Level 2 Counselling Skills  - Starts 2nd October 2017

Accredited by the Office of the Qualifications & Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) into the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The qualification number for CSK-L2 is 500/7938/4.

Course Outline

This is a robust and ethical course, led by professional psychotherapist facilitators who will encourage and support participants to examine their own historical and emotional issues. The course covers some basic concepts of counselling theory, develops practical skills, teaches the true skill of mindful listening, how to be free of pre-conceived ideas and assumptions and support people to understand themselves better.  Level 2 is intended for candidates who want to learn counselling skills to help others either in a voluntary or an employed situation. This course won’t teach them to be a counsellor but may help them decide whether or not to continue training. It is particularly well suited to those in voluntary and professional roles, such as nursing, staff development, social work, teaching, voluntary work and human resources and those who wish to embark on a career as a counsellor or psychotherapist. Successful completion of this course will qualify participants for entry onto the Level 3 Certificate of Counselling Studies. Guided learning hours 90Minimum age 21 years. A Counselling Skills Level 1 qualification is helpful but not compulsory for entrance onto this course. All applicants must fill in an application form and attend an interview with a member of the tutor team. Please click here for a printable application form or contact Banbury Therapy Centre reception on 01295 231320.

At a glance

Full Price £825
Bursary Price £515 (for those on low incomes and/or in receipt of benefits) 
Payment Plans available. Please contact reception on 01295 231320 or email info@banburytherapycentre.com.
Guided learning hours: 90
Credit value: 17
Minimum age: 21 years .  

Progression:  Successful candidates may progress onto the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. The unit credit can also be used towards other relevant qualifications on the QCF

Qualification Units

  • Use counselling skills ethically and safely 
  • Manage helping interactions
  • Communicate empathic understanding
  • Manage an active listening space
  • Use self-awareness to facilitate helping work
  • Use counselling skills coherently
  • Use study skills to help manage learning

Assessment is by candidate portfolio and an externally assessed written paper after watching a CPCAB DVD under exam conditions. For more information on the content  and expectations of this course, please go to the CPCAB website - www.cpcab.com.

Course Dates Level 2

Please note that unlike most other counselling courses, we limit our class sizes to a maximum of 12 which ensures a safe and effective learning environment.  Due to high demand this year we will run three parallel Level 2 groups as follows:

Monday morning from 9.30am - 12.30am. 

Monday afternoon from  1.30pm - 4.30pm. 

Monday evening from 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Autumn term will start week commencing 2nd October 2017 .  The academic year will be structured in 3 terms with Christmas, Easter and Half Term breaks following as much as possible the Oxfordshire school academic year.

Download Application Form

Please state on your application form which day you wish to be considered for.  Applicants will be considered on a first come first served basis.

I've learned - Kath Ellis

I've learned that I'm my own vessel

I can fill up on things that are special,

Give myself time
Work out reason and rhyme
Show myself care
Then I can “be there “

I'll take time to listen, all the time in the world 

Don't rush and push just let it unfurl
There once was a time
When I'd finish your line

But now take your time I'll just listen It's fine

If there is a problem I'll not jump in to fix 

I'll hold you safe till you sort out the mix 

Then I'll sit with a silence,
I know it works on its own

It's doing its job known or unknown

I've learned to stand still
Look inside my own head
Feel how I feel
Not be filled with dread
I’m not keeping busy I'm not on the run 

Now i will face what needs to be done.

Around this room now familiar faces
Who have sat with me in my darkest of places 

You have shared with me your fears and your pain 

I have felt so privileged again and again
So with much respect, love, and care
I’ll say thank you all for being there.