Advanced Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 4

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Level 4

ABC Awards

180 Hours

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

Counselling is a type of talking therapy, allowing a person to talk about their problems and feelings in an environment that is both confidential and dependable. Counsellors are trained to listen empathetically helping you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.

Psychotherapy allows you to look deeper into your problems and concerns, dealing with troublesome habits and a wide range of mental disorders.

Studying Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Level 4, you will develop your communication and interpersonal skills. You will learn how to examine a range of situations; examining the factors that lead to issues, becoming familiar with the models, types of therapy and related theory’s. You will also explore regulations of the profession and how trainees and qualified counsellors will be affected.


You must successfully complete a series of assessments. Once all assessments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate. The good news is, there is no final exam.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.


You will receive the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch together with dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

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Module 1: Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy
Theoretical perspectives
Development of counselling and psychotherapy
Similarities and differences between counselling and psychotherapy
Counselling and psychotherapy in context

Module 2: Core values and skills in counselling and psychotherapy
Building the client-therapist relationship
Competency skills
Applications of skills
Transference and counter transference
Monitoring generic skills

Module 3: Models and approaches in counselling and psychotherapy
The psychodynamic approach
Humanist/person-centred approach
Personal awareness
Experiential focusing
Behavioural and cognitive approaches
Using behavioural methods
The systems model
The psychosocial/life stage model

Module 4: Counselling specialities
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Assessments strategies and skills in CBT
Relationship counselling
Family counselling
Bereavement counselling
Addiction counselling

Module 5: Psychotherapy specialities
Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
Brief therapy
Transactional analysis (TA)
Gestalt therapy

Module 6: Practitioner strategies
Business issues
The therapy contract
The psychotherapist’s responsibilities
Health, safety and regulations
Client assessment

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.


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