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Specialist Counsellor Course

Specialist Counsellor

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a Specialist Counsellor
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Specialist Counsellor
  • Be awarded the Level 4 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There are also an optional 2 days of practical training available with this course.

From fundamental counselling techniques to advanced skills and specialist theories, this course will give you a strong background and equip you with the necessary knowledge to counsel a wide group of clients. Gain an understanding of the skills of counselling, the vocabulary used within the profession, effective communication skills, how to untangle a problem, practising empathy, changing behaviour and using motivational skills. Become equipped with skills to deal with bereavement and depression respectively. Learn how to counsel the grieving, you will also learn about depression and its effects. You will study the joint issues of anger and aggression, addressing some of the myths as well as learning why we get angry and how best to deal with it. Explore family therapy and learn what constitutes a dysfunctional family, to identify and diagnose and how best to treat it.



  • Lesson One
    • Analysing the Counselling Process
      • The Vocabulary of Counselling
      • Listening Skills in Counselling
  • Lesson Two
    • Understanding the Purpose and Importance of Effective Communication
      • Untangling a Problem
      • Communicating Feelings, Experiences and Behaviour
      • Identifying the Core Message
      • Body Language
  • Lesson Three
    • Developing the Counselling Relationship
      • The Best Counsellors
  • Lesson Four
    • Exploring the Processes Involved in Effecting Behavioural Changes
      • Stages of Change
      • Motivational Interviewing
  • Lesson Five
    • Developing Motivational Skills/ Recognising Blocks to Communication
      • The General Approach
      • Eliciting Phase Skills
      • Self-motivating Statements
      • Exploring Concerns and Helping with Decision Making
  • Lesson Six
    • Understanding Dysfunctional Families
      • Early Studies
      • The Seven Stages
      • Introducing the ‘Rules’
      • The Dysfunctional Family as a System
  • Lesson Seven
    • Replacing the Rules of Dysfunction with Patterns for Recovery
      • Rigidity
      • Silence
      • Denial
      • Isolation
      • Recovery
      • Elements of Change
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Therapeutic Process Leading to a Healthy Family Unit
      • First Contact
      • Adolescents
      • Presence of Children
      • Joining
      • Seating as Diagnosis
      • Joint Diagnostic Interview
      • Family Intervention
      • Promoting Individuality
  • Lesson Nine
    • Dealing with Feelings within the Family Unit and Initiating Positive Behavioural
      • Action
      • The Programme
  • Lesson Ten
    • Supporting the Family in the Healing Process
      • Empathy
      • Dialogue
      • Behavioural Change
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Examining Attitudes towards Death
      • Grief
      • Phases of Grief
      • Letting Go
      • Conflict
      • Grief-work
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Exploring Grief and Letting Go
      • Guilt
      • Anger
      • Grief:  The Physical Effects
      • Stigma and Deprivation
      • Letting Go!
  • Lesson Thirteen
    • Working with Children in Bereavement
      • Blame
      • Fantasy and Reality
      • Straight-Talking
      • Sensitive Handling
      • Stages of Loss
  • Lesson Fourteen
    • Assisting Clients in Adjusting to Violent Death/ Rights of the Bereaved
      • Suicide
      • Intense Feelings
      • Reasonable Expectations
      • Bereavement Reactions
      • Denial
  • Lesson Fifteen
    • Dealing with Clients Suffering from Stress, Anxiety and Depression
      • Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
      • Issues of Depression
      • Turning Negative into Positive
  • Lesson Sixteen
    • Understanding Neuroses and Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Phobias
      • Neurotic Depression
      • Affective Disorders
      • Circular Manic-Depressive Psychosis
  • Lesson Seventeen
    • Methods of Therapy for Depression
      • Psychological Treatments – Psychotherapy
      • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
      • Physical Treatment
  • Lesson Eighteen
    • Developing Management and Coping Skills for Depression
      • Identifying the Problem
      • Offering Support
      • The Professional Approach
  • Lesson Nineteen
    • Understanding the Causes and Effects of Anger and Aggression
      • Introduction
      • Myths
      • Development of Aggressive Behavioural Patterns
  • Lesson Twenty
    • Exploring Anger
      • Expressing Anger
      • Why do we Get Angry?
  • Lesson Twenty-One
    • Examining the Links between Anger and Depression
      • The Theorists
  • Lesson Twenty-Two
    • Dealing with Feelings and Practising Assertion
      • Assertion

Optional 2 days of Practical Training are available for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £75 £55, followed by 18 monthly instalments of £40
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £795 £775 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration through BSY is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies.

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