The post below was written by Liane Collins, one of the tutors on the general counselling course. All our tutors have gone through the training themselves in the past so they know how the students are feeling and how to support them.
Find out more about Liane at her website.
Well, if ever we needed proof of the power of social networking – I posted my last blog about online counselling on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. What it has produced is a long and interesting discussion on Linked In about the value of online counselling ….
… and new applicants to the course that Online Training for Counsellors has added to their usual tri annual intake for the general certificate in online counselling!
Find more information about it here
This new course will run from 17th May to the 24th July – so still time to apply and get an early bird discount up to the 10th May, and still be finished the course in time for summer holidays. What’s not to like!
The general course lasts for 10 weeks. In that time you learn about language, basic legal issues, using technology, user friendly approaches online, difference and diversity – because online work increases opportunities and equality for those who can only use this method to have counselling at all, and beginnings, middles and endings and how they can be effective in therapy online, among many other things.
You will do a weekly practice task online to consider individually and in groups the most ethical and effective ways of working will clients with diverse issues and do role play to practice your new found skills.
You will learn how to present yourself and your work to clients and other counsellors online.
A weekly registration task offers great opportunities for self reflection and CPD, in addition to a learning reflective journal.
The greatest opportunity of course is to learn along with others in a group and build relationships, professional and personal, with other counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists from all over the world who will become a valuable peer group for your future online work.
The general certificate will help and support you in building the basic skills for taking your counselling work a step further towards working online but you may well become as committed to this way of working as we all did who work for OLT and take the diploma course next. This really is the future and opens so many doors in counselling both for clients and for us as counsellors.
CPD wise – what better and more interesting way to get 80 hours for your BACP reaccreditation … 200 hours for the diploma. Consider that and what it will cost you for those odd daily workshops to build up your hours. Workshops are great too – and extremely diverse, but this is an opportunity to learn a whole new skill set, and one that is really worthwhile.
And the power of social media ……..
Well you’re reading this aren’t you?!
Come and join everyone else who has found out about us this way. We look forward to meeting you 🙂