Counselling is a growing career choice in the UK, with many colleges choosing to deliver ABC Awards qualifications which have been running for over 20 years. They are highly respected in the industry, with regulated qualifications in Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Kirklees College, a further education college in West Yorkshire, delivers three of our counselling courses. We spoke with two students, Amanda Carberry-Tully and Nazia Shakoor, who are studying ABC Awards’ Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
This particular qualification has been developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor.
When asked why they chose this course, Amanda said:
“I studied psychology at degree level and have always been interested in helping people. I work as a support worker now and have found that small amounts of counseling are involved in this. It seems that all my paths have led to counselling. I believe it’s what I’m supposed to do, my destiny.”
On this course, students complete the qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of topics such as, ethical frameworks, the impact of diverse culture, self-awareness and the importance of research. An important aspect of this course is the completion of a 100-hour supervised counselling placement, exposing students to actual counselling practice with actual clients in approved counselling placement organisations.