Introduction to Counselling Theory and Person Centred Practice

The Introduction to Counselling Theory and Person Centred Practice course (20 hrs) offers you an introduction to the ideas and work of Carl Rogers, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century.  We will look at how Rogers developed what was essentially a therapeutic approach (client-centred therapy), to a way of being with all people (person centred approach) – at home, work, in education and in resolving cultural and political conflicts. It was for the latter that he became a Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Facilitator: Andrea Rippon

Venue: NR2

Cost: £210 or ‘Skills Swop’ (please enquire)

Course code/dates for the Introduction to Counselling Theory and Person Centred Practice:

ICT170309: starting 9 March 2017
Thursdays: 9, 16, 23 March (09.30-13.00)
Saturday: 25 March (10.00-17.00)
Thursday: 30 March (09.30-13.00)

ICT170608: starting 8 June 2017
Thursdays: 8, 15 June (09.30-13.00)
Saturday: 17 June (10.00-17.00)
Thursday: 22, 29 June (09.30-13.00)

ICT170921: starting 21 September 2017
Thursdays: 21, 28 September; 5 October (09.30-13.00)
Saturday: 7 October (10.00-17.00)
Thursday: 12 October (09.30-13.00)

ICT180118: starting 18 January 2018
Thursdays: 18, 25 January; 1 February (09.30-13.00)
Saturday: 3 February (10.00-17.00)
Thursday: 8 February (09.30-13.00)

ICT180426: starting 26 April 2018
Thursdays: 26 April; 3, 10 May (09.30-13.00)
Saturday: 12 May (10.00-17.00)
Thursday: 17 May (09.30-13.00)

We will explore Rogers’ theory of constructive personality change.  We will break Personality into two parts – the part we are born with and the part that is constructed over time, in response to the messages given to us by our significant others (parents, carers, peers, etc).    Using different exercises, we will explore Rogers’ concepts, including:

  • the actualising tendency (an inherent motivation in every human to maintain and/or enhance their potential),
  • conditional worth (conditions we live by in order to gain approval from our significant others)
  • locus of evaluation (the system by which we judge what is best for ourselves: external, if we look to others for the answers; internal, if we look within).

The aim of this exploration is to increase self awareness and self acceptance; and to understand the process by  which people (including ourselves) can change, grow and develop.

The course will include teaching and demonstration, group discussion, learning from listening to yourself and others and an Encounter Group.   You will need to spend up to 2 hours a week in private study, which will include reflection, writing your learning journal and reading.  All reading will be provided.

Due to the personal development work involved, this course may not be suitable for those who are emotionally stretched at the moment.  Please contact me if you’re concerned about whether you can meet the emotional demands of this course.

Students who did this course, said:

  • I shall be using aspects of Rogers’ Personality Theory as a foundation stone when using counselling skills as a member of the pastoral care team at the hospital. I now have a greater understanding of my own background and can recognise the assumptions I have previously made based on my own experience.
  • I found Andrea telling us some personal examples of conditions of worth very useful. In fact, I think the whole explanation(s) of the personality theory was delivered in such a way that I could understand it. It was clear! I didn’t feel overloaded and it was perfectly followed by exploring the core conditions in the next session.
  • The tutor enabled me to become more knowledgeable on person-centred counselling but it was her role in facilitating the space and support for the whole group that meant we were more open and trusting with each other and so I could learn from the group’s responses as well.
  • Encounter Day was exhausting but exhilarating at the same time.
  • I felt the group was safe environment to explore myself and challenge my perceptions of others.
  • Great variety of exercises to keep me thinking – never boring!  Impressed with Andrea’s knowledge of theory and her ability to convey it to others.

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