At present there are eighteen 50 hour courses on offer, These are offered on a rotating basis in any given year (phone for details). All courses offered in Christchurch include a compulsory week-end.


The courses are open entry, apart from those with requisites and pre requisites. Applications are welcome from people without prejudice with regard to race, gender, religion or sexual preference. The specialist courses for the diploma courses have entry by interview only.

Attendance at the week-ends is compulsory. Attendance must be for the two days and commitment to attend weekly sessions is required.

Acceptance on any course is confirmed on receipt of a registration form and the required deposit of $100 NZ. The deposit is non refundable should a person withdraw from a course. The balance of the fees is required by 9 hours of attendance.

Counselling 101 Humanistic and Decision Making Counselling

This course focuses on the skills which are fundamental to the counselling process. They are applicable in the family, work place and community. It covers a complete model of counselling drawn from the humanistic and decision making theories.

201 Understanding Your Client

This course uses our understanding of individual differences to help us in helping others. It gives us knowledge to make career choices, accept others, and understand ourselves. Useful for those embarking on their career, wishing to change their career, get along better with others, and accepting the changes of the middle years.

202 Focusing

This course is designed to introduce the principles and practice of Focusing. It is experiential and is a pre-requisite for Focusing 301

Focusing is a step by -step process which involves paying attention to a bodily sense of a situation, a problem or a creative project. Access to an unclear bodily sense can be taught. It is more physical than feeling and forms at the juncture where meanings are bodily sensed. Creative change arises at this directly sensed edge of awareness whether in thinking, psychotherapy, self growth, art or healing.

203 Core Conflict Relationship Theme Counselling

This course deals with family of origin patterns of thought and behaviour. You learn to identify your deepest wish and f;ind out how it operates in your present life. A useful tool and methodology for working with children and those with social problems.

204 Transformation Counselling

This is a personal journey from birth to the present. The transformations that have occurred in your life are illuminated so you can see patterns . This leads onto an awareness which enables you to make changes in your life given your family of origin.

206 Developmental Counselling

People, whether adults or children, who are acting in an immature way or have lost a sense of direction to their lives, present a real challenge to any teacher or parent. To avoid being frustrated by such a person the parent/teacher needs to be familiar with the stages of the human life cycle and be skilled in helping the child or person  move to the next stage in their life cycle.  Simply telling someone to ‘grow up’ is not sufficient!

This course explores in depth the life cycle from the perspective of life-meaning and purpose. It teaches the skills of observation and insight into the life cycle and how to apply these in practical situations.

207 Group Dynamics

This course is designed fo those who wish to learn the skills necessary to participate in a group,and facilitate a group . The theory of group dynamics is explored and material from the current group is used. The course is practical and experiential and includes a week-end.

208 Transactional Analysis in Counselling

This course introduces the participants to the basic ideas and theory of TA. The applicability of these concepts to counselling are explored and experienced. Their use in the workplace, family and education is demonstrated through practical work. This course includes a week-end as part of the 50 hours.

209 The Gestalt Approach in Counselling

Learning how to use the principles and concepts of gestalt therapy is the core of this course. Participants will experience the counselling process through the Gestalt framework. This module will be useful for those wishing to further their personal development. A week-end is included in this course

210 Interpersonal-Cognitive Counselling (NLP)

This course introduces the learner to the techniques of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and describes in simple terms why people are different. It is useful for change in a changing world, influencing others achieving the results you want and asking the right questions. t i ainvaluable for personal development, professions excellence in counselling, education and business.

211 Achievement Thinking and Counselling

This is compulsory for those wishing to take the diploma in counselling (motivational counselling option) It is 50 hours includes 2 weekends and is designed to teach clients the skills needed to become high performing achievers. The course is based on the work of David McClelland from Harvard University and concentrates on teaching the five key attributes that if present will raise the academic, athletic or workplace performance level of any client. The course also includes goal setting and strategies to achieve them.

212 Stress Counselling

Stress is the spice of life but it can also be a killer. In this 50 hour course you will use a stress report and a self development guide to help you eliminate distress from your life and teach you the skills to help others who present themselves as being stressed.

213 Motivational Interviewing

This 50 hour course is designed to introduce the skills needed to deal effectively with clients' problems and to bring about prompt changes. It introduces the concepts of internal and external motivation and links them to the development of the individual. Particularly useful for those clients who have limited time or resources.

214 Self-Relating Counselling

Research shows that human beings have an internal "compass" which activates whenever they think about making a decision that is contrary to their own best interests. This compass is located in the body (intuition/gut instinct) and is part of an ancient survival mechanism that is genetically programmed into all human beings whether they are aware of it or not.

When children learn to bring their rational and intuitive selves together they have a precious gift: everything they need in order to thrive as human beings. From an early age children need to walk with confidence down their life's path: a path unique to them.

In this course you will learn skills to teach others to really listen to this "compass", to sense it, to stay with and be guided by it.  Symptoms (depression, aggressiveness, non-compliance, withdrawness, lostness etc.)  are treated as  "awakenings" that need attending to: not as something that need to be fixed. They are signs that growth is under way and change needs to occur.

Research shows that counsellors/parents trained in self-relating counselling skills are noted for their ability to bring about positive changes in their clients/children in a very short time span.

The course teaches basic yet  important skills that everyone needs in order to be competent in an increasingly complex and fast changing world: skills that will genuinely help others to live full and satisfying lives

This course is based on the best of modern scholarship from within the Person-Centred and Ericksonian counselling traditions.

215 Cognitive Enrichment Counselling

Thought and language are interrelated in such a manner that each contributes to the development of the other. This 40 hour course develops this idea and teaches you a variety of ways of stimulating the executive functions of the brain. This is a dynamic process involving social contact, verbal interchange and active participant involvement. Effective brain stimulation involves the skill of being able to carry out interactive dialogue in order to guide the learner to higher levels of thinking.

Poor performances in relationships, work and school may be attributed to underdeveloped cognitive functions. This course introduces the student to insights from the area neuro-counselling and provides training in various interventions that research has shown will lead to improved cognitive functioning in underachieving adults and children.

216 Couples Counselling

Today the divorce rate remains extremely high with serious consequences for the mental and physical health of both spouses. However not all marriages end in divorce and among those who remain married there is unfortunately a wide range of marital unhappiness. This course provides training in the skills needed to prevent problems arising in relationships as well as skills to help couples, who are already experiencing relationship problems, increase and rebuild friendship, improve conflict regulation and create or rediscover shared meanngs and dreams.

217 Relationship Management and Emotion Counselling.

Relationship Management is about helping clients to use an awareness of their emotions and the emotions of others to better manage their relationships and gain positive outcomes. It involves an ability to keep a pulse on your own emotions so that you stay flexible and positive and are able to choose how you react to different situations. In addition to being able to accurately recognise your own emotions you will also be able to guage the moods of other individuals and the mood of entire groups of people and be able to tailor your responses accordingly.

218 Attachment Theory, Leadership and Family Counselling.

Attachment counselling is about improving relationships (i.e. parent-child, husband-wife, teacher-pupil or counsellor-client). Every human-being has a hard-wired need for a safe connection to a significant other especially when he or she is stressed. Secure attachments are characterized by trust and confidence that needs can be expressed and that they will be met. When attachment needs (comfort, security, contact or closeness) are not met, when the significant other is unresponsive, adults and children may begin to behave in troubled ways to elicit a response.

The course is designed to assist people in the helping professions (counsellors, teachers, parents, health professionals etc.) to have an appreciation of healthy primary attachment needs and be skilled in establishing a “working alliance” with people whose behaviour may be less than satisfactory. Participants will be taught to establish trust in the absence of a wider trusting environment by providing an experience of safe attachment and a secure base for the client. Only then can the real work begin and new interactional patterns established.

219 Core Emotional  Needs Counselling.

Many difficulties in interpersonal relationships result from emotion driven behaviour.

If your interest is in couples counselling you will learn to:
  • identify a couple’s core clashes;
  • link clashes to each partner’s emotional schemas and coping modes;
  • teach couples strategies for recognizing, accepting and de-activating their own and their partner’s maldaptive emotional schemas;
  • help couples move from dysfunctional, angry and detached modes to more healthy, vulnerable mode
If your interest is in individual counseling and/or parenting you will:
  • acquire a set of techniques to break self-defeatist patterns of behaviour in clients and replace them with healthier alternatives.
  • become aware of the important role that childhood experiences play in developing negative thoughts and negative behaviour patterns and ways in which these self-defeating patterns can be overcome.
  • learn ways of changing patterns of behaviour, in older children and clients,  which have been present for long periods of time and are hindering them from achieving their goals and meeting their needs.
  • learn to deal with self-defeatist attitudes in clients and/or children that prevent them becoming high achievers and may be the cause of a lot of misery and anger in adult relationships.

220 The Vital Connection:

If your interest is in developing your counselling skills you will learn:

- what Attachment Counselling has to offer managers, parents and teachers.
- the skills needed to promote emotional and social maturity in self and others.
- to use attachment skills needed to help others grow and develop

In this course you will also learn:
    how to help adults realise their full potential as human beings.
    how to nurture children and provide necessary elements for their growth.
    how to remove impediments to adolescents becoming their own person.
This course draws on Bowlby’s attachment theory to teach skills needed to cultivate the maturing process in others and help them accept limits and adapt to circumstances. While childhood is the time when most growing up should occur, managers, counsellors and parents need to understand the dynamics underlying the maturing process and be skilled in cultivating independence and responsibility in those in their charge.

You will increase your effectiveness as a manager, parent, teacher or professional helper by using this course to acquire a number of relatively simple skills which research has shown to be effective in promoting change in others.



221:The Psychology of Personal Relating.

For good mental health the importance of being in the state of shalom –right relationships – with our work colleagues, friends and children cannot be overemphasised.

The cornerstone of successful personal relating is a growing awareness: the ability we have to step back and become an observer of ourselves, our relationships and our limiting beliefs.

Helping clients become aware of themselves and their unconscious patterns and habits is very important. Once clients have a sense of self-awareness we are in a position to add skills to their repetoire and coach them in the  skills research has shown to be central to all types of personal relating - be it at work, in the family or among friends.

The course will teach you to:   
                                      develop internal dialogue systems so as to
                                                help clients make effective decisions

                                                 expand "limiting belief" systems

                                                 teach core relationship skills to others

                                                 better manage your own, internal
                                                 system (thoughts and feelings)
                                                 for different results


301 Advanced Focusing/Self-Relating

Pre Requisites 101; 202 or 214.

302 Advanced Motivational Interviewing (or model of your choice).

Pre Requisites 101; 211; 213.

These are practical courses and are suitable for those who wish to take a Diploma in Counselling Skills.

Participants must have access to clients, be supervised, and complete the assigned work.

Numbers are strictly limited

Entry for 301 & 302 is by interview only

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