Components of this training (4 months in total)
Theoretical training (4 Weeks)
The first component of your training course will consist of theoretical and practical training.
Some of the modules will be a bit of a theoretical recap, while other modules will be completely new to you. The focus during these four weeks will fall on the practical application of the theory, in a counselling session.
Therefore, you will be required to practice the skills taught in class, on one another. We might also require of you to divide into smaller groups to work through case studies and to do some role play. This part of the training will already count towards 20 of your required total of 220 hours.
This first component of your training is 4 weeks long and presented in-person by 5 different lecturers, each an expert in their respective fields. The in-person training is presented in Pretoria.
Class will be from Mondays to Fridays from 9h00 – 14h30/15h00. Attendance of these 4 weeks is compulsory. Due to the practical nature of the course we can unfortunately not present the course online as it will lose a lot of its value.
You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course. Your class attendance and contributions in class discussions will count towards your final grade. The last couple of days of your theoretical component will consist of a group presentation, based on a case study as well as the hand-in of your assignments. Assignments are aimed at equipping you to successfully embark on your counselling career.
You will for example draw up documentation such as counselling contracts, confidentiality agreements as well as information leaflets that you will be able to utilise in future. Other short assessments will guide you towards becoming a more skilled counsellor.
Practical Training: Internships (3 Months)
The second component of your training course will consist of your practical hours. The aim here is to give you an opportunity to not only observe and learn from different organisations but also to practice the skills that you will be acquiring throughout this training course.
You will not be placed at one specific institution, but rather, will work at various different organisations, so as to give you a broader variety of counselling related experiences.
Each student will also be added to our Free Online Counselling Webpage, on the Vita Nova website, where the public can request free, online counselling sessions. Clients will then be able to request a Zoom session with a specific student and these sessions will also count towards your practical hours.
Please note that in order to register with the ASCHP, you will have to complete a minimum of 100 hours of practical experience. After your first 100 hours under supervision, you will receive a certificate to acknowledge the completion of these hours and we will assist you with your registration.
However, you will only receive your final Humanitas Certificate of Completion; after completing an additional 120 hours of practical work under supervision (220 in total).
Your practical hours will start in week 5.
Your practical hours will be more flexible and you should be able to schedule these around your other commitments.
You have a total of three months after your theoretical component has finished, to complete the total of 220 hours with these specific institutions (remember that 20 hours will already have been completed within the first 4 weeks).
Failure to complete your hours in the given three month – period is not the end of the world! You can still work towards your 220 hours, however, you will have to arrange your own internships/practicals, as the placements that we have secured for the Humanitas training course, will then be utilized for the next group of students.
We have secured in-person placements for our students at various organisations in and around the Pretoria and Johannesburg area, as well as secured and created opportunities for online counselling via platforms such as Zoom and Teams.
There are a variety of organisations from which students can choose; covering a wide variety of fields including trauma counselling, grief and loss counselling, teenage counselling, victims of abuse and violence, marriage and relationship counselling and much more. All fall within the ASCHP’s scope of practice.
Students are also encouraged to arrange their own placements with institutions or organisations of their choosing, especially if you reside outside of Pretoria or Johannesburg. There are however various online counselling opportunities you can still make use of in order to complete voluntary hours.
Mentorship, Guidance & Supervision
The third component of your training course is the mandatory, supervision.
Throughout your practicals (3 months) you will receive regular supervision from Vita Nova. During these sessions, your supervisor is going to mentor and guide you through the cases that you are dealing with in your internships.
Supervision will count towards your hours and will be offered to you as a part of your course, for a three-month period, after your theoretical month has finished.
Should you not have completed your 220 hours before the end of the three months, you can join the next group of students’ supervision groups at R180 per hour.
Supervision is compulsory in order to complete your voluntary hours and receive your certificates. Some organisations offer in-house supervision as support on relevant cases, in addition to your online, weekly supervision from the Vita Nova Counselling centre.
All supervision will be offered by either registered social workers, specialist wellness counsellors, registered counsellors or psychologists. Group supervision will take place on a weekly basis. Supervision takes place online via Microsoft Teams, and will consist of 4 students per group. Cases will be discussed, ideas and knowledge shared in order to equip you to plan your process and conduct ethical practice. Guidance with cases is offered throughout your practical training.
You will also have the opportunity to engage in practical student contact sessions regarding self-care as well as working with teenagers.