CPCAB Counselling Level 2 courseWatch
I am considering applying to do the CPCAB Counselling Level 2 course. I finished my education at school and became a photographer (I do have the required English grade though!) I always hated reading aloud and doing any presentations in school to a point of being almost phobic. I have been to two counsellors and both have told me to train as a counsellor. I think I am good one to one but I dread presentations, speaking out loud and fear feeling stupid. Strangely I am not so worried about working in groups of 3 as I have had counselling and feel more comfortable with that. Any advice would be most welcome.
Depending on your teacher you wont be doing presentations until level 3, and then it's a group thing, very informal, nothing OTT, and you all contribute to it. You wont need to do any public speaking other then that. I didn't do any presentations until level 3.
In level 2 it's more about learning the skills of counselling, rather then theory, you do a little bit and as such there is a lot of written work - thus the need for a reasonable level of English. My college wanted a life skills level 2 to get into the class. There is no reading out loud. If you do decide to do the course I do recommend you get a book called Counselling Skills and Studies by ****s, Kop and Postings (ISBN 978-1-4462-9402-4, the purple edition (current, I have the previous green one)) as it will help you no end with assignments etc.
The triads, or groups of 3 are just role plays - one is the mock client, the other the mock counsellor/helpee and the last the observer of the mock counsellor. You all take turns at each role, which is vitally important as you will learn so much from each. It's only those taking part in the class who do the triads, with no one brought in to play the roles.
I would highly recommend the level 2, as even if you don't go on to train further it can be very helpful in other professions, and in life in general.
I did my level 2 qualification online, then did my level 3 at a local college. Doing an online level 2 course could be beneficial as they are generally cheaper, but still offer that introductory look at counselling as a profession. You don't get the practical skills, but level 3 will give you that, if you intend to continue with this route.
However, if you want to tackle your fear of public speaking, doing a classroom based course could give you the chance to begin to overcome this fear.