Counselling is a part of understanding and dealing with human psychology. People encounter many difficult situations in their lives, but some are unable to deal with these problems and get along with their lives. Such people take the help of a counselor for support and advice in coping with the problem issues and to get back on an even keel. Because of this, counselors have also to be psychologists with skills in dealing with people and counselling.
A normal course in Counselling would consist of three main parts with each part further sub-divided into three to five modules.
Part 1 is divided into five modules: Foundations of the counselling relationship, an introduction to the dominant schools of counselling, Counselling skills, Personal development and Counselling for particular problems.
The foundations of the counselling relationship deals with areas in ethical boundaries, confidentiality, equal opportunities, values and beliefs. Assessment for this unit is done by the tutor and peer observation.In the module called as an introduction to the dominant schools of counselling, the students are familiarized with the different and most important categories of counselling to form the basis for their study. The module on Counselling skills not only introduces the student to the various techniques and methods used in counselling, it also imparts some practical experience in using these skills. The unit on Personal development makes the students aware of their own personality and suggests methods by which the certain changes could be made to improve it further and more suitable for a counselor. The last module in this part demonstrates the use of counselling for certain troubles that the person may have such as stressful conditions, mental distress, and bereavement being infected by diseases like AIDS or cancer.
Part 2 consists of three units, including Counselling Theory, Professional and Organisational Issues and Counselling in a Multicultural Society. The module on Counselling Theory investigates the various theories which form the basis of counselling and its methods. The unit on Professional and Organisational Issues deals with the problems that can confront people in their work life due to certain pressures in the place of work. The module on Counselling in a Multicultural Society brings to fore the different issues that can arise in multicultural societies, the stresses and challenges that such societies lay on the individuals and the methods of coping with these problems.
Part 3 also comprises of three units Advanced Counselling Skills, Self-Awareness, and Counselling Specialisms, including child development.
Other than studying these subjects, the students may also have to undergo some hours of supervised counselling practice.
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