INTRODUCTION TO LAY COUNSELLING

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SHORT & CERTIFICATE COURSES

WITS PLUS

INTRODUCTION TO LAY COUNSELLING 

Join Wits Plus, Centre for PartTime Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and study the short course Introduction to Lay Counselling. This programme is offered by the School of Human and Community Development. Classes are held on Tuesdays in the evening. Students who complete the course successfully will be awarded a Certificate of Competence.

TARGET MARKET

This course is designed as an introduction to basic counselling concepts and skills. It is intended to provide participants with basic communication skills and an awareness of some of the personal and professional issued facing the counsellor. It will also enable them to act as an intermediary between people in need of counselling and professional services. It is suitable for participants with an interest in counselling including those who are working in various counselling contexts such as nurses, social workers, psychology students, development workers, occupational therapists, child care workers, voluntary counsellors and anyone considering formal training in counselling.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Matric or equivalent is a prerequisite and participants need to be interested in counselling.

COURSE CONTENT

Counselling microskills from a Rogerian Perspective (attending, questioning and empathic responding). Solution-focussed approach to counselling (paying attention to what the client wants, amplifying, exploring for exceptions, formulating feedback, tracking progress, coping questions in crisis situations). Interpersonal psychodynamic approach to counselling (establishing a working alliance, resistance, internal focus for change, responding to conflicted emotions, familial and developmental factors, inflexible coping strategies, current interpersonal factors, termination).

ASSESSMENTS

Assignment, test and an examination.

COMMENCEMENT DATES

Semester 1: February: Tuesdays 17:30 – 19:30 Semester 2: July: Tuesdays 17:30 – 19:30

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