The two year Professional Training Course in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation prepares students for entry level to the field of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Facilitation. Process Oriented Psychology is a wide spectrum method of psychotherapy and facilitation that both studies and works with the dynamics of human experience. It has many applications, particularly in working with individuals, couples, families, groups and organisations. The two year Professional Training Course is based on the principles of Process Oriented Psychology and broad spectrum counselling and communication theory.

This Course is specifically designed to create a learning program in which students can discover more about themselves. Self-knowledge and insight is a crucial element in the characteristics of an effective counsellor and this is prioritised along with a Professional Training and competence in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation.

Over the two year program the supportive and rigorous nature of the course equips students for a professional counselling role. The course format brings theory and practice together to enable graduates to course complete with an entry level of competence to undertake a career in counselling and facilitation.

The Professional Training Program is a qualification modelled on the standards of the Australian Qualification Framework. Graduates are required to practice according to industry standards of ethical practice for counsellors and to have an understanding of Australian Indigenous culture and history, as well as an understanding of issues pertaining to communities where English may be a second language.
Please note that ANZPOP reserves the right to vary any course content according to changes in local industry and international practice. ANZPOP may make minor changes to improve the course syllabus, the teaching objectives, course methodology and assessment criteria in response to feedback and as appropriate to developments in the field.

Student feedback about the course is encouraged and welcomed. Students will be asked for written feedback at the end of each training event. All ANZPOP students are part of the ANZPOP and IAPOP training networks, which periodically hold email and online forums for students to discuss any training issues and needs.

The cost is $13,500 paid over two years.

Payment plans are available on request.

Upon admission to the program students will receive a letter of confirmation from the Training Committee and an introductory letter of welcome from the Course Co-ordinator. The Course Co-ordinator will confirm training dates and times as well as outlining the Assignments and Assessment criteria. Details on how to join the online Course filing system “Dropbox” will also be outlined.

The course consists of twenty-eight training days in total and 200 hours of face to face tuition. In year one there are three Training Seminars each of four days duration. In year two there are four Training Seminars. Each Seminar contains two modules, each of two days duration, totalling fourteen modules overall.

There is a 1000-1200 word Pre-Seminar Reading Reflection that will be due seven days before each Seminar. This is followed by a 1500-2000 word Post-Seminar Theoretical Essay. The Essay requires students to link the relevant theory pertaining to the module to their counselling practice. Course teachers will outline and discuss the Assessment Marking Criteria with you for each Assessment item. Assessment items and participation in each training module is non-graded. However, students must achieve competency in the skills required in the assessment, whether this be self-reflection skills or skills in linking theoretical knowledge to practice. Marking guides for the Pre-Seminar Reading Reflection and the Post Seminar Theoretical Essay will be provided. Please note the requirements outlined below

1. The Reading Reflection is essentially a Book Review from both a theoretical and personal perspective (1,000 to 1,200 words). The Reflection is to be submitted electronically two weeks before the start of each Seminar
This assessment item will be non-graded but students must Achieve Competency (AC) or will be assessed as Not Yet Competent (NYC) and will be required to incorporate feedback and resubmit their work.

2. The Theoretical Essay (1,500 to 2,000 words) is due three weeks after the end of each Seminar. Students must Achieve Competency (AC) or will be assessed as Not Yet Competent (NYC) and will be required to incorporate feedback and resubmit their work.

3. Two Videos of a Counselling Skills Role Play are required per year. These will be due at the end of Semester I, II, III and IV. The videoed role play of an excerpt of a counselling session will be Graded and receive a mark from the two assessors. Students must Achieve Competency (AC) or will be assessed as Not Yet Competent (NYC) and will be required to incorporate feedback and resubmit their work.
Students who meet the assessment criteria well may receive a grade of Competency with Credit (CC) or Achieved Competency with Distinction (CD).

4. Client Counselling and Supervision Hours. Each student is required to complete 40 client contact hours over the two year course and have a minimum of 10 hours of Supervision for these sessions.

5. A Learning Journal is to be kept from a Process Oriented Psychology Perspective: marking criteria will be provided and discussed in class. Students must Achieve Competency (AC) or will be assessed as Not Yet Competent (NYC) and will be required to incorporate feedback and resubmit their work.

6. Training Therapy: Students who have not already completed personal counselling sessions are encouraged to complete a minimum of 10 hours counselling with a Process Oriented Diplomate.
Students will be asked to join the Course ‘Dropbox’ online filing system where electronic readings and other course material will be filed for student use.

The following reading is recommended for the course
Core textbooks:
 Corsini, R and Wedding, D (2014) Current Psychotherapies, 10th Edition, Brooks Cole.
 Dr Julie Diamond and Lee Spark Jones (2005), A Path Made By Walking, Lao Tse Press,
Additional Recommended Reading:
 Dr Arnold Mindell, Rivers Way, (1989) Penguin.


Year One
First Training Seminar Modules:
1. Transpersonal Counselling: Process Oriented Psychology a Post Jungian approach.
2. Understanding our Psychotherapy Practice through Inner Work and Mindfulness: Process Oriented Psychology Skills Integration
Second Training Seminar Modules:
3. The Psychodynamic Tradition: Similarities and differences to Process Oriented Psychology
4. Process Work Skills 1, Basic theory and Working with Body Symptoms
Third Training Seminar Modules:
5. The Third Wave: Narrative Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and the Rogerian Person Centred Approach – comparisons with Process Oriented Psychology
6. Process Oriented Psychology Skills (metaskills, dreams) Integration
Year Two
Fourth Training Seminar Modules:
7. Working with families and relationships (comparative)
8. Process Oriented Psychology Skills (Relationships, levels, rank privilege and conflict work ) and Integration
Fifth Training Seminar Modules:
9. Best Practice Working with Trauma and Abuse
10. Process Oriented Psychology Skills (process oriented abuse work, inner abuse, inner conflict work) and Integration
Sixth Training Seminar Modules:
11. Optimal Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction
12. Process Oriented Psychology Skills (extreme states and addiction work ) and Integration
Seventh Training Seminar Modules:
13. Process Oriented Facilitation in Groups – Diversity and Conflict, facilitators abuse, internalised abuse, rank privilege,
14. Process Oriented Skills – group work facilitation and inner work and Integration

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