Counselling Services

The Norwich Centre offers counselling, workshops and training courses. Counsellors working at the centre are all qualified to Diploma level, or are in training on a Diploma course.

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We offer a number of courses and workshops including counselling training from Introduction to Diploma level and Continuing Professional Development for counsellors.

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Norwich Centre Projects is committed to promoting the emotional, mental and spiritual health of people within organisations by the provision of professional counselling services.

Person-Centred Counselling Supervision: Theory and Practice

Date: 2020

Person-Centred Counselling Supervision: Thoery and Practice

We are taking expressions of interest in this course which we are planning to run in 2020.  The course was previsouly run at the Norwich Centre some years ago and we beleive to time is right to offer it again. 

We believe that in person-centred supervision, particular emphasis must be paid to the relationships between the supervisee and his/her clients and between the supervisor and the supervisee.

By offering the core conditions (empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard) to the supervisee, the supervisor works to create a safe relationship where the supervisee can look critically at all aspects of her/his work.   There are times when in order to help the supervisee practise at his/her best, the focus will be more on the supervisee than the client, to discover what may be inhibiting him/her from offering the core conditions, thus preventing him/her from functioning adequately as a supervisor.

Objectives of the Course

We would expect trainees finishing the course to be thoroughly grounded in the person- centred theory of counselling and how this relates to supervision.   We  would expect the trainees to have a comprehensive understanding of the functions, tasks and responsibilities of a supervisor. The objectives of the course have been mapped to the BACP Counselling Supervision Training Curriculum. 

The work of a supervisor is complex and combines such roles as teacher, evaluator, counsellor, monitor of professional ethics and issues and monitor of administrative aspects.   We see the objectives of our course as enabling the trainees to become fully versed in the functions and roles and be able to integrate them in a person-centred way.   Trainees will be afforded the opportunity of examining their current supervision practice in depth through monitored skills training and group discussion. 

We also will be looking at how counselling and supervision operate in a social context and how they fit in to society today. 

The learning contexts which the course will provide will attempt to reflect the key elements of person-centred supervision whereby the supervisor is seen not as the ‘expert’, but as an experienced co-worker   Trainees and tutors will work together to establish a supportive but challenging environment within which each course member can develop his or her own personal style of supervision informed by sound theoretical knowledge and regular feedback from tutors and peers.   Whole group, small group and triads will be employed for theoretical input, discussions, skills training and detailed exploration of practice.    Extensive use will be made of video and audio recording.

Course Structure

The course totals sixty seven and a half tutor-contact hours and twelve hours of peer consultation made up as follows:

1.       Five non-residential weekends (Saturday and Sunday) of thirteen and a half hours each;

2.       Four meetings of small study groups between weekends. The  membership and meeting  arrangements of each group will be organised by trainees on the first weekend.

Weekend One:   Presentation of  personal statement in small groups;  assessment of current supervision experience and theoretical sophistication in the key concepts of person-centred therapy.

Weekend Two:  The supervisory relationship and the key functions of person-centred supervision.

Weekend Three:  The relationship between person-centred theory, person-centred supervision and the development of a personal style in supervision practice.   The theory of parallel process or ‘mirroring’ in person-centred supervision.   Preparation for assessment.

Weekend Four:  Supervision and the outside world - issues of ethics and boundaries.

Weekend Five:  Ending supervision relationships, presentation of assessment statements and course ending.

To express your interest in this course please email us or phone 01603 617709

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