The Certificate in Integrative Counseling provides a learning environment in which trainees can explore and experience the world of counselling. It provides an overview of the Humanistic Integrative approach to counselling and opportunities for practical experience and training. It focuses on the development of effective listening, relationship building and the interpersonal skills necessary to attend sensitively to the needs of others, whilst establishing and maintaining clear professional and personal boundaries. Self-awareness is a vital part of any counselling training, and the course aims to facilitate this through theoretical input, skills training and reflective group process.
The Certificate is a one-year part-time course, spanning two terms. It commences with an introductory module, and each term consists of sixteen weekly seminars.
Students will be introduced to the main concepts and principles of basic counselling skills including active listening, reflection and paraphrasing. They will be introduced to the Humanistic Integrative approach, and will examine Humanistic theories from the Person-Centered approach, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt, Transpersonal Psychology and in relation to concepts of Transference and Counter-transference.
The course will look at specific issues such as:
Alcohol and substance misuse
The psychology of shame
Bereavement and loss
This intensive learning process includes the practice of enhanced listening skills, observation and verbal and non-verbal communication. Through the experiential use of counselling practice in pairs and triads, trainees will gain an ability to develop the building and maintaining of a therapeutic relationship. This will include how to negotiate contracts with clients in clinical practice, establishing and maintaining boundaries, and giving and receiving effective feedback. Experiential work and practice develops theoretical understanding and application.
Group process is entirely experiential and the focus is on the personal and emotional development of trainees. The experience of the large group process develops trainees’ capacity for self-reflection and awareness. Students develop the ability to demonstrate ownership of their own words and feelings, and to differentiate those of others. This ability is fundamental to our work as counsellors.
Assessment is continuous throughout the year and includes elements of self, peer and tutor evaluation. Students are required to successfully complete three written assignments throughout the year (800-1000 words each) as well as shorter module assignments as per tutor requirements.
Students are expected to attend every session and a minimum attendance of 85% is required for the Certificate to be issued.
Training is open to those with a first degree or relevant previous training, for example in health care or social work, and those without formal qualification but equivalent suitable life experience. Recommendation letters and a clinical interview will be required to determine eligibility. In addition, applicants must demonstrate personal maturity and the ability to cope with the emotional, intellectual and time demands of the course.
Dates and Times
One intake yearly:
September intake starts in April.
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