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Qualification - Certificate in Counselling (Care Professionals)

Course CodeVPS005
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Study Counselling for Care Professionals!

  • If you are a care professional and want to learn more about using couselling skills in your job,
  • OR you want to work in the care field, then study this Certificate in Counselling For Care Professionals.
  • You can study the course in the comfort of your own home
  • Supported by our highly qualified and friendly tutors.
  • Study six 100 hour modules.
  • There are FOUR CORE modules of - Introduction to Counselling, Counselling Skills I, Psychology and Counselling and Life Coaching.
  • You then choose the remaining TWO elective modules from a list of Counselling and Psychology courses.  Find more information below - 


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Counselling (Care Professionals).
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Introduction To Psychology BPS101
 Psychology & Counselling BPS102
 Life Coaching BPS305
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 6 of the following 9 modules.
 Biopsychology I BPS108
 Counselling Skills II BPS110
 Stress Management VPS100
 Aged Care BPS212
 Careers Counselling BPS202
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Grief Counselling BPS209
 Professional Practice In Counselling BPS207
 Crisis Counselling BPS304

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Counselling (Care Professionals) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Understanding Retirement
Disengagement Theory
Disengagement theory looks at ageing as a process of mutual withdrawal, where older adults voluntarily slow down. They do this by retiring, stopping work, and so on, as expected by society.  This mutual social withdrawal is thought to benefit society and the individual. The theory is focused on the psychological processes that lead to reduced involvement in the social environment.  Retirement generally leads to a sharp decline in social interaction, reduced life space, and a potential loss of self-esteem and morale. According to Disengagement Theory, not all older people experience these difficulties.  
Activity Theory
Activity theory sees a positive correlation between keeping active and ageing well. It holds that mutual social withdrawal goes against the ideas of activity, energy and industry.  
Neither model has been shown to be superior to the other. Hence, growing old can mean different things to different people. People who have been active in their younger lives will probably remain active as older adults, but those who were less active may become disengaged as they get older. 
The Activity Theory suggests that when a person retires they change one form of activity for another.  There is a natural inclination for many elderly people to associate with others, but participation in groups and community affairs can be disrupted by retirement.  Disengagement and re-engagement are counterbalancing tendencies.  With the disengagement theory, the person relinquishes their social roles, whilst with re-engagement they adopt new social roles, which prevents disengagement, social isolation, loneliness, and so on.

Atchley’s Model of Retirement
Robert Atchley developed a six phase model of retirement.  
  1. Pre-retirement Phase -The worker knows that retirement is approaching.  In the years prior to retirement the person will save money, think about what they want to do, and prepare for their change in life.
  2. Honeymoon Phase - This occurs immediately after the actual event. The person will enjoy their free time and undertake tasks that they have wanted to do for ages.
  3. Disenchantment Phase - The person begins to feel depressed about life and lack of things to do. They may feel tired and bored. 
  4. Reorientation Phase - This is when the person develops a more realistic approach to their time. They may re-evaluate activities and make decisions about what is the most important. They will set priorities for the next phase.
  5. Stability Phase - This is where the person develops a route and enjoys it. They may take on some form of routine that helps them to feel happy and important.
  6. Terminal Phase -This is the end of retirement, when either:
a. Illness or disability prevents the person from actively caring for themselves.  
b. The person decides to seek employment again; if fit and well enough to seek new employment. 

Retirement Counselling
Given that retirement whether voluntary or otherwise results in a distinct role change for the retiree, some people choose to seek counselling at this time in their life. Retirement is a critical turning point which can be traumatic and can cause restlessness in the individual, rather than rest. Whilst there are pre-retirement programmes, often provided by large companies or local councils for their employees, these do not always provide a broad enough spectrum for many retirees. Also, retirees are often reluctant to involve themselves in these programmes because they believe it marks a transition towards the end of their lives. 
Counselling in this area tends to follow a holistic approach. That is, the client is viewed as a whole person rather than focusing on their individual problems. Counsellors can play an important role in providing information, discussing meaningful choices, and offering a trusting environment in which the client can feel comfortable raising problems. The counsellor needs to be sensitive to the fact that concerns about retirement may represent anxiety about ageing. Typically, the counsellor will work with the client to assist the client in finding ways to: 
  • Make use of their resources for future requirements 
  • Make their leisure time meaningful, for example, through seeking part time employment, undertaking volunteer work, or engaging in hobbies  
  • Plan wills and distribution of estates 
  • Enrol in further education, such as night school courses 
  • Obtain suitable housing
  • Establish adequate health and safety measures 
  • Develop and maintain relationships and support networks.
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