This course provides a professional training in counselling; it is designed to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-awareness, not in isolation from 1 another but in their inter-related meanings for the whole person; there is therefore an emphasis on the integration of experience, understanding and behaviour throughout the course; there is also an emphasis on the importance of an awareness of counselling as a process of social interaction occurring within the context of organisations and broader social relationships, processes and structures.
This course will enable students to identify and practise initial counselling skills and to understand the first steps in the theory of counselling. The course covers the following topics which are integrated into the programme such as: Basic counselling skills; Reflective learning; and three main theoretical roots of counselling.
This course is designed for people who work in a setting which involves offering help, support, or guidance to others; people working in education, the National Health Service, voluntary agencies, social services, government schemes or in the private sector find the course provides invaluable skills and knowledge; counselling skills are introduced through student-centred and experiential methods of learning; students consider a wide variety of counselling-related subjects; this includes looking at different models of counselling, learning what it is like to be a client, being clear what a client-counsellor contract is about, developing self-awareness, developing a clear understanding of when counselling is and is not appropriate, safe and ethical use of counselling skills, and being aware of some of the limitations of counselling.
This course provides a thorough training in person centred counselling, promoting ethical practice, person and professional development; students are invited to experience themselves in relation to the group process, and are given opportunities to experience and explore counselling techniques and theory leading to becoming a qualified counsellor.
Candidates plan a programme of development and assessment with their assessor and compile a portfolio of evidence to prove that they are competent and knowledgeable in their work role; tailor made programmes can be devised to suit employers requirements.
This course suits any person working with individuals with substance misuse issues.