This book provides a comprehensive overview of the tasks and the processes of learning and writing required on counseling training courses and in the practice of counseling. The authors cover the entire training period, from choosing a course to the early stages of professional practice. Part I discusses learning skills, methods and approaches, looking at the context for learning, motivation, and experiential learning; Part II focuses on course requirements, the form of written assignmentsùhow to complete them and the difficulties that can be encounteredùas well as covering the basics of writing, including language, form, and style; Part III looks at the involvement of practicing counselors in continued learning and the kinds of writing that they may develop throughout their careers. Clear and accessible, Learning and Writing in Counselling contains a wealth of practical examples, suggestions, and “how-to” material. It will be a supportive and helpful guide to the specific learning and writing skills required by all trainee and practicing counselors.
Chapter 2: The Training Course
The Training Course
There are many reasons why a particular course in counselling is chosen. Often these are pragmatic, such as that a course is geographically convenient, or that the structure fits the applicant's time schedule (i.e. full-time, part-time, modular, etc.) People who live in areas where there are a lot of courses on offer will have more choice in this respect. Two other characteristics of courses have implications for learning issues and writing skills needed. These are (1) educational level of the course and (2) the theoretical model or orientation of the course.
The Educational Level of the Course
Courses are offered at a wide range of levels, for example:
- Short exploratory courses, 10–40 hours, often over one or two weekends, useful for finding ...