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Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies

The Metanoia Institute

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Course Description

The Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies is in two(2) parts.  Part 1 can be taken as a standalone option and participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in Part 2. Participants need to attend both parts of the course to gain the Foundation Certificate.

The Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies is in two(2) parts.  Part 1 can be taken as a standalone option and participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in Part 2. Participants need to attend both parts of the course to gain the Foundation Certificate.

Course Content

During the course participants will be introduced to the history and roots of counselling, its value base and core concepts. We will draw, in particular, on basic ideas from the major counselling and psychotherapy approaches that are studied at Metanoia, namely Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person-Centred, and Transactional Analysis. We will ask straightforward questions about these approaches, for example where did they come from, and what are their similarities and differences?

We will identify what the conditions desirable are in counselling and what might bring about healing and change; why do people change and how does this come about in counselling?

Because counselling emphasises the quality and importance of the relationship that exists between counsellor and client (the working pair), we will take time to understand the components of this relationship, including ideas of mutuality, respect, autonomy, congruence, curiosity and empathic attunement. We will learn about, discuss and most importantly practice the skills that are central to developing this kind of helping relationship.

The aim in Part 1 is to provide a learning opportunity for participants to thoroughly familiarise themselves with the foundations or nuts and bolts of counselling skills and, in Part 2, take a deeper look at the counselling process itself. As such the course is adaptable and will take into account the interests and needs of the group. Learning will be through group discussion, personal experience, exercises, presentations and didactic teaching.

During the course participants will be introduced to the history and roots of counselling, its value base and core concepts. We will draw, in particular, on basic ideas from the major counselling and psychotherapy approaches that are studied at Metanoia, namely Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person-Centred, and Transactional Analysis. We will ask straightforward questions about these...

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic qualification requirements for this course. The course is suitable for those who are considering pursuing a career in counselling or psychotherapy and are at the beginning of their explorations.

There are no formal academic qualification requirements for this course. The course is suitable for those who are considering pursuing a career in counselling or psychotherapy and are at the beginning of their explorations.

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