How to Survive Counselling Training (a students guide) Download

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How to Survive Counselling Training (a students guide) is my first attempt at ‘writing’ . I offer you this ‘guide’ with the same mixture of trepidation and heady excitement I experienced on my very first day as a Diploma student at Tameside College in 2002.

The guide was ‘born’ from a number of conversations through the years with colleagues regarding the changing face of counselling and the greater expectations placed on all practitioners be they in training or qualified practice.

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In 2002 the counselling world was a different place, the BACP ethical framework had become a unified document which covered trainers, practitioners and students under one ethical umbrella, previously each discipline had its own code of ethics, halfway through training we had buy new ethical guides and have a section of the course re-taught to cover the new framework.

Charities that provided placements for student counsellors had not yet taken the title of ‘The third sector’ a phrase which entered the lexicon of language as a description for the growing ‘corporatisation’ of the charitable sector.

This step change meant that services which had previously been supplied by government sectors such as the NHS and local government were supplied by independent charitable organisation accountable to ‘partners’ a colloquial phrase for funders.

The murder of Victoria Climbié in 1999 and the failure of the many organisations of whom she had contact to identify the risk of harm and to intervene, led to an investigation by Lord Laming which was published in the January of 2003.

The report made uncomfortable reading as it became clear certain areas of the medical and social work profession had not adhered the ‘Caldicott ‘ principles, a set of guidelines published in 1997 defining the limits of confidentiality and crucially when information could have be shared which may have saved the life of Victoria .

In 2004 the qualification bar was lifted, taking counselling qualifications that allowed someone to call themselves a ‘qualified counsellor’ from Level 3 (the equivalent of A levels) to Level 4 (the equivalent of the first year of a degree).

This qualification step change signalled that counselling had moved from an ‘emerging’ profession to stand alongside other medical disciplines as a choice of intervention and support. Crucially it also highlighted the growing awareness of a general public who as consumers demanded both high standards , value for money and a route to complain if they felt the service offered did not fit their needs or was not ‘fit for purpose’.

And that brings me back to the guide and my intent to supply a realistic view of what is expected from student counsellors and some of the more practical aspects of building and maintaining a high quality of practice for clients, while retaining your sanity.

I hope it will answer some of your questions and supply the basic fieldwork necessary to underpin your studies and provide a realistic overview of the growing expectations of the profession, because our clients deserve nothing less.

I would like to offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks for those who have supported me in my endeavours they are, Kenneth Kelly for his web wizardry and for supporting me through the ‘wobbles’ of being a virgin writer, Karen Peters, for her kind introduction, attention to detail in editing the guide and being a great ‘supporter’.

A special mention for Deb ‘Detail’ Instone, my friend and fellow teaching ‘pilot’ who brings so much to the counselling teaching provision at Warrington Collegiate.

Finally to all the students who have followed Counselling Resource and now, because you make it what it is.

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5 thoughts on “How to Survive Counselling Training (a students guide) Download”

  1. magdalena gibson

    Full of practical advice for placement searching students. Very timely. Thanks, Rory!

  2. Hi Rory,

    Many thanks for this. As a Level 3 student (and I've just been offered a place on a Foundation Degree in Counselling), I have found your guide really useful. My next step is to find a placement and I'm very grateful for your advice on how to do to that. Counselling is like no other subject and only other counselling students/tutors/counsellors really understand the difficulties and bizarre world of counselling, so I found your guide very reassuring. I'm also in my mid (well, ok, I'll be honest, late) 40s and your honesty about going back into education was appreciated.

    Thank you very much for this and your videos. I stumbled upon you by accident and I'm so very glad I did!

    Good luck with your Masters, I  hope you go for it!!

    Best wishes, Liz 🙂


  3. lindsay Pearson

    Hi Rory 🙂

    well what can I say! What a fantastic read. Thank you Rory, and best of luck with your masters…. You will ace it!

    best wishes…

    lindsay Pearson 🙂

  4. Gerald Hindley

    What an excellent guide Rory. I thought that it flowed very well and made me laugh out loud on four occasions. The theme throughout the book was that it wasn't full of academic language, just honest bluntness but nicely wrapped and packaged. It would certainly be a great help to all students in clearing away some of the fog. In particular for those looking for placements the template letters and suggested strategies will certainly ease what is a frustrating and difficult process.And thank you for sharing yourself and for being so candid regarding the supervision process too. An enjoyable and useful read and one which I guess you could use in the classroom when all those panicky questions come along at the end of an exhausting session, " Rory…what about……???"  You can say, " erm, read the book! "

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