Aims and Objectives:
The purpose of the Psychology of Counseling certification program is to help people to understand and accept themselves, and their behaviors and to work with trained individuals to help themselves. The main purpose is therefore to bring about change in individuals who are in need of help. This course is necessary if you are advising people in any field of financial counselling, coaching, training conducting workshops in any field as well as if you are in any field interacting with people to bring about behavior change including business coaching and mentoring others. The course outlines behavioral techniques to help clients reduce depression, stress, anxiety, and increase self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence. This course also covers youth, family, and marriage counseling including loss, grief, abuse, and trauma counselling.
Although the Institute cannot guarantee job placements or clients, graduates possess the skills required to assess and provide suitable interventions for a variety of mental health concerns such as:
- depression, anxiety, and other emotional and behavioral disorders
- assessment and treatment or referral for disorders found in the DSM V
- addictions: prevention, recovery and follow-up treatment
- youth, family, and marriage and couples’ issues
- suicide and emergency intervention
- identity and developmental milestones
- loss and grief
- abuse, trauma, and domestic violence
Counselling, therefore, seeks to:
- Equip counselors and coaches with the skills needed to assess and assist counselees,
- Help counselors understand counselees’ behavioral needs and feelings as well as to motivate them.
- Equip counselors to provide relief for counselee both in the short and long term and to help them become fully functionally individuals.
- Help counselors acquire those skills that will facilitate the acquisition of procedures that will ensure effective counseling as well as to assist counselees’ interrelations, behavioral and coping skills.
- Help the counselor or coach acquire those problem-solving skills that will be useful to counselees
- Expose counselees and coaches to those mechanisms that will help them function effectively in their environment and to adapt to changes.
- Encourage counselees to acquire behavior modification strategies that will help to remove undesirable behavior, and unpleasant symptoms and make positive changes where necessary as well as to find happy and self-fulfilling lives.
- Provide opportunities for counselees to develop the art of evaluating, clarifying and accepting their decisions in life.
- Provide the skills needed to cope with the loss of a loved one, choose a career path, overcome learning challenges, work through marital and other family difficulties, work in highly stressed situations and deal with the emotional effects of injuries or physical abilities.
- Equip with the skills necessary to identify a counselee’s issues, formulate a treatment, educate on several options and coordinate with other mental health professionals when necessary.