ONE-YEAR TRAINING COURSE
IN SYSTEMIC COUNSELLING

AIMS

  • 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.

 

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Recruitment:

  • Candidates should be 25 years of age.
  • They should have an ‘O’ level qualification.
  • They need experience in working with people.

 

 

PRE-COURSE ASSIGNMENT

  • 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-CLASS  SESSION

DURATION: 1 week

At commencement of the in-class session we provide each student with a manual,
that contains all the content of the course.

Course content:

  • 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

 

 

FIRST  SESSIONAL INTERVAL

DURATION :  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-CLASS  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
  • Bereavement
  • Women and child abuse
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Suicide
  • Dyadic conflict counselling
  • Stress: Definition, signs, symptoms and management
  • Referral agencies

 

 

SECOND SESSIONAL INTERVAL

DURATION: 4 – 5  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

 

RESEARCH  STUDY:

NB: This should be submitted before sitting for examinations.

 

THIRD IN-CLASS SESSION

DURATION:  5 days

  • Day 1
: Revision
  • Day 2
: Examination – 2 hours
  • Day 3 – 5
: Practicals

 

 

METHODOLOGY
  • Overall participatory,
  • Lectures
  • Role-plays,
  • Video-presentations

 

 

COST PER PARTICIPANT

Will be advised in an interview after application for the course

 

ATTENDANCE
A record of 100% attendance mandatory for each participant
All course components must be completed as required

 

ASSESSMENT

Each student

  • 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,
  • will  take 1 hour practical examination,
  • will submit a basic research report.

A certificate in Systemic Counselling will be awarded on completion of all course requirements.