The introductory course will help those who are involved in various aspects of church life to increase their understanding of how people function and improve their interpersonal skills. It will also be helpful for those who wish to explore the whole area of counselling, in particular Christian counselling based on the work of Larry Crabb and Selwyn Hughes.

    The Introduction Course OCN Level 2 is recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors, and is intended as preparation for the Certificate in Counselling (OCN Level 3).

    Course Details

    By the end of the course we hope that participants will be able to:

    1. Define a Christian model of counselling.
    2. Use the skills of attending, active listening, empathy, questioning and summary.
    3. Discuss the importance of both confidentiality and the particular qualities of an effective counsellor.
    4. Outline major counselling theories.
    5. Explore their own reactions to the course material and develop general self-awareness.

    Please note that 100% attendance and successful completion of the assignments is required in order to receive the course certificate.

    Course Dates, Costs and Location

    Course dates for 2019:

    Weekend 1
    Friday 8th March – 7pm to 10pm
    Saturday 9th March – 9am to 5:30pm

    Weekend 2
    Friday 5th April – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
    Saturday 6th April – 9am to 6pm

    Weekend 3
    Friday 10th May – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
    Saturday 11th May – 9am to 6pm

    Weekend 4
    Friday 14th June – 6:30pm to 9:45pm
    Saturday 15th June – 9:30am to 4:30pm

    As well as attending the course there are a number of written assignments and we suggest that you will need at least an additional 25-30 hours for reading and completing these. Please be encouraged that some of the assignments will not need to be submitted until after the course has ended.

    Course Costs are:
    £390 (includes a £60 non-returnable deposit). Balance to be paid by the first day of the course. Note: it is possible to pay by instalments by prior agreement.
    Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own lunch for the Saturday sessions.

    Course Location is:
    Central Hall, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF. Free parking is available


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