NRC campus offers training for counsellors

James Davies, assistant head of department for childcare and counselling from Northern Regional College, Deirdre Coughlan, counselling lecturer from Northern Regional College. INNT 12-815CON
James Davies, assistant head of department for childcare and counselling from Northern Regional College, Deirdre Coughlan, counselling lecturer from Northern Regional College. INNT 12-815CON

A number of counsellors gathered at the Northern Regional College in Newtownabbey for a recent briefing session with their colleagues.

Over 40 counsellors in total attended the event, which outlined the requirements for supervising trainee counsellors on part-time counselling programmes.

James Davies, assistant head of department for childcare and counselling explained: “Supervised practice is an essential part of the learning experience for counselling students.

“We are using this event to brief our carefully selected counselling supervisors, to enable them to provide a high level of mentoring to our learners.

“This benefits the learner in developing a professional skillset and the college by forming strong professional links with the counselling industry.”

The college provides an extensive number of part-time counselling qualifications, ranging from levels two to six. These include a foundation degree in counselling, and a level four certificate in counselling studies. Both of these qualifications are validated by Ulster University.

They also offer a number of courses via CPCAB. This is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in counselling qualifications. Many of the qualifications include a module on supervised practice.

At the recent briefing session, counsellors were provided with the knowledge required to enable them to supervise Northern Regional College counselling students.

In addition to the portfolio of counselling courses, there are a number of short courses to counselling agencies and community groups.

For further information contact james.davies@nrc.ac.uk.