Counselling is central to the wellbeing and mental health of individuals. As such, counselling requires a high standard of professionalism to ensure the process is ethical and effective. So, if you work as a counsellor or in a social welfare, medical or health care role, this course is valuable professional development for you.
Professional Practice in Counselling is an online professional development course that explores best care practices for clients and patients through a focus on self-awareness and continued self-improvement as a counselling professional.
In this online counselling course, you will learn about the personal qualities of an effective counsellor, gain insights into your values and influences, and understand areas for personal growth. You’ll also learn about personality tests, what is considered a healthy personality, the importance of ethics, informed consent, and the right to privacy.
You will also discover the importance of psychometric testing, record keeping, observation in supervision, and the counsellor’s responsibility to the client.
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of professional practice in counselling to improve the therapeutic relationship with clients.
Unit - Professional Practice in Counselling
Unit 1 – Understanding Counselling
Characteristics of an effective counsellor
Counselling the counsellor
Issues faced by counsellors
The counsellor’s values
Common issues that the counsellor will encounter
Unit 2 – Ethics and Confidentiality
A Code of Ethics
Making ethical decisions
Right to privacy
Legal requirements – reporting information
Ethics and culture
Use of psychometric tests
Ethics and multiple relationship
Unit 3 – Understanding the Self
Sense of self
Influence on self-awareness
Influence on the counsellor
Implicit personality theory
Emergence of relationships
Emergence of relationships
Love and intimacy
Unit 4 – Personality
Personality and wellbeing
Personality and counselling applications
Trait theories of personality
Psychodynamic approaches to personality
Humanistic approaches to personality
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
Influence on the counselling process
Social learning and cognitive approaches to personality
Social learning theory
Personal construct theory
Influence on the counselling process
Critique of personality theories
Unit 5 – Emotions and Behaviour
Aspects of emotion
Influence of emotions
Effect on communication
Expressing emotional intensity
Sensorimotor emotional orientation
Concrete emotional orientation
Abstract formal operational emotional orientation
Abstract dialectic emotional orientation
Using the model
Influence on the counselling process
Emotional expression and counselling
Culture & emotional expression
Transference & countertransference
Transference (two parts)
Working with transference
Working with countertransference
Unit 6 – Supervision
The counsellor as part of the health care team
Issues in supervision
Supervision and power
Working with other
Quantity and effectiveness of supervision
Focus on clarity
Types of supervision
Supervisor and trainee together
Use of a one-way mirror
Video and audio
Unit 7 – Referral Practice
Counselling or mental health services
Conditions for counsellors
Conditions for mental health services
Secondary care counsellors
What is abnormal?
Use of tests
Anxiety (5 types)
Types of depression
Schizophrenia and related disorders
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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