This course will be taught in the Canterbury centre.
It is ideal for anyone who wants to extend their skills with people. Counselling skills have proven to be effective in many work roles where interactions between people occur. For those who are looking for a change of career to take them into one of the helping professions, this is an excellent starting point and is the first step on the professional route to qualify as a Counsellor. It is particularly relevant for those in education, health, social services, a voluntary organisation, personnel or management.
See the link below which will take you to a video to explain various elements of the Counselling courses;
This course will cover:
• The importance of the counselling process of maintaining appropriate moral and ethical standards according to The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy-
(BACP) Ethical Framework
• The counselling setting
• Improving observation
• Listening skills including blocks to listening
• Responding skills
• Deeper level counselling skills and processes
• The importance of therapeutic alliance to the helping process
• Awareness, acceptance and understanding of self and others
Students will also be considering self-awareness;
• Who am I?
• How do I respond to others?
• How do others respond to me, in my work helping others?
• What more do I need to work on and where do I go for support with this?
• Some of the processes and dynamics of group work
• How to work with loss and grief
Please see "What do I need to join the course?" for instructions of how to apply.
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Hilary McNair
Hilary’s passion for counselling has led her to qualify in this subject at honours degree level. Her ten plus years of counselling experience has included building up a private practice where she sees individuals and couples for a wide variety of issues and has previously worked with women affected by domestic abuse. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is also qualified to counsel children and young people. Hilary holds a diploma in Counselling Supervision, which she draws upon to supervise other practising counsellors.
Her approach is integrative and relational. She has a special interest in gestalt theory, working with PTSD and in working with spirituality in the counselling room. You can find out more about her work here: https://hmcounsellingblog.wordpress.com/. Hilary has over 30 years of teaching experience in a mixture of primary and adult education. She holds an honours degree in Education. She passionately enjoys creatively planning and delivering courses and has done this for a variety of organisations. She endeavours to make the
delivery as experiential and exciting as possible. Her love of coming alongside people in their personal development is a highly motivating factor in both her counselling and her teaching. She sees relationship as being at the heart of both aspects of her work.
How will I be taught?
This course will involve full learner participation and self-reflection. There will be personal and sensitive discussions in small and large groups, group activities and role plays in pairs or triads (groups of three) followed by observer feedback.
You will keep a reflective journal which gives evidence of your learning and be assessed formatively of your skills through self-evaluation and feedback from peers and tutors, plus a practical skills assessment and a short external assessment. Please note 90% attendance, a high level of commitment and up to 3-4 hours self-directed learning is essential to complete the course.
Assessment will be by a weekly personal learning journal and the observation of practical skills demonstrated during the course. You will be given assignments and/or a research project/presentation. There is also an external exam set by CPCAB.
What do I need to bring with me?
A4 ring binder with dividers, notebook and pen. A laptop/ computer / tablet or i pad with a camera . A student text book will be provided - the cost of which is covered in the course fee.
What can I do next?
The next step is the CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST- L3). See www.CPCAB.co.uk and www.kentadulteducation.co.uk for details or your tutor will advise.
What do I need to join the course
Access to a computer / laptop / iPad with internet connection to attend classes via Zoom if necessary.
Before enrolling on this course, you will need to complete an online application form available at this link - https://forms.office.com/r/5GDWBwXyB3
Following submission of your application you will need to complete the online literacy assessment using the link - https://forms.office.com/r/YUrHqyUurx
This checks your suitability for the course and helps identify any additional support required. You will be contacted with the results.
You will need to ring 03000 412222 to book an interview slot. This will be confirmed at a later date and you will be sent a Zoom link
The interview involves an informal and honest discussion with a Counselling tutor about your personal readiness, the content and level of the course which then ensures that you understand the personal, educational and financial commitments.
Places are often taken up quickly so early application is highly recommended. It is not necessary to have completed an introductory course before enrolling on this course, but we do advise those with no previous listening/helping experience and knowledge to do so.
It is recommended that you don't enrol on this course if you have undergone a life-changing experience during the last 12 months, ie. bereavement. You will be expected to explore some personal history that you feel safe to share but this course is not a replacement for personal therapy.
Getting to your course
Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/117405/M/FF.
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