Training and Supervision
Introductory Level Courses
When considering whether you might make a good counsellor, it can be difficult to know where to start. Some students ask the following kinds of questions:
How long will it take? How much will it cost? Will I be able to get work? What is the difference between the different courses?
I offer a service which can help you ask the right questions, consider what fits with your work/life commitments and what therapeutic modality might suit your way of being and working. This can give you a foundation of understanding to help you approach the various learning providers with some understanding.
I also offer a half day Introduction to Counselling which can help you decide whether taking the next step is right for you.
COSCA Certificate in Counselling
I currently teach Certificate Level Courses which include the COSCA Certificate in Counselling
This course comprises 4 Modules which is 120 hours in total. Students explore communication and develop their skills through skills practices and reflection. They increase their knowledge on aspects of active listening and barriers to listening and become aware of the quality of interaction and connection to others. The course also introduces the importance of ethics and indicates the importance of an ethical way of working as a listener and counsellor.
Is this for me?
Many students enter certificate level counselling courses from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some have an active volunteering or working role in which they listen and support others, some have had the benefit of counselling in their past and feel they want to support others, some are looking for a change of career which offers more meaning and purpose. This results in a real vibrant mix of attitudes, values and beliefs.
This course can offer real insight into our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours and also how we begin to shape our own practice as a listener or counsellor.
This is a recognised qualification in the profession of counselling and is 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8.
Diploma and Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have co-authored Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy with a Lead Tutor role. Previously I have also had a Lead Tutor role when teaching on a Diploma in Counselling and Groupwork with a CBT Approach. Both these courses are set as Level 10 on the Scottish Qualifications Framework which is Honours Degree Level.
Both courses include a variety of theoretical models which include CBT, Psychodynamic, Person Centred and also covered underpinning concepts form Bowlby, Kelly, Ellis, Rogers and many other theorists who were instrumental in the evolution of counselling and therapy as we know it today.
I have supported many cohorts over the years and understand the many demands these courses can make on a student. I also appreciate the student has to be open and willing not only the professional journey but also the personal
Other Courses and Experience
In addition to the above experience and training, I am also involved learning which include:
Scottish Alcohol Counselling Consortium - Managing Behaviour Change COSCA Validated Course
The Talking Rooms - Bring Your Own Bother Support Initiative through Workshops and Webinars
I continue to be interested in a diverse range of training opportunities.
Mindfulness and Yoga
I have always been interested in the mind and body connection and believe that physical and mental wellness are inextricably linked. When considering how we improve health, it is important to approach this in a holistic way. I have trained and qualified in Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness and often support clients who may be interested in developing a practice, however I am also aware that this way of working does not appeal to everyone and I respect the rights of the client to choose to explore this or move towards other approaches.
I enjoy working and connecting with other practitioners, sharing our learning and development our personal and professional development. I am always open to any opportunity to connect and build links to other practitioners, agencies and organisations.