ONE-YEAR TRAINING COURSE
IN SYSTEMIC COUNSELLING
- To produce counsellors who are knowledgeable, competent and gender sensitive in applying systemic counselling techniques.
- To promote and support the family as a fundamental unit of society (including the needs of children) within the context of economic and other limitations.
OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME
To train counsellors who
- understand the systemic approach to counselling,
- use this approach in dealing with clients’ problems,
- are competent in dealing with clients’ problems in a gender sensitive manner,
- refer those clients they cannot help to other agencies/organisations that can help them,
- act as advocates for the families and children.
- Candidates should be 25 years of age.
- They should have an ‘O’ level qualification.
- They need experience in working with people.
- Identify one of the problems you encountered in your life. How did you manage/solve it?
- Looking back do you think that was an effective way of handling it?
Length 500 to 750 words; due date is the first day of our first In-Class Session.
FIRST IN-CLASSÂ SESSION
DURATION:Â 1 week
At commencement of the in-class session we provide each student with a manual,
that contains all the content of the course.
- System Theory
- Family Life Cycle and power issues in the family
- The Systemic Counselling approach-genograms
- Culture issues
- Basic systemic counselling techniques
- Steps in the counselling process
- Qualities of effective counselling
- Children and adolescents in counselling
- Impact of HIV/AIDS, socio economic issues,
- HIV statistics and ethical issues
- Introduction to research project
FIRSTÂ SESSIONAL INTERVAL
DURATION :Â 4 – 5 months
- Practise counselling techniques learnt during the residential session.
- Conduct counselling sessions and tape 3 of them.
- Discuss at least one of the audio tapes with a supervisor.
- Write counselling reports on all the taped sessions.
SECOND IN-CLASSÂ SESSION
DURATION: 1 week
Looking at the following counselling issues from a gender perspective:
- Special problems encountered during counselling sessions by participants
- Crisis counselling
- Domestic violence
- Women and child abuse
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Dyadic conflict counselling
- Stress: Definition, signs, symptoms and management
- Referral agencies
SECOND SESSIONAL INTERVAL
DURATION: 4 – 5Â months
- Practise counselling techniques
- Conduct counselling sessions. Record 3 audio tapes
- Write counselling reports on all taped sessions
- Discuss at least one audio tape with a supervisor
NB: This should be submitted before sitting for examinations.
THIRD IN-CLASS SESSION
DURATION:Â 5 days
||: Examination – 2 hours|
COST PER PARTICIPANT
Will be advised in an interview after application for the course
A record of 100% attendance mandatory for each participant
All course components must be completed as required
- will conduct and record on audio tape 6 counselling sessions with clients during the course of the programme and send these to the centre with a written report,
- will discuss at least two of these tapes with a supervisor,
- will write a 2 hour final examination,
- willÂ take 1Â hour practicalÂ examination,
- will submit a basic research report.
A certificate in Systemic Counselling will be awarded on completion of all course requirements.