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The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (600/0728/X) and NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (600/0727/8) courses from CCPT give you in-depth training to go on to study a Level 4 counselling qualification. Once you have successfully completed a Level 4 counselling course, you can become a fully qualified professional counsellor.
Your new skills will be highly sought-after and will complement your work in many fields including:
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Police
  • Prison service
  • Working with children
  • Complementary therapy
  • Humanitarian work
  • Human Resources in businesses
  • Teaching in schools or nurseries
  • Care work (e.g. Care Assistant, Support Worker, or Key Worker)
  • Team Leader or Manager in an organisation
  • Any role where you regularly communicate with other people
Becoming a counsellor
A worthwhile career as a counsellor
  • “Nearly 3 million people in Britain are in ‘distressed’ relationships where they regularly argue or consider divorce.”1
  • 526,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety annually2.
  • The number of children having therapy for anxiety has risen by 60% in two years3.
  • 12.5 million working days are lost annually due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety2.
  • 92% of young people will experience what they see as a significant bereavement before the age of 164.
Helping people through difficult times can lead to life-changing results for clients, and be incredibly rewarding as a counsellor.
Typical responsibilities of a qualified counsellor
As a counsellor, the clients you help can include individuals, couples, families or groups. You could meet people face-to-face, via the phone or the internet. You will:
  • build trust with your clients
  • encourage clients to talk about issues that they may not be able to discuss with others
  • actively listen to clients’ concerns or experiences, and empathise
  • challenge clients comments when it is appropriate
  • help clients see things clearly or differently
  • keep confidential records
Working environment of a qualified counsellor
  • As a qualified counsellor you can join an organisation and/or start your own practice.
  • Private counselling practitioners are in high demand. Working in private practice allows you to control your own workload5.
  • Counsellors typically work from their consulting room – which could be in a clinic or another location, or their own home.
  • Counsellors may also combine volunteer work, private work and part-time work.
  • In many full-time counsellor positions, you would expect to work standard office hours, Monday to Friday, seeing clients for around 20 hours per week.
How much does a counsellor earn?6
  • Starting salary: £19,000 to £28,000
  • Experienced: £33,000
  • Highly experienced: £47,000
Counsellors in private practice may typically charge £30 to £60 per hour.
Skills
As a qualified counsellor you will7:
  • Be able to work with different kinds of people
  • Have excellent listening and communication skills
  • Be sensitive to people’s circumstances
  • Be able to work in strict confidentiality
  • Believe that everyone can make positive changes
Career opportunities
There is strong demand for qualified counsellors:
  • Over 50% of people waiting for counselling and psychotherapy on the NHS are waiting more than 3 months to receive treatment, whilst 1 in 10 patients wait for more than a year just to be assessed for treatment8.
  • Just a third of primary schools have an on-site counsellor, with over half of schools blaming a shortage of services or qualified professionals who can help9.
  • The number of students seeking counselling at university has rocketed by 50% in the last five years10.
  • 63% of people knew someone who could benefit from counselling8.
1 Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/one-in-five-couples-in-distressed-relationships-report-finds-a7047521.html
2 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/. (Figures relate to 2016/2017.)
3 Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/08/number-children-having-anxiety-counselling-rises-60-per-cent2/
4 Source: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/impact-bereavement-and-loss-young-people
5 Sources: http://www.thecounsellorsguide.co.uk/working-from-private-practice.html
6 Source: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/counsellor (Earning potential is a guide.)
7 Sources: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counsellor and https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/counsellor
8 Source: https://www.mind.org.uk/media/494424/we-still-need-to-talk_report.pdf
9 Source:https://www.place2be.org.uk/media/10046/Childrens_Mental_Health_Week_2016_report.pdf
10 Source:https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/23/university-mental-health-services-face-strain-as-demand-rises-50
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