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Theory and Practical Group Therapy (30Hrs.)

Course Detail:

Students will read the required textbook or manual for each section below and answer a series of essay-type questions relating to the material in the textbook. They will submit their answers by uploading them to their individual folder on Google Drive. The Instructor will evaluate the answers and give the student a mark. 80% is a pass for each section. The student must attain an 80% average of all 3 courses to pass. A certificate will be given to a successful student. The Instructor will provide support if needed for the duration of the program. Prospective students can challenge the sections below based on prior learning.

This is another Level towards a Counselling Diploma and membership in ACCT.

Course Description:

Irving Yalom brings over 46 years of experience to a book hailed as a classic. Beginners and Advanced students will benefit from his “mechanisms of change”. Eleven mechanisms of change with corresponding therapeutic approaches based on them. These mechanisms will enable Counsellors to modify and adapt these processes to fit any group therapy situation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Utilize and adapt the 11 Therapeutic Factors.
  • Understand and incorporate interpersonal learning and interpersonal relationships in group therapy.
  • Understand the importance of group cohesiveness.
  • Include and understand the importance of the Client’s view, differences in view.
  • Create and maintain the group, build culture, and group norms.
  • Work in the here and now, activation, process focus, helping the process orientation. Use of the past, and group as a whole.
  • The Therapist: Transference and Transparency, Transparency in the therapy group.
  • Select Group member, exclusion and inclusion.
  • Understand the composition of therapy groups – understanding the process within each group and tailoring the work to meet the needs of each member.
  • Factor in place, time, considerations, duration, frequency and preparation.
  • Beginnings – formative stages of the group.
  • Advanced groups, conflict in the group and self‐disclosure.
  • Problem group members
  • Specialized Groups and other considerations for the Therapist.
  • Group Therapy history ‐ encounter groups
  • Training the Group Therapist

Person‐Centred Therapy  (30hrs.)

New Frontiers In Theory and Practice Dave Mearns and Brain Thorpe With guest chapters by Elke Lambers and Margaret Warner Sage Publications 2000

Course Description:

Person‐Centred Counselling offers students at all levels theory and practices deeply grounded in the most valued theory and practices and new cutting edge ideas and practices.This course will focus on a person-centred counsellor's capacity for relational depth, understanding human potential and moving towards being fully human.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understanding Person-Centred Counselling as a therapeutic modality in its foundation as well as it’s place in a world filled with unprecedented challenges and  cross‐cultural conflicts.
  • Accompany a client on an inner journey of personal exploration – relational depth.
  • Person‐Counselling and the subjective experience of the client.
  • Clearly understand the profound and subtle elegance of this approach.
  • The heart of Person‐Centred Counselling – spiritual and existential.
  • Person‐Centred Counselling and parts therapy.
  • Reacquaint, understand and utilize: unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence in relationship with clients and self.
  • Supervision in person‐centred counselling: facilitating congruence.
  • Person‐centred counselling at the difficult edge: a developmentally based model of fragile and dissociated process.

Foundational Ideas (30 Hrs.)  

Course Description:

  • Students will explore and study the legacy left by Virginia Satir. Including insights into human behaviour and guidelines for the application of principles to enhance growth and promote unity.
  • Virginia Satire was adamant that the processes and skills she offered be teachable and learnable.
  • Students will study her foundational ideas, her triad model, model for change, her communication theory among many other processes

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this course the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  • Understanding Virginia Satir’s foundational ideas.
  • Understand one view of the triad concept. Explore and study couples relationships through the Parts PartyStudy in-depth Virginia Satir’s model for change.
  • How change in one area impacts and facilitates change in the couple and family. Understand and explore family reconstruction.
  • Explore Virginia Satire’s deep conviction in the essential goodness at the core of the human being and how that has impacted relationships with the toughest of clients.
  • Explore Eugene Genelin’s Focusing work in relationship with Virginia Satir’s work.


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