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Module 2 - Learning how to counsel

This informal course in counselling provides the student with the basic knowledge and skills to, upon completion of all prescribed modules, apply for registration at an applicable body for counsellors such as an association that can award a relevant designation. It offers valuable knowledge in learning how to counsel as well as guidelines for opening your own practice.

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35 Days Learning Content
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    Study Unit WC201.1: Introduction to Counselling

    This Study Unit offers orientation in Wellness as a Career, and requirements for registration with a professional body.

    You will gain in-depth insight and knowledge into the Elements of Counselling:

    • Traits of the counsellor.
    • The counselling practice.
    • The counselling process.
    • The client and self-care.

    Study Unit WC201.2: Learning more about Counselling

    In this Study Unit you will familiarise yourself with the context of counselling.

    The skills and duties of the counsellor is discussed in relation to the counselling process.

    This study unit encourages counsellors to counsel for joy.  The study of joy and happiness forms part of the wellness theory.  A positive affect is a powerful tool and can contribute significantly to physical and mental healing.  It is a driving force in problem solving; it revitalises the tired body and transfigures our mental abilities.

    Study Unit WC201.3: Metaphors in Counselling

    Counselling is a rich and versatile enterprise with many dimensions and possible approaches. Many counsellors prefer to work eclectically, i.e., to select tools, techniques and approaches from the spectrum that is available with regards to usefulness and functionality.

    In this course you will learn about many of these methods such as narrative therapy, TIR, art therapy and NLP, to name a few, which are all useful techniques and although in the end you may decide to specialise, you will probably opt to use the best suited counselling approach to fit the individualised needs of your client.

    Our aim in this course is not to train you as a specialist in any of these areas, but to introduce you to part of the spectrum of what is available and the outcomes it may serve.

     The best way to understand something is often by way of comparison or analogy.

    Study Unit 201.4: Guidelines for Opening a Practice

    It is a challenging task to start-up a lucrative counselling practice. In this module, we will take you through the process step-by-step to make it easier.

    Since careful planning can save you much disappointment, we shall discuss the following aspects in detail:

    • Working as a Counsellor,
    • Counselling as a business enterprise.


    • Matric level numeracy and literacy.

    Here is exactly what we cover in this course:

    Study Unit WC201.1: Introduction to Counselling

    1. Orientation in the Course.
    2. Elements of Counselling.
    3. The Work and Traits of a Counsellor.
    4. The Art and Science of Counselling.
    5. The Work of the Community Counsellor.
    6. The Spectrum of Counselling Training.
    7. Useful Terms used in Counselling.
    8. The Characteristics of the Effective Counsellor.
    9. The Character and Attitude of the Counsellor.
    10. Counselling Style.
    11. Objectivity and Unconditional Acceptance.
    12. Social Intelligence.
    13. Emotional Intelligence.
    14. Traits of the Natural Counsellor.
    15. The Counselling Practice.
    16. The Edge of Wellness Counselling.
    17. The Requirements of Good Marketing for Counsellors.
    18. The Aspects that will Contribute to Growth of your Counselling Practice.
    19. Tools and Facets.
    20. Marketing: The link between Professional Space and Needs Space.
    21. Ways to Market Counselling.
    22. Some Areas of Specialised Counselling.
    23. The Counselling Process.
    24. The Client in Counselling.


    Study Unit WC201.2: Learning more about Counselling

    1. Crucial Issues in Counselling.
    2. Counselling Divisions.
    3. Professional Aspects of Counselling.
    4. Counselling need Interventions Aligned to Counsellor Traits & Tasks.
    5. Contextualising Counselling.
    6. Wellbeing as Context for Counselling.
    7. Counselling as self-care.
    8. The Counsellor as Skilled Helper.
    9. Background to Counselling.
    10. The Holistic Scope of Counselling.
    11. Counselling Process.
    12. Counsellor Client Relationship.
    13. Presuppositions of the Counselling Process.
    14. Towards Wholeness.
    15. Distress.
    16. The Role of Time in Counselling.
    17. Entrance and Exit in Counselling.
    18. Solution Driven.
    19. The Counsellor in Counselling.
    20. Terminology: Counselling as a Helping Relationship.
    21. The Wellness Counselling Process.
    22. Counselling Techniques.
    23. Duties of the Counsellor. 
    24. The Rationale of Counselling.
    25. Introduction: The idea of counselling for joy.
    26. Psychology of Happiness.
    27. Finding Joy.
    28. The Benefits of Living with Joy.
    29. Counselling for Joy.
    30. How to become Joyous.
    31. Mindfulness and being Considerate and Helpful does not enhance Joy.
    32. Ways to Counsel for Joy.

    Study Unit 201.3: Metaphors in Counselling
    The use of Metaphors in Counselling.
    The Metaphors we Live by.
    Using an Onion as Metaphor in Counselling.
    Learning lessons in counselling from an onion.
    Layering – a Principle of Complexity.
    The Value of Metaphors in Counselling.
    Metaphors Borrowed from Farming.
    Learning about Counselling from Hospitality Metaphors.
    Counselling is like Cooking a Gourmet Meal.
    The Role of the Waiter as Discourse for Counselling.

    Study Unit 201.4: Guidelines for Opening a Practice

    1. Working as a Counsellor.
    2. Supervision.
    3. Shadowing.
    4. Professional Specifications of Wellness Counsellors.
    5. Elements of Professional Credentialling.
    6. Professional Ethics.
    7. Client Rights.
    8. Wellness Healthcare.
    9. Counselling.
    10. Professional Business Skills.
    11. Occupational Designation.
    12. Counselling as a Business Enterprise.
    13. The Type of Business.
    14. Elements of a Business.
    15. Mission Statement for you Practice.
    16. Business Objectives.
    17. Business Plan.
    18. Budget.
    19. Getting Ready to set up your Practice.
    20. Formal Layout of the Room.
    21. Informal Layout of the Room.
    22. Practical Considerations.
    23. Ergonomic Factors.
    24. Effective Practice Management.
    25. Indemnity Insurance.
    26. Practice Forms.
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