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Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skill and Studies

Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies

Programme Leader: Heather Fowlie


The Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills and Studies is in two parts.  Part 1 can be taken as a standalone option and participants will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in Part 2. Participants need to attend both parts of the course to gain the Foundation Certificate.

Who is the course for?

The course is suitable for those who are considering pursuing a career in counselling and are at the beginning of their explorations. It will also be relevant and of benefit to anyone wishing to enhance their interpersonal skills in their work, for example, nursing, social work, youth work and teaching. It will also be of interest to those who are curious about what might happen during the course of counselling, for example what do people come for, what do people bring, what helps, what is healing and importantly, what is not? Throughout the course participants will have the opportunity to think about the personal commitment and qualities desirable in being a counsellor; is it for me, what am I letting myself in for, how do I support myself?

What is the content of the course?

During the course participants will be introduced to the history and roots of Humanistic ideas, its value base and core concepts. We will draw on basic ideas from three of the major humanistic therapeutic approaches, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and Person-Centred. We will ask straightforward questions about these approaches, for example where did they come from, and what are their similarities and differences?

We will address the development of Humanistic Counselling and discuss and study its underpinning principles including the intrinsic worth and uniqueness of every human being and the human tendency towards self-fulfillment, choice and change. We will identify what are the conditions desirable in counselling and what might bring about healing and change. Why do people change and how does this come about in counselling?

Because Humanistic Counselling emphasises the quality and importance of relatedness, which exists between counsellor and client (the working pair) we will take time to understand the components of the counselling relationship, including ideas of mutuality, respect, autonomy, congruence, curiosity and empathic attunement.

We will introduce the ideas of an Ethical stance in counselling as well as theories of communication, assessment and change and their practical application.

The aim of the course, in Part 1 is to provide a learning opportunity for participants to thoroughly familiarise themselves with the foundations or nuts and bolts of Humanistic Counselling and, in Part 2, take a deeper look at the counselling process itself. As such the course is adaptable and will take into account the interest and needs of the group. Learning will be through group discussion, personal experience, exercises, presentations and didactic teaching. Students who complete both Part 1 and Part 2 will gain the equivalent of 10 credits at level 4 (QAA).

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