Open Training Course
Introductory Certificate in Counselling Skills: Decolonising Therapeutic Practice
Next Course starting Tuesday, February 27th 2024
The course is a thirty-six-hour (in-person) counselling skills certificate. Specifically, the focus is on gaining competence in working with people with a legacy of European domination, such as slavery and colonialism, primarily within the British context. The course is open to all. Over 10 weeks, you will learn about listening in a skilled way which is often an important step in finding solutions to relational difficulties in the workplace and in personal life. The course is also a preparation for training as a counsellor or psychotherapist and developing supportive frameworks and relationships for your potential journey into the Eurocentric world of the therapy profession.
The main sessions are in-person, with tutorials and self-reflection groups taking place online.
Course Dates and Times
Course Dates 2024
This upcoming course will run on Tuesday Evenings starting on the 27th Feb 2024 and ending on the 05th of May 2024 – 6:15 pm – 9:15 pm. The three Self-reflection groups will take place online on Wednesdays – 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
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Self-reflection group facilitator: Dennis L Carney
Psychosynthesis Trust 92-94 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2TH
About the course
The course is a thirty-six-hour (in-person) counselling skills certificate. Specifically, this and further qualifications focus on gaining competence in working with people with a legacy of European domination, such as slavery and colonialism, primarily within the British context.
There is a focus on developing counselling skills and increasing self-awareness. This course emphasises an experiential style of learning. Central to counselling skills practice is the idea that to understand the experience of another person, you must first understand your own. The course is structured so that students learn not only from what is taught but also by actively engaging in exercises. Much of the learning is in small groups, and there is an emphasis on students, where appropriate, sharing and reflecting on their own experiences.
Counselling skills can help you gain insight into how to deal effectively and helpfully with people who are distressed, or you may find challenging. These skills can be useful at work and in your personal life. You will practice basic counselling skills, such as how to accurately reflect back what a person is saying, summarising, and asking open-ended questions.
You will also learn about the skill of ‘active listening’
- being with a person and at the same time being able to step back
- the ability to be with a person without introducing your own agenda
- to accept on their terms what they are saying, and at the same time to be genuine yourself.
Learning styles and neurodiverse needs
We strive to make our course materials and teaching methods inclusive and accessible to all learners, including those with different learning styles and neurodiverse needs.
- Learning basic core counselling skills and theory, including the impact of oppression.
- Exploring the damage from the legacy of British slavery, colonialism
- Exploring the impact of immigration and asylum within a context of racism
- Linking the social, cultural, economic and political context to psychological suffering.
- Empowering students to find their voice within their racial, ethnic and cultural identity.
- To begin exploring how counselling can lead to healing and well-being.
- To bring an ancestral, spiritual and collective focus to healing.
- Recognition that oppression is a significant factor contributing to people’s distress
- Working intersectionally on our multiple identities.
- Exploring the theories of African, South Asian and Caribbean practitioners.
Core Attitudes and Skills
- Developing awareness of oppression and the psychological dynamics
- Developing a capacity for empathic responses
- Identifying and responding to the impact of oppression
- Identifying and responding to the trauma of racism
The certificate in counselling skills begins the process of lifetime learning and healing.
Each session will be made up of three parts: theory, practice and self-development. In the theory seminar, you will learn about counselling skills and some key ideas in counselling theory. In the practice section, you will divide into small groups where you will practice these skills, usually with one person in the role of listener, one as a client and one or two as observers to give feedback. For personal development, there will be what is called an experiential group. This is an opportunity to explore your own response to the course, your interactions with other people and, where appropriate, the process of the group itself. This learning process can happen at any point in the workshop, but the experiential group is a place where this can be explored in more depth.
- Weekly reflective learning journals
- An individual student presentation
- A final reflective tutorial
Self-reflection group facilitator: Dennis L Carney
Guest tutors: to be confirmed
Who Is It For
The Introductory Certificate in Counselling Skills: Decolonising Therapeutic Practice is open to those who:
- wish to learn more about what Counselling is within the context of decolonising therapeutic practice.
- want to use Counselling Skills at work or in private life, including teachers, social workers and others in the helping professions.
- are thinking about becoming a counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist.
- have some awareness about the dynamics of oppression and privilege, including awareness of white privilege.
The course will prioritise individuals from the global majority who are new to counselling so that they make up the majority of the attendees.
This is an open-access course. You do not need particular qualifications or work experience to attend this course. Undertaking counselling training at any level can be a psychologically, as well as intellectually, demanding process. Personal qualities we are looking for in trainees include:
- Openness to forming and maintaining therapeutic relationships with others.
- The ability to engage in experiential learning.
- A willingness to tolerate difference
- The capacity to develop empathy
- The ability to reflect on experiences.
- Openness to feedback from tutors and peers.
This requires a degree of psychological robustness. Having had a mental health diagnosis or difficulty in the past is not, necessarily, a barrier to training; however, we do need to consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. For this reason, we may ask about mental health during the application process, and BAATN reserves the right to decline admission to applicants whom we assess would not, at this time, be able to benefit from this course or for whom it might be too unsettling.
- 36hrs in total that will include theory of counselling, legacy and dynamics of oppression, group process, basic listening skills and practice
- Complete a weekly reflective journal and an individual presentation
To receive a certificate of learning, students must meet the following requirements: attend at least 80% of the course sessions, complete a reflective journal, give an individual presentation, and demonstrate evidence of taking a psychological journey through the training course.
Students who have not met the criteria above will receive a letter of attendance only at the end of the course.
- As part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a reference from someone who has known them personally or professionally for at least two years.
- Additionally, an interview will be conducted to assess the applicant’s ability to work effectively in a group setting and to ensure that they understand the expectations of the course.
In a work situation, you are often faced with a problem that does not require just a practical solution. The ability to listen in a skilled way that enables a person to talk about an issue is often an important first step in finding a solution. This Introductory Course will both teach you these skills and allow you to practice them so you feel confident to use them in the workplace. The skills you will learn on this course can be part of your ongoing CPD programme.
Psychosynthesis Trust 92-94 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2TH
This course is a first step that acts as a gateway and a preparation for other training.
Further BAATN courses will be available in the future as below. Register your interest to attend.
- Intermediate Certificate – intermediate level course leading on from certificate level (60 hrs.)
- Advance Certificate – intermediate level course leading on from certificate level (150 hrs.)
- Diploma Course – the course will run over two years with 200 hours in each training year. The diploma will be developed to meet the criteria of a recognised registering body, (such as BACP) so students can apply to register as qualified professional members on completion (400 hrs.)
Terms and Conditions
Once you receive a conditional offer of a place on our Introductory Certificate in Counselling Skills: Decolonising Therapeutic Practice course, you have 21 days to pay your course fee in full by bank transfer. After that deadline, if your place has not been secured by paying your fee in full, your conditional offer will be automatically moved to our waiting list.
Students who have secured their place on a course and can no longer attend it are permitted to transfer their place once to another Introductory Certificate in Counselling Skills: Decolonising Therapeutic Practice course, as long as we are able to fill their place (please note: places are subject to availability).
Should you withdraw from your course 14 days prior to the start date or within the 14-day period and we can fill your place, we will refund your course fee in full. Should you withdraw after commencing the course, there is no refund.
Can I still apply if I’ve missed the deadline?
It is always worth contacting admissions email@example.com to see if we have places still available, even if you have missed the deadline.
What happens after I have applied?
Your application will be reviewed, and if it passes this initial screening, you will be invited for an interview. If you are accepted, you will be sent a contract to confirm your place on the course. Your application is complete once we have received your reference.
Do I need to prepare anything for the interview?
The purpose of the interview is for the tutors to assess your suitability for the course. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have regarding the training. Please be prepared to elaborate on anything you may have included in your application. The interview will explore your capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection, as well as your academic abilities. It is important that we are sure that you are sufficiently robust emotionally to undertake the training, so it will be searching.
General Training Enquiries
How long does it take to qualify as a counsellor or psychotherapist?
It could take at least four to five years. If you haven’t done any training in counselling/psychotherapy before, you will need to start with the Foundation certificate course.
How many students are in a class?
We aim to have around 16 students in the class.
Can I still apply if I have had a mental health issue in the past?
Having had a mental health diagnosis or problem in the past is not necessarily, a barrier to training, and some people are able to train whilst managing a level of ongoing difficulty; however, we do need to carefully consider whether there is a danger of the training exacerbating mental health problems in applicants. We also need to consider the well-being of any current or future clients. For this reason, we will ask about mental health during the application process, and BAATN reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants whom we judge would not, at this time, be able to benefit from our training.
What level of English do I need to study on the course?
Students must be competent in the English language; [we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification]. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate a capacity to study in English.
How to Apply
Download the Application Form
Complete the Application Form then attach it to the online submission form.
Please ensure each section of the Application Form is fully completed in order for your application to be considered for this course.
Future course dates:
- 21st May 2024
- 17th September 2024
If you have any further questions, please see our FAQs page above or email admissions firstname.lastname@example.org