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Course contents

1.Setting up as a counsellor
  • How to get started
  • What skills should you develop?
  • We also help to assess your strengths and weaknesses
2. Stress, depression and suicide
  • Stress
  • Getting the right level of stress
  • Identifying stress
  • Conquering stress
  • Getting in control
  • Other ways a client can conquer stress
  • Depression
  • Symptoms of depression
  • Treating the depressed client
  • Self image
  • Endogenous depression
  • Anti-depressants
  • Panic attacks
  • Getting more sleep
  • Techniques for getting sleep
  • Suicide
3. Interviewing skills
  • Responding to a prospect's enquiry
  • The initial session
  • Ending the initial session
  • The client who wants to start straightaway
  • The counselling process
  • A note about medical conditions
  • Your goal
  • Don't offer solutions
  • When the client asks for advice
  • Helping the client reach a conclusion
  • Psychosomatic illness
  • Many problems don't have a solution
  • When counselling fails
  • Listening skills
  • Become an expert listener
  • The value of silence
  • Questions
  • The ‘Presenting Problem’ Challenging the client
  • 'Treat me like I'm a six year old'
  • Understand yourself
  • The right attributes
4. Life and love, sexuality and partnerships
  • Understanding the client’s goals
  • Self assertiveness
  • Role play
  • Marriage guidance and divorce
  • Attitudes towards the relationship
  • Adultery
  • Loss of libido (sex drive)
  • Problems in the relationship
  • Infertility
  • Sexual difficulty
  • Homosexuality
  • Fetishism and transvestites
  • Paedophilia
  • Rape
  • Discussing money matters
5. Counselling young people
  • Children's problems
  • Children who bully or are bullied
  • Disruptive or attention-seeking children
  • Phobias
  • Eating problems
  • Separated parents
  • Child abuse
  • Dealing with physical child abuse
  • The adult abuse victim
  • Adoption
  • Getting work from schools
  • Your first meeting with the young person
  • Shoplifting
  • Discussion Weekends
  • Family Therapy
  • Issues in family therapy
6. Substance abuse: alcohol and drugs
  • The counsellor's attitude towards drugs
  • Smoking
  • Smoking and the counsellor
  • Drinking
  • Tranquillisers
  • Solvent abuse
  • Illegal drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • LSD
  • Amphetamines
  • Ecstasy
  • Cannabis
  • Gambling
  • Children's gambling
  • Food
  • Dealing with the addict
  • In an emergency
7. The elderly. Death and bereavement counselling
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Getting reminiscence therapy work
  • Counselling the dying
  • Talking about pain
  • Talking about death
  • Counselling the bereaved
  • Responding to emotion
  • Physical comforting
  • What you must not do
  • The practical aspects of death
  • About other organisations
  • Getting paid
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome
8. Counselling at work
  • Getting into a company
  • Watching for signs of stress
  • Get it down on paper
  • Vulnerable people
  • Helping people become more successful at work
  • Becoming independent
  • Improving the relationship with the boss
  • Time management
  • Body language
  • Eight ways to make the right impression
  • Four ways to use body language
  • Getting success away from work
  • A one day course on workplace counselling
  • Structure for a workplace course on counselling
  • A stress management course
9. How to find clients
  • The types of clients
  • How will you position yourself?
  • Types of counselling
  • Source of work
  • Getting clients from advertising, publicity and networking
  • The media
  • Writing an ad
  • PR
  • Mailshot
  • A leaflet
  • Getting referrals from an organisation
  • Client referrals
  • How to find companies and professional organisations
  • Local companies
  • Response rates
  • Talking about counselling
  • Competition
  • Responding to a client's question about competitors
  • Product-based solutions
10. The advanced counsellor
  • How much should you charge?
  • Putting up your charges
  • Premiums
  • Discounts
  • Payment
  • Terminating the sessions
  • The counselling business
  • Keeping clients and the bank manager happy
  • Client files
  • Handling clients you don't like
  • Your business name
  • Keeping books
  • Tax
  • Liaising with other professionals
  • Using Transactional Analysis