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Alif Institute Islamic Counselling Level 3 Birmingham

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A gateway to one of the most needed skills within the home, the workplace and within communities.

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills with Islamic Principles

Alif Institute’s Level 3 Islamic Counselling course is a 6 months structured course aimed at providing students with an understanding of key Islamic Counselling skills and theories

Location: Ibn Rushd Centre of Excellence for Islamic Research, Greencoat House 259 Stratford Road Sparkhil

Times: 10am – 6pm

Entry Requirements: You must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Islamic Counselling Skills or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

Certification: This course will accredit and certify individuals as Trainee Islamic Counsellors upon completion

Accredited by: CPCAB

Format: 14 sessions (7 weekends); Part-time

This course will help you to:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling.
  • Understand the counselling relationship.
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding.
  • Work within a user-centered approach to counselling.
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice.
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health.
  • Use feedback, reflection, and supervision to support counselling studies.
• Explore the differences between ‘helping’ and ‘counselling’
• Look at different levels of counselling and psychotherapy training and treatment methods
• Understand both conscious and unconscious boundary crossing and why this might happen for both counsellor and clients
• Understand the characteristics needed within the therapeutic relationship to develop a successful process that leads to growth ; change and healing.
• Explore what theory is models vs theories on the self
• Reflect on positive mental health using case examples and group discussion.
• Think about how the ethical framework informs counselling and use hypothetical cases to highlight issues
• Understand and utilise the akhlaq (character) restoration therapy
• Explore different agendas of the counsellor and client and how they might come up in the work
• Explore working on personal issues to enable better work ethics with others and understand the difference between being heard and being understood
• Develop a good understanding of the characteristics needed within the therapeutic relationship
• Develop a successful process that leads to growth and change
• Develop an understanding of how to integrate the Islamic understanding of self
• Ethics in Islam – what does that look like in counselling practice?
• Islamic input – how to respect those who differ in interpretation – how to be sensitive to changes in need and behaviour of the client which may affect the counselling.
• Look at supervision from theoretical perspectives with a focus on practical application
• Individuals who hold a Level 2 Certificate in Islamic Counselling Skills or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL):
• Individuals will be asked to attend an interview where they will discuss their readiness to embark on the next stage of training and how they think they meet the characteristics identified below:
• Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language.
• Ability to benefit from self-development.
• Emotional stability.
• Evidence of personal insight.
• Ability to form a helping relationship.
• Awareness of difference and diversity.
• Be motivated towards developing as an Islamic counselling practitioner.
Is this programme accredited?
Students will be undertaking a course that leads to a nationally regulated qualification awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) – the only Ofqual approved awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling and supervision.
Is this programme for me?
This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to:
take the next step in training to become a counsellor
learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health
be prepared to work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting
What is the assessment process?
This qualification is made up of seven learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria. This structure is based on the seven processes of the CPCAB model.
To achieve the qualification, you must be (a) internally assessed by your tutor as Proficient in all seven learning outcomes; and (b) externally assessed by CPCAB as Proficient.
Will I have to create a portfolio?
Students will need to keep a portfolio of their coursework, which they can use to show their tutor what they have learnt. Keeping a portfolio of their coursework will not only provide their tutor with evidence of their learning, but also really help them with the learning process itself.
What is the external assessment procedure?
Students must have completed at least two-thirds of the course before undertaking an external assessment. For the external assessment, students will watch a short DVD of a counselling session and then complete a written Candidate Feedback Paper under exam conditions.
Will there be any adjustments made should I need it?
In order to make sure that assessment is fair to all candidates, CPCAB requires all registered centres to have an appropriate candidate support system in place and to make appropriate arrangements to meet individual assessment needs. Students can ensure that their own learning and assessment needs are being met by discussing their own needs/difficulties with their tutor, who can ensure that they receive the appropriate support at their centre.
Will there be an opportunity to re-sit the exam should I fail?
If a student’s external assessment result is ‘Not Proficient’, the candidate’s centre can make arrangements with CPCAB for them to re-sit the assessment or else appeal against the assessment result. A fee is charged for both a re-sit and an appeal, but if the appeal is successful, the candidate’s fee is refunded. The candidate’s tutor can ask CPCAB for verbal feedback on external assessment results in order to help the centre decide whether an appeal is warranted.
If I can no longer attend the programme, can I receive a refund?
Should students wish to withdraw from one of our courses, they will have until the first session (class one) from the start of teaching in which they can cancel their place on the programme and receive a refund if they’ve paid in full (candidates must however pay for the first weekend - £226.97 Registration fee – which is non-refundable) – after which students will not be able to receive a refund, as by registering to study with us, you have agreed to pay your fees in full. Candidates are therefore, expected to pay their fees in full, whether they wish to continue or not after the first session, unless they have a mitigating circumstance, whereby evidence will have to be provided.
Can I receive a refund for my registration fee?
In order to register on to our course, students will be required to pay a £226.97 Registration Fee (effective from 1st January 2020) which is non-refundable. 
The Registration Fee must be received within two weeks prior to the student’s course to guarantee their place on the chosen Alif Institute Islamic Counselling programme. The Registration Fee will be offset against the student’s overall course fee. 
I may not be able to attend all the classes – will this have an impact on my qualification?
It is paramount that students attend all sessions. Students should only miss up to a maximum of 2 sessions in circumstances where it is absolutely necessary. Should students miss a class, they should try and make this up be attending the same class session in a different city.

Course Dates:

20/21 June (days 1-2)

11/12 July (days 3-4)

15/16 August (days 5-6)

12/13 September (days 7-8)

10/11 October (days 9-10)

7/8 November (days 11-12) 

28/29 November (days 13-14)

19/20 December (days 15-16)

Registration Fee:

£226.97 is the FIRST INSTALMENT and it`s to secure your place at our course. Please note that this is non-refundable

Total Standard cost (including registration fee): £1,200

EARLY BIRD (including registration fee) - ENDS 24TH JUNE 2019: £800

  • This course is eligible for an instalment plan for those who wish to spread out the cost of the TOTAL fee.
  • Alif Institute`s account details are:

NatWest – Alif Institute

Sort Code 55-70-23

Account Number 86148141

Reference: Alif Institute Islamic Counselling Level 3 Birmingham

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