The course is open to people who are interested in developing professional counselling skills. The course is either one-month full-time or 3-months part-time held in the evenings. Each course has a group of twelve participants facilitated by 2 professionally qualified trainers. The use of the internet is an integral part of the course and participants will be provided with their own web space.
CONTENT & METHODOLOGY
This certificate course is both theoretical and practical.
The theoretical aspects are based upon the psychological theories that form the foundation of counselling. Theories are explored and then related to the personal experiences of the participants. These personal experiences then serve as the basis for developing a broad theoretical foundation for counselling. This eclectic approach allows the counsellor to respond to the individual needs of their clients.
The practical aspects focus on self-exploration and self-awareness. Participants reflect upon their life experiences in order to gain a better understanding of ‘who they are’. This is one of the exciting parts of the course, where participants support each other and make a contribution to the group’s learning.
The practical skills of counselling are developed in small groups of three. These small groups give ample opportunity for participants to learn and practice counselling skills. They video record their sessions and the videos are used to allow participants to observe, analyse and improve their own counselling skills.
The therapeutic factors of counselling are investigated and discussed using the evidence found in the literature. This investigation becomes the foundation upon which participants assess and evaluate their own counselling skills.
During the course the participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the learning environment. At the end of the course participants submit a video recording of a counselling session which gives evidence of their practical skills. A written commentary accompanies the recording, describing how the theories of counselling are utilised during the session.
Participants who successfully satisfy the course objectives are awarded the Association’s Certificate in Counselling.