CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills    (CSK-L2)

Welcome to the world of counselling training. This qualification is the first level required in the progression route to becoming a skilled, ethical practitioner. This initial course is usually 18 weeks long at Chapters and is run one evening a week (usually from September to February).

The course will introduce you to some of the basic concepts and skills of counselling.  You will enjoy a mix of learning some theory (although not too much to be fair!), developing your awareness of yourself and others and engaging in activities and skills practise designed to enhance your communication skills.

The course is a great qualification for those who are venturing back to education and could be the beginning of a whole new Chapter. This course is also a brilliant add-on qualification for other professionals such as teachers, TA's, doctors, nurses, Mental Heath workers, support workers or uniformed service workers. One of the things we love about this course is that if you have the passion to learn and help people then we can help you to get through the course, it's not just for people who are already in this kind of work. 

At Chapters we really believe that learning should be fun and creative as well as challenging and just a little bit demanding!! We strive to offer you all of the above wrapped up in these 18 weeks. In return we ask for your commitment to attend a minimum of 80% of the course, to pay your course fees as agreed and turn up with a smile and the odd packet of biscuits to share!

This qualification does not give you the skills or knowledge to be a counsellor, It is the first step in the journey. You would also need to successfully complete the Level 3 & 4 in order to be qualified as a counsellor able to practise.

Please note that you must be 18 years or over to study for this qualification

Learning aims of this programme:

  1. Use counselling skills ethically and safely

  2. Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role

  3. Work empathically as a helper

  4. Focus on the helpee's needs and concerns

  5. Use self awareness in helping work

  6. Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the counselling interaction

  7. Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

Course start date and times:

Tuesday 13th September 2022 - 7th February 2023

5-9.30 pm plus one Saturday (date will be negotiated with the group)

Cost - £695

(price frozen from previous years)

There are both internal and external assessments for this programme. We will help you to build a portfolio of evidence as the course progresses that includes all of your written work, learning reviews (weekly journals), activity sheets and so on. That work will be internally assessed by your tutor and moderated by a second tutor or the course lead. Towards the end of the programme you will also sit an externally assessed written paper that is the second part of the assessment process. You must successfully pass both parts in order to achieve the qualification. Don't worry though, exams can be scary and anxiety fuelling...but we've got you. We prepare you well and our track record is excellent. We make sure that you know everything that you need to know ready for exam time.

For those who wish to continue their training, we offer the Level 3 following on from the Level 2 so we're in the flow (so to speak). We will give you information about the upcoming programme as the time approaches on your course. If you have any questions though, please ask. We always aim to offer a seamless progression route if we can, however moving on to the next course is not automatic. It's important that counselling is right for you and that you are right for counselling. We may ask you to do further study, have some personal therapy or take time out before accepting you onto the next level of training. This is always done with care and respect but ultimately to look after you and others. 

CSK-L2 is accredited by the office of Qualifications & Examinations Regulator (OFQUAL)  into the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

Qualification Number: 500/7938/4