Counsellor training courses

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Counselling Courses at Bottisham Village College, Cambridgeshire

Lode Road, Bottisham, CB25 9DL (01223 811372)

Bottisham Village College has been running professionally accredited counselling training since 1986. The courses presently include a range of training from introductory to advanced courses for experienced practitioners.

Adlerian Counselling derives from the work of the Viennese psychiatrist Alfred Adler (1870-1937), who developed many key concepts and practices that have now been absorbed into other systems. The evolving theories and practice of humanistic, cognitive and psychodynamic approaches all move close to a position adopted by Adlerian practitioners, identifying its integrative nature.

SUMMARY OF COURSES AVAILABLE

Introduction to Counselling

This 10 week course sets out a counselling framework and introduces basic counselling skills. This course is certificated through OCN (Open College Networks), it is based on 20 hours tuition and 10 hours private study.

This course, or one similar, is a pre-requisite to enter the Certificate level.

Certificate in Adlerian Counselling

This two year part time course (250 hours) provides a foundation in counselling theory, skills and personal development, using an integrative approach underpinned by Adlerian theory and practice.

Diploma in Adlerian Counselling

After completion of the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling or its equivalent, students may enter the two year Diploma programme (a further 200 hours training) plus clinical placement under supervision.

Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies

This practice assessed modular training (75 or 100 hours) offers experienced practitioners and advanced students an opportunity to extend their professional development whilst building further training hours.

Continuing Professional Development

One and two day workshops, facilitated by internationally renowned practitioners are held regularly each term. These are open to all experienced practitioners and advanced students of counselling.

ETHICAL FRAMEWORK

All training programmes subscribe to the the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk).

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INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING

Course Concept

This introductory course provides a mixture of practical listening skills, and an overview of some key counselling theories. The course will aim to develop both techniques and widen understanding, it is not aiming to be academic, it does however expect some reading and assignments to reinforce the learning.

Who is the Course aimed at?

This course is open to a wide range of people who have an interest in developing their communications and inter-personal skills. People just wanting to improve relationships through improved communications could find this course beneficial. For others it could be part of a long-term career plan towards becoming professional counsellors. Those involved in helping others might find this a means of developing their listening skills. Others needing to widen their people skills in the workplace could benefit, together with individuals from the caring professions, or in jobs with frequent interaction with people in crisis or distress.

Open College Network

This course is designed around the Open College Network qualification framework; it is hoped the majority of students will attain Credit Level Two of the OCN Unit titled Introduction to Counselling Skills/Nature of Counselling. This framework covers:

Theory

The course also provides for some (optional) exploration of a few of the major counselling theories.

Personal Development

Personal development is encouraged through the course to enable participants to:

  • Develop their self awareness
  • Identify their own attitudes and values
  • Understand the need for setting personal boundaries
  • Evaluate their own performance and the setting of personal goals

This course is designed as a ‘taster’ for anyone considering pursuing further counselling training and meets the pre-entry requirement for the Certificate programme.

Timing

Ten weekly evening meetings of 2 hours are run during term times.

Entry requirements

  • Open Entry

TUTOR

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CERTIFICATE IN ADLERIAN COUNSELLING



This well established two year part-time course of 250 hours provides a firm foundation in counselling theory, skills and personal development, using an integrative approach underpinned by the theory and practice formulated by Alfred Adler, whose thinking has influenced psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic approaches.

Adlerian counselling takes an holistic view of the person in his or her social setting, exploring the purpose of the behaviour. It emphasises a counselling relationship based on equality, respect and encouragement.

The course presents both the theory and practice of counselling with an emphasis on experiential work and personal development. Students are required to have their own personal counselling during the course.

Timing

Two year programme, over six terms September–July, with new student entry every two years (next entry is [to be confirmed]). Ten weekly evening meetings (6.30-9.30pm) each term, plus 9 full day workshops at the weekends over the two years. There is an expectation of at least 5 hours study a week in addition to the training sessions.

Accreditation

  • This course is accredited by the Open College Network and the Adlerian Society UK.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 21 years
  • Students are required to have received a minimum of 15 hours introductory counselling skills training prior to beginning the course.
  • Acceptance on the course is subject to satisfactory interview.
  • An openness and capacity for learning, and a readiness for ongoing personal development, may prove more important than past academic achievement.

CERTIFICATE MODULES

Year One

  • Core Counselling Skills
  • Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology
  • Lifestyle Assessment
  • Lifestyle Assessment - Case Study
  • Grief and Loss
  • Personal Development 1

Year Two

  • Advanced Counselling Skills
  • Introduction to other models of counselling
  • Introduction to Family and Couples counselling
  • Lifestyle assessment – Case Study 2
  • Working with difference
  • Special Interest Topic
  • Personal Development 2

CORE TUTORS

Two core tutors are present at all training sessions. Other visiting specialist trainers present workshops and some evening sessions.

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DIPLOMA IN ADLERIAN COUNSELLING

Following satisfactory completion of the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling, students are eligible to work towards the Diploma in Adlerian Counselling.

This involves a further 200 hours of training, which, with the Certificate, totals 450 hours of theory and skills, alongside ongoing personal development and a minimum of 150 hours supervised clinical practice. The Diploma equips students with the additional skills necessary to practise counselling on a professional basis.

The curriculum covers Advanced Counselling Skills, Clinical Issues and Psychopathology, Advanced Adlerian Approaches, Creative Approaches in Counselling, Comparative Approaches, Social and Cultural issues, and Ethical Practice. Internationally renowned trainers from the USA, Canada, Israel, Germany and the UK present the weekend workshops, as well as other specialists being invited to facilitate many of the evening sessions.

Timing

Two year programme over six terms (October-July) with new student entry every two years. There are five fortnightly evening meetings of 3 hours with the core tutor, plus 3 full day workshops at the weekends each term.

In relation to their clinical placement, students are also required to receive fortnightly training supervision sessions of one and a half hours throughout the two year training period.

Accreditation

  • This course is accredited by ASIIP (Adlerian Society UK and Institute for Individual Psychology), an organisational member of the BACP.

Entry requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of the Certificate in Adlerian Counselling. Evidence of equivalent training will also be considered.

DIPLOMA MODULES

  • Advanced Counselling Skills
  • Social Issues 1
  • Social Issues 2
  • Comparative Approaches
  • Creative Approaches
  • Clinical Issues and Psychopathology

Each term, there are 3 day workshops facilitated by practitioners well known in their field. Examples of workshops include: Brief Counselling, Counselling Adolescents and their Families, Comparative approaches in Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Clinical Issues, Referral Issues, Medication and Counselling, Couples Counselling

CLINICAL PLACEMENT AND CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Students receive guidance regarding appropriate clinical placements, and there are a number of agencies that offer placements for Bottisham students following satisfactory interview. Supervision is provided fortnightly in pairs with a training supervisor appointed by the course, and is a crucial part of the programme. Diploma tudents are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours satisfactory clinical practice.

TUTORS

Margaret Nimmo-Smith and Bruce Tate

COORDINATING TRAINING SUPERVISOR

Many other specialist and experienced presenters contribute to the training.

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ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN COUNSELLING STUDIES

There are 75 hour and 100 hour options for this assessed modular training. It will be of interest to both experienced counsellors and advanced trainees, who wish to extend their professional development and also build their training hours in relation to accreditation requirements.

Internationally renowned practitioners from the USA, Canada, Germany, Israel and the UK are invited to present advanced training workshops. Students make a choice of modules, totalling 12 days, out of a wide range of modules on offer, tailoring the workshops to their own interests. Adlerian psychology underpins many of the workshops, offering an integrative approach that is relevant to practitioners coming from a wide range of other theoretical trainings.

Timing

  • Modules last one or two days, held at weekends, during term times. This is a rolling programme and students may join at any time, selecting modules totalling twelve days in order to achieve 75 hours training. This includes 3 hours of one to one tutorials, arranged at the mutual convenience of tutor and student.

Accreditation

  • The course is accredited by ASIIP, an organisational member of the BACP.

Assessment

  • Set assignments include a written analysis after each module, journal summaries and a mini-dissertation. The core tutor will provide regular tutorials, assessment and guidance.

Entry Requirements

  • Students are required to have undergone a minimum of 250 hours counselling training, prior to attending these courses, and to complete an application providing two references.

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WORKSHOPS
for Advanced Certificate and Continuing
Professional Development

Weekend Workshops

Available as a 75 or 100 hour assessed training or as individual CPD workshops

Some examples of the wide choice of modules:

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY & COUNSELLING
Presenter: Gerhard Baumer, Dip Psych
Reg Psychologist, Berlin, Germany

CREATIVE CLINICAL INTERVENTIONS
Presenter: Marion Balla, MED MSW RSW
Psychotherapist, Ottawa, Canada

EARLY RECOLLECTIONS, THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE AND CLIENT GROWTH
Presenter: Dr Roy Kern
Psychologist, Consultant, USA

COUPLES COUNSELLING
Presenter: Dr Betty-Lou Bettner PhD
Couples & Family Therapist, USA

ATTACHMENT THEORY & COUNSELLING
Presenter: Alison Still
Counsellor & trainer, Cambridge

COUNSELLING ADOLESCENTS & THEIR FAMILIES
Presenter: Dr Frank Walton PhD
Psychologist & Consultant, USA

ADDICTIONS & CREATIVITY
Presenter: Dr Rachel Shifron PhD
Psychotherapist, Israel

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION & COUNSELLING
Presenter: Dr Peter Bailey
GP, Cambridge

Further workshops are planned from October 2011 (the programme may be subject to alteration)

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

All the modules offered on the Advanced Certificate in Counselling Studies Programme are also available to practitioners wishing to meet the Continuing Professional Development requirements of bodies such as the BACP or the UKCP.

Participants may apply to attend any of the modules advertised, and will receive a CPD certificate of attendance. Full details from the Adult Education Office, Bottisham Village College.

TRAINING STYLE

The central aim of the training method for all the programmes is on a blending of theory, practice and personal development. Each session aims to introduce theoretical concepts alongside experiential work in order to bring the theory alive. Use of group discussion, small group work, exercises in pairs and triads counselling skills practice are used as a fundamental part of the training.

There is an expectation for students to maintain regular reading of set texts and articles and keep up to date with assignments. Students are welcome to work together on assignments, and the tutors are available to offer support and guidance. Challenges to the concepts and processes presented are encouraged.

Each student on the assessed programmes is assigned a core tutor, with whom he or she has regular one to one tutorials as well as working in the smaller tutor groups.

Personal Counselling Requirements

Due to the large amount of experiential work, there is an expectation for students to work at a personal level from the outset of the course. To support this personal development students are required to receive personal counselling from recommended experienced counsellors. These cost are not included in the course fees and need to be budgeted for separately.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES

Assessment of each student’s theoretical understanding, skills and personal development is ongoing throughout the course, students needing to meet the learning outcomes for each year before moving on to the next. Self assessment and peer evaluation are encouraged, alongside the tutors’ evaluation of written and practical assignments.

If students are having difficulty, we aim for ongoing open and clear discussion to enable a mutually agreed decision regarding the student continuing the course. Procedures are available for students should they wish to make a complaint regarding any aspect of the course.

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Further information and application process

Open Evenings

These optional sessions are held twice a year to enable prospective students to find out more about the courses, meet the tutors and talk to current students. The next Open Evenings are:

  • To be announced

The Introductory courses are open entry, with the standard Adult Education enrolment process.

The Certificate Programme runs every two years, requires completion of the application form, two full written references and evidence of 15 hours minimum counselling skills training, prior to beginning the training.

The Diploma Programme runs every two years, requires evidence of satisfactory completion of the Certificate Programme, or equivalent. For those entering form other programmes, completion of an application plus references, and an interview, similar to the Certificate programme, is arranged.

The Advanced Certificate is a rolling programme and students may join at any time. Evidence of a minimum of 250 hours prior counselling training plus completion of the application form and two references.

Continuing Professional Development:

All the workshops on the Advanced Certificate Programme are open to experienced counselling practitioners and advanced trainees.

Interviews for the Certificate and Diploma programmes are conducted by two tutors plus an external interviewer. Areas explored include:

  • relevant practical, professional and personal experience
  • how you plan to make use of the course
  • your strengths and weaknesses

  • what implications there might be for you and people around you in doing the course

Course fees:

  • Up to date information on the fees of all these courses may be obtained from Bottisham Village College - see contact details below.

Concessionary fees are available for all courses, and arrangements can be made to spread the payments over the period of the course.

Fees quoted for the Certificate and Diploma include all tuition, weekend workshops and tutorials. The cost of personal counselling and clinical supervision is additional to this.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Application forms and fee details are available from:


Adult Education Assistant
Adult Education Office
Bottisham Village College
Lode Road
Bottisham
Cambridge
CB25 9DL

Phone: 01223 811372
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm, Tues & Thurs 7pm-9pm
Fax: 01223 813015
email: starasewicz@bottishamvc.org

For more information on any aspect of the courses please contact:
adleriantraining@googlemail.com

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