LifeLine runs two counselling courses a year and the second for 2018 is about to kick off with information sessions occurring right now (soccer metaphors are a Thing right now).
These courses have two components and not everybody makes it through both. The first part is essential Personal Growth and Interpersonal Skills for anyone who wishes to explore all aspects of their life, promote their own growth and self-awareness as well as their ability to hear and relate more meaningfully to others in their lives.
The course is an exciting and challenging process - the learning takes place in small groups, each with two experienced LifeLine Facilitators. We work on the principles of respect, non-judgment and personal responsibility – based on the person-centered approach of Carl Rogers.
We take great care to create a safe and appropriate space and while the greatest growth comes from fully engaging in the group no one is ever forced to participate. Trainees are encouraged to experiment with their own reactions and responses to others, as well as to learn better and more effective ways of communicating.
The first twelve (12) sessions of Module 1 are devoted to Personal Growth and Self-Awareness. Trainees are encouraged to learn as much about themselves as they possibly can, because LifeLine believes that in order to enter someone else's world you must first know your own world. The remaining ten (10) sessions in module 2, focus on learning specific counselling skills.
On completion of both modules of the course those who wish to, may put themselves forward for selection as counsellors.