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    Certificate in Counselling Synopsis

     

    Section 1: Theories and Models of Counselling

    1. Introduction to Counselling Theory – What Do Counsellors Actually Do? – Why Have Theory? – Some Practical Problems – Counselling and Psychology – Historical Overview of Counselling Theory – Schools of Counselling Theory – Counselling Theories and Models.

    2. The Psychodynamic Approach – The Pioneering Work of Sigmund Freud – Basic Concepts of Freud’s Work – What is the Psyche Like? – Anxiety – Defence Mechanisms – Normal Development – Freud on Sexual Development – Working Psychodynamically

    3. The Behavioural Approach – Overview of the Behaviourist Approach to the Theory of Personality – Pavlov: Classical Conditioning – Radical Behaviour – What is Personality? – Conditioning of Emotions – B.F. Skinner: ‘Operant’ Behaviourism – Reinforcement – Eysenck Neurosis – Behavioural Insights for Counselling 

     

    4. The Person-Centred Approach – Carl Rogers – Basic Concepts of Person-Centred Theory – Healthy and Unhealthy Functioning – Summary of Personal Functioning – Core Conditions – Egan’s Three Stage Skills Model

    5. The Cognitive Approach – Cognitive Therapy Defined – Origins of Cognitive Theory – Comparisons between Cognitive and other Counselling Theories – Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy – Characteristics of Irrational Beliefs – Implications of REBT for Counselling – ABC Framework – REBT: D&E Factors – Reality Therapy

    6. The Pastoral Approach – Introduction to Pastoral Counselling – Pastoral Counselling Model 1: The Client as a Living Human Document – Pastoral Counselling Model 2: The Life of the (Soul) Client – Pastoral Counselling Model 3: The Three-Stage Integrative Model 

    Assignment 1


    Section 2: Counselling Process, Skills and Practice

    7. The Counselling Process – Definitions of Counselling – Counselling Vocabulary – Clinical and Pastoral Counselling – Counselling as Distinguished from other Approaches – Person-Centred Counselling – Development of Core Conditions – Client-Focused Activities 

    Assignment 2


    8. Basic Counselling Skills – Specific Counselling Skills – Key Concepts – Advanced Empathy – Advanced Empathic Highlights/Educated Hunches – Counselling Skills Audio – Three Key Understanding Skills – Skilled Helper Exercises – Self-Counsellor

    Assignment 3


    9. Care Skills of The Skilled Helper – The Middle Stage – Goal-Setting and Decision-Making – Force-Field Analysis – Commitment to Goals

    Assignment 4


    10. Professional Practice – Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling (BACP) – Confidentiality – Boundaries and Referral – Supervision – Continuing Professional Development

    Assignment 5

     

     

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