The first component of your training course will consist out of a recap of the theory that you have already encountered in your tertiary studies, as well as additional more practically applicable theoretical information. Depending on the group; we might either skip certain components in class and require of you to recap on your own or go through it thoroughly in class to get everyone up to speed.
The second component of your training course will consist of your practical training. This will already start in your first four weeks, where we will require of you 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 do some role play. This part of the training will already count towards 20 of your required number of hours.
The third component of your training course is the internships that we have organised with various institutions. The aim here is to give you an opportunity to not only observe, but also 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 experience. Please note that, to register with the ASCHP, you will have to complete a minimum of 100 hours. 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 formal Humanitas Certificate of Completion; after completing an additional 120 hours of practical work under supervision (220 in total).
These hours will be more flexible than your first four weeks of theory, but please note that you have a total of three months after your theoretical component has finished, to complete your total of 220 hours with these specific institutions (remember that 20 hours will already have been completed within your 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Vita Nova cannot take responsibility for any restrictions that organisations have put in place as a result of COVID-19. We strongly reccomend that each student organises at least one of his/her own practical opportunities so as to better the chances of completing hours in time.
The fourth component of your training course is the mandatory, supervision. During these sessions, your supervisor is going to mentor and guide you through the cases that you are dealing with in your internships. Vita Nova will offer you free supervision for a total of a three-month period after your theoretical month has finished. In other words; if you join the February intake, your practicals and supervision will start in March and you will receive free supervision until end of May.
Should you not have completed your 220 hours before the end of the three months, you can join the next group of student’s supervision groups @ R180 per hour. (Please note that your supervision sessions will count towards your hours).
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 written exam as well as the hand-in of your assignments.