling skills

In this unit, your learners will identify core counselling skills and understand how these are practised in a counselling relationship. Learners will gain an understanding of how to establish a helping relationship and will consider the boundaries which need to be taken into account.

Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories

This unit introduces your learners to the key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling, including psychodynamic, person-centred and CBT. Learners will discover the key differences between these theories and gain an understanding of the significance of counselling theory.


Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

This unit covers the concepts of diversity and ethics. Your learners will gain an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, discover the key aspects of an ethical framework and discover varied ways to address diversity in counselling skills practice.


Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development

This unit allows your learners to develop self-understanding – identifying their own values and beliefs and reflecting on their personal qualities and skills. Your learners will also identify where they would like to develop in the future and potential sources of support. 



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