Certificate in Counselling

The course is open to people who are interested in developing professional counselling skills. The course is either one-month full-time or 3-months part-time held in the evenings. Each course has a group of twelve participants facilitated by 2 professionally qualified trainers. The use of the internet is an integral part of the course and participants will be provided with their own web space.

 

CONTENT & METHODOLOGY
This certificate course is both theoretical and practical.

The theoretical aspects are based upon the psychological theories that form the foundation of counselling. Theories are explored and then related to the personal experiences of the participants. These personal experiences then serve as the basis for developing a broad theoretical foundation for counselling. This eclectic approach allows the counsellor to respond to the individual needs of their clients.

The practical aspects focus on self-exploration and self-awareness. Participants reflect upon their life experiences in order to gain a better understanding of ‘who they are’. This is one of the exciting parts of the course, where participants support each other and make a contribution to the group’s learning.

 

The practical skills of counselling are developed in small groups of three. These small groups give ample opportunity for participants to learn and practice counselling skills. They video record their sessions and the videos are used to allow participants to observe, analyse and improve their own counselling skills.

The therapeutic factors of counselling are investigated and discussed using the evidence found in the literature. This investigation becomes the foundation upon which participants assess and evaluate their own counselling skills.

During the course the participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the learning environment. At the end of the course participants submit a video recording of a counselling session which gives evidence of their practical skills. A written commentary accompanies the recording, describing how the theories of counselling are utilised during the session.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum KCSE C-
  • Interest or work experience in a helping field
  • Interest to learn and understand oneself
  • Counselling work experience is an added advantage

Participants who successfully satisfy the course objectives are awarded the Association’s Certificate in Counselling.

Diploma in Counselling

 

WHO
The course is open to people who are interested in developing a solid foundation in counselling to prepare them for higher learning and/or professional practice. It is one year part-time course delivered on the basis of either, one-day-per week or, four two-week blocks together with one-day-per-month meetings.

The course is designed to respond to the needs of those working therapeutically with clients in schools, primary health care, pastoral care, social work and related disciplines providing psychosocial services. The course forms a bridge between KAPC’s Certificate and KAPC’s Higher Diploma in Counselling Studies. The use of the internet is an integral part of the course and participants will be provided with their own web space.

 

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Bachelor of Arts in Counselling (BA)

 
 KAPC’s portfolio of training courses will now be complete with the commencement of the Bachelor of Arts in Counselling (BA). The BA will start in September 2010 and will last for 3 years. This course is being offered by KAPC in collaboration with The University of Manchester UK.
 
The need for the BA is given further significance because of recent developments in Kenya. There has been a change in the professional career structure and this has led to a demand for an undergraduate degree in counselling. 
 

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Higher Diploma in Counselling Studies

Higher Diploma in Counselling Studies

WHO

The course is designed for those who wish to gain a practical, professional and academic qualification in counselling. Participants develop an extensive knowledge of psychology and its application to counselling. They also become experienced in the practical skills of counselling and how to achieve therapeutic outcomes for clients. The use of the internet is an integral part of the course and participants will be provided with their own web space.

 

CONTENT
The course takes one year and is part-time with five modules:

·Personal Development and Self awareness

·Psychological theories of counselling

·Counselling in Context

·Practice and process of counselling

·Research Methodology

Psychological theories of counselling will equip the participants with a critical awareness of counselling and its practical applications. Participants are expected to explore the theoretical aspects of counselling and to develop an eclectic approach, which will become the foundation for their personal practice. Research is explored through quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Participants identify an appropriate topic that they are interested in to investigate. Then they design and operationalise a research methodology, discussing their findings and arriving at conclusions.

 

METHODOLOGY

Learning is participatory and experiential. Course members are encouraged to actively contribute to the learning environment. The academic content is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials. The practical training is based upon counselling skills gained from role-plays and monitored by video and audio recordings. Research is pursued through an exploration of counselling studies examining their methodologies and conclusions. Each participant is appointed to a personal tutor who supervises their work.

 

ASSESSMENT
Participants are assessed during the course by the submission of 4 written assignments. At the end of the course participants are required to submit a video recording and a research dissertation. The video recording provides evidence of the participant’s ability to create a therapeutic relationship with a client. A written commentary analyzing the skills and relating them to the theories and therapeutic outcomes of counselling accompanies the recording. The research dissertation explains how the research was chosen, how it was conducted and what results were obtained.

There are also a number of non-examinable components that participants are expected to satisfy.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Minimum KCSE C- or higher

  • Diploma in Counselling or a relevant field
  • Counselling work experience is an added advantage

 

 

Contact Us

Kenya Association of Professional Counsellors,

Parklands 2nd Avenue, off Limuru Road,
P.O. Box 55472 -00200 Nairobi,
Tel: 254(20)-3741051, 254(20)-3741056
Mobile 254-721296912, 254-733761242
Telefax: 254(20)-3741123.

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