Counselling Level 3


Develop an understanding of the principles and practice of Counselling in relation to a range of counselling situations.

No previous experience is required although if you already know the basics, this would help.



Counselling Course at Level 3

  • Course code: CNL08
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 12 Months
  • Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
  • Award achieved: Certificate of Achievement by ABC
  • Awarding body: ABC

On this Counselling course you will learn how to:

  • Describe the role of a counsellor and what counsellors do
  • List common types of counselling
  • Understand the skills and attributes required to conduct counselling
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of negotiation
  • Describe the key aspects of successful mediation
  • Understand the role of counselling in crisis mediation
  • List sources of help and advice in a range of counselling situations
  • Identify a model approach for a range of counselling scenarios and client situations
  • Develop an understanding of the ethics and confidentiality required of counsellors
Course Content

This is course is divided into 6 units, as listed below:

Unit 1: The Basics of Counselling

  • What is Counselling?
  • What is a Counsellor / Psychotherapist?
  • When is a Counsellor not ready to Counsel?
  • Who Needs Counselling?
  • Models and Approaches to Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Drama and Art Therapy
  • Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Gestalt Therapy

Unit 2: Types of Counselling

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Divorce
  • Stress
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Accompanying Treatments
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics (Major Tranquilisers)
  • Sleeping Tablets
  • Minor Tranquilisers

Unit 3: Mental Health Conditions

  • Depression
  • Major Depressive Episode
  • Manic Episode
  • Mixed Episode
  • Hypomanic Episode
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Bipolar II Disorder
  • Cyclothymic Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • What are Personality Disorders?
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Gender Identity Disorder

Unit 4: Delivering Counselling

  • Delivery of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Individual Counselling
  • Group Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Online Counselling
  • Telephone Counselling
  • SMS Text Counselling
  • Video Counselling
  • Listening Skills and Validation
  • Stages of Listening
  • Types of Validation
  • How to Help Someone in Crisis
  • Suicide
  • Self-Harm
  • Eating Distress
  • Relationship Breakdown
  • Common Problems in Counselling
  • Introduction to Supervision
  • Clients with Communication Problems
  • Observing Your Limits
  • Are You Ready for Counselling?
  • Power and Control Issues
  • Transference
  • Counter-Transference
  • Projection and Projection Identification
  • Issues of Dependency
  • Aggression
  • Safety Issues
  • Therapist’s Personal Issues Interfering
  • Managing Out of Session Contact with Clients

Unit 5: Abuse and Trauma

  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Explanation
  • Staying Safe
  • Abuse and the Law
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004
  • Rights of Victims
  • Injunctions
  • Applying for an Injunction
  • Evidence Required
  • Breaking a Court Order
  • Role of the Authorities
  • Reporting Abuse as a Counsellor / Therapist
  • The Inner Child
  • Relationships after Abuse
  • Why Do People Abuse?
  • Trauma Work
  • Stigmatisation
  • Betrayal
  • Powerlessness
  • Traumatic Sexualisation

Unit 6: Therapy Strategies and Professional Practice

  • Useful Strategies
  • Therapist’s Toolbox
  • Therapeutic Tools and Interventions
  • The And And Approach
  • Halting Protocol
  • Pro and Con List
  • Writing Letters
  • Feeling Safe
  • Transactional Object
  • Breathing Exercises
  • Mindfulness
  • Reduction and Ultimately Replacement
  • Third Person (Client) Approach
  • Validation
  • Use of Metaphors
  • Splitting
  • Projective Identification
  • Life Goals and Target Behaviours
  • Stabilisation
  • Setting Homework
  • Keeping a Diary
  • Boundaries in Therapy
  • Grounding
  • Self-Help
  • Endings
  • Being a Therapist
  • Confidentiality
  • Benefits and Issues of Registration and Accreditation
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Setting Up Your Own Practice
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Working Ethically
Qualification Information

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd on behalf of UK Distance Learning & Publishing 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 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing. to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A 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[1]. 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 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 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.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales 

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment
Course Length Information
Tutor Support

Additional information

Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss