Anyone thinking of setting up their own counselling service or business, or anyone who manages a counselling service, should have a good knowledge of professional practice. This course will provide you with detailed knowledge of the underlying theories and practices in counselling.
Course Duration: 100 hours
Start Date: You can start the course at any time of the year - to suit you.
The course is divided into seven lessons as follows:
Lesson 1 - Understanding Counselling
This looks at the client-counsellor relationship, effective counselling, counselling the counsellor, the values of the counsellor and multicultural counselling.
Lesson 2 - Ethics and Confidentiality
Lesson 2 covers needs, the code of ethics, informed consent, right to privacy, legal requirements, the use of psychometric tests, ethics and multiple relationships, keeping records.
Lesson 3 - Understanding the Self
This lesson considers self-awareness, self-monitoring, self-concept, attribution theory, social perceptions, relationships, implicit personality theory, social exchange, love and intimacy.
Lesson 4 - Personality
In this lesson, we consider what is a healthy personality, the trait approach, psychodynamic approach, the humanistic approach and the social learning and cognitive approaches.
Lesson 5 - Emotions and Behaviours
Lesson 5 discusses what are emotions, emotions and counselling, effects on communication, aspects of emotion, emotional expression and counselling.
Lesson 6 - Supervision
This lesson looks at -Why supervision? Working with others, quantity and effectiveness of supervision, personal counselling, dependency, types of supervision.
Finally, Lesson 7 looks at Referral Practice
The lesson considers - counselling versus mental health issues, secondary care counsellors, abnormal psychology, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders.
There is an assignment at the end of each lesson, which you submit to your tutor for marking and feedback.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
Describe how dependency can evolve in the counselling process.
Discuss the importance of upgrading skills and ongoing supervision.
Outline methods of observation used in supervision.
Discuss the counsellor’s responsibility to the client.
Explain what might be considered as abnormal.
Define symptoms of commonly encountered disorders
- Explain why a counsellor needs to be open to personal growth.
- Discuss personal qualities that are beneficial to a counsellor.
- Discuss how the counselling of a counsellor can be of benefit to their personal effectiveness’
- Describe how a counsellor’s own values can impose on the counselling process’
- Outline the importance of an ongoing education and an awareness of other cultures.
- Demonstrate an awareness of other useful counselling qualities.
- Discuss the importance of having a ‘code of ethics’ in counselling.
- Describe what is meant by ‘informed consent’.
- Discuss the extent to which the client has a ‘right to privacy’.
- Understand when and how psychometric tests may be used.
- Describe how to keep client records.
- Discuss how the counsellor’s own sense of self-awareness can affect the counselling process.
- Describe how self-perception can influence identity, roles and self-actualisation.
- Define schemas, scripts, and attributions and their influence on social-perception.
- Discuss the effect of attractiveness, closeness and similarity on relationships.
- Discuss the effect of different levels of self-disclosure on the counselling relationship.
- Describe symptoms of relationship breakdown.
- Define a ‘healthy personality’.
- Discuss the effect of nature and nurture on personality.
- Describe the use of 2 different personality tests.
- Compare and contrast 2 different approaches to personality and their application to the counselling process.
- Discuss what is meant by emotions.
- Describe the effect of emotions on communications.
- Define different aspects of emotions including: physiology, cognition and behaviour.
- Demonstrate ways in which emotional expression can affect the counselling process.
- Discuss different methods of supervision of counsellors.
It is assumed that students will have some previous experience of psychology.
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Are you thinking of setting up your own counselling business?
If you work in counselling or are thinking of setting up your own professional practice, this is the course for you. It will help you to develop your understanding of appropriate practices and procedures within the counselling profession. Students will also gain knowledge of the self, personality and emotions and their effect on the counselling process as well as being introduced to some of the most common disorders. It also covers personal growth, psychometric testing, referral procedures and more.....
Pre-requisites: It is assumed anyone undertaking this course will already have a basic grounding in psychology and counselling, at least equivalent to the “Introduction to Psychology” course offered through this school.