The year is divided into three modules:
Days 1-7 Module one focuses on understanding what counselling is and isn’t:
- What do we understand by counselling?
- How does counselling differ from other forms of helping?
- Who can be helped by counselling?
We also look at:
- The history of counselling.
- The therapeutic alliance.
- Values and ethics of counselling.
- BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Perspectives on Human Development
Days 8-14 Module two provides an overview of theories of human development, including:
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
- Erikson’s psychosocial model.
- Freud’s psychosexual model.
- An introduction to attachment theory.
Theories and Styles in Counselling
Days 15-20 Module three explores a range of theoretical models, including:
- The psychodynamic model.
- Humanistic models (including Gestalt and Transactional Analysis).
- Short-term solution-focused therapy.
Assessment is continuous and includes self, peer and tutor evaluation – as well as two written assignments of 2,000 words.
The Criteria for Successful Completion are as Follows:
- A minimum attendance of 80% is mandatory for each term, but ideally 100%.
- Completion of a personal development journal on a monthly basis.
- Successful progression throughout the course including satisfactory progress in theoretical understanding, counselling skills practice, personal development and in relating theory to personal experience.
- Submission of an end-of-term reflective view.
- Attendance at an end-of-term tutorial with one of the course tutors.
Continuation of Training:
Upon successful completion of The Foundation Certificate in Counselling, you will be able to apply for a place on The Awareness Centre’s two-year Diploma in Integrative Counselling. The Autumn intake will be from September 2020. The Spring intake will be from April 2021. The major advantage of applying for a place on our Diploma is that in-house placements and supervision are offered as part of the course.