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Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited)

Iron Mill Institute

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OVERVIEW As no two human beings are the same, it is our contention that no one theory will either make sense of, or be applicable to all persons. At the same time, there are recognisable patterns and conditions that all humans have encountered throughout the ages and literature is rife with such examples. Our integrative approach therefore underlines a number of things, not least that counselling and psychotherapy is an art and a science. INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND Following a successful individual interview, at the beginning of the course, a weekend selection group interview process with the key tutors on the course takes place: 1. To enable students to assess the staff?s teaching styles 2. To enable students to assess the group and ask themselves if they want to be in this particular group 3. To enable core teaching staff to assess students in terms of: Knowledge base Interactive patterns A course balance in terms of professional roles and perspectives 4. To give the group an opportunity to meet and develop some preliminary bonding and assessment The weekend gives the student a final opportunity to assess if the course and group are right for them. The tutors also have the opportunity to assess if all students are ready to undertake the course. COURSE DURATION FORMAT 468 hours over two years, two formats available. One day per week (10am ? 5.15pm) or one weekend per month (Friday 6.00 ? 9.00pm, Saturday 9.30am ? 6.00pm and Sunday 9.30am ? 5.30pm COURSE CONTENT Year One Bonding and Attachment Introduction to Ego-States Transference and Countertransference Introduction to Transactional Analysis Introduction to Gestalt Introduction to NLP The Seven Level Model Year Two Existential and Humanistic Counselling Systems Theory Myths, Archetypes and the Transpersonal Primary Care Cultural Awareness During the second and third terms students help to create the programme and it will include outside specialists. Topics covered could include: Setting up a practice, working in a GP practice, working with survivors of sexual abuse, working with eating disorders, working with alcohol and drug abuse, ageism, sexism and racism, cogntive behavoirial therapy, mindfulness. COURSE AIMS The course is designed to produce safe and experienced counsellors who are trained by safe and experienced practitioners, who are also good teachers. We do this by providing: thorough theoretical bases a safe and structured environment to explore, experiment, take risks and to develop personally a forum for ideas, ethical dilemmas and current topics a learning community where skills are evaluated, encouraged, monitored and assessed and where lots of practice is encouraged a resource for networking a place for coaching a place that encourages people to think for themselves a professional and ethical training This will enable students to practise as counsellors in: The Health Care Service (HospitalGP Practices) Social Services Schools Pastoral Care Private Practice SELF DEVELOPMENT There is an emphasis on self-development throughout the course. The ethos incorporates the three P?s: permission, protection and potency and the three C?s: care, creativity and compassion. Alongside this is a profound professionalism. WHY RATIONALE We believe in the great value of experiential learning, particularly in this field of counselling psychology, for the following reasons: Congruence: in order to enable potential counsellors to practise what they will then model to their clients. To help them develop empathic attunement without it being clouded by their own issues, eg being willing and able to meet their client?s map of the world. A belief in personal creativity and development for its own sake. Berne referred to this as physis, a term Berne borrowed from classical Greek philosophers. To encourage the development, expression and use of people?s very specific talents while honouring differences. For professional and ethical considerations, ie prevention of a trainee doing their own

OVERVIEW As no two human beings are the same, it is our contention that no one theory will either make sense of, or be applicable to all persons. At the same time, there are recognisable patterns and conditions that all humans have encountered throughout the ages and literature is rife with such examples. Our integrative approach therefore underlines a number of things, not least that counselling...

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