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Study at home learning to become a Counsellor.

If you want a career as a Counsellor, our tutor supported open distance learning Counselling Skills course provides the necessary knowledge, skills and qualification without disrupting your current lifestyle.

The DCA Home Learning Counselling Skills course provides training in the core skills needed to embark on a rewarding career as a Counsellor. The DCA supported self-study Counselling Skills course is specially designed, allowing you to learn the skills of Counselling through flexible and cost-effective home study at your own time and pace.

With the DCA Home Learning Counselling Skills course your Student Advisor is a Freephone call away. What's more, because the distance learning Counselling Skills course is so comprehensive, no prior knowledge or skills are required. The DCA Counselling Skills course provides an entry level diploma as proof our your competence and skills.

If you'd like to earn more money and enjoy working as a Counsellor, the DCA home study course is the ideal distance learning training course for you.

Module 1: Preparing to counsel others
• The foundations of human behaviour
• The process of socialisation
• Social issues in general
• Social issues in the workplace
• Psychological and social wellness
• Counselling tasks and competencies
• Recognising ambiguity and complexity

Module 2: An introduction to counselling
• The aims of counselling
• Counselling theory and practice
• The social meaning of counselling
• The role of Carl Rogers
• Eclecticism and integrationism
• Themes and issues in counselling
• Psychodynamic counselling
• The work of Sigmund Freud
• The cognitive-behavioural approach
• Solution-focused therapy
• The person-centred approach
• Experiential focusing

Module 3: Working with systems
• Concept of a person’s social ‘niche’
• The counsellor as consultant
• Feminism as philosophy and socialization
• Narrative approaches to counselling
• Enlisting community resources and audiences
• Multiculturalism approach to counselling
• Awareness training
• Philosophical counselling
• Post-modern therapy
• The counselling relationship
• Effective therapeutic alliances
• The process of counselling
• Making sense of process

Module 4: The politics of counselling
• Empowerment, control and difference
• Disadvantaged and marginalised groups
• Ethics and moral reasoning
• Moral principles and ethical codes
• Types of counselling organisation
• Role conflict
• Alternative modes of delivery
• Non-professional counsellors
• Counselling on the internet
• Research in counselling and in therapy
• Skills and qualities of effective counsellors
• Training and supervision in counselling
• Key issues in counselling theory and practice
"This programme offered me more knowledge on the subject matter. I now have a better understanding of the field." — Amity S
I am very proud of myself and so is my family. I cannot wait for my diploma. I am so happy that I chose to study with Darnley Career Academy. Thank you all so much for all your assistance and answering my questions. — Josephina Sharpe
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