In this course, you will learn:
- Make the most of your life circumstance by living meaningfully.
- Create the best possible human connections.
- Concentrate on the wisdom that you may feel in your body.
- Emotional, cognitive, and behavioural transformation can all be facilitated.
- Improve your counselling skills in a variety of situations.
1. Well-being and Positive psychology.
- Getting tuned in to theories of well-being and positive psychology.
- Developing awareness of well-being counseling.
- Developing attitudes for well-being: gratitude, empathy and (self-)compassion, simplicity.
2. Existential approach: coping with human life.
- Getting tuned in to existential theories.
- Developing existential connection.
- Developing awareness of existential givens.
- Becoming sensitive to the existential practice.
3. Dimensions of human existence: goals and values.
- Addressing questions such as: “Who am I?” “What motivates and inspires me in my life?”
- Improving awareness of different dimensions, goals and values in human development.
- Recognizing imbalances and problems in human existence.
- Practicing Focusing as a skill for self-development.
- Being aware of similarities and differences between Focusing and Mindfulness.
4. Life Journey: Existential challenges and Strengths
- Deepening life stories in the frame of existential and positive psychology.
- Deepening existential themes: freedom, responsibility, choice, loss, sadness, grief, fear, solitude, finiteness and death.
- Developing strengths: self-knowledge, anger, confrontation, conflicts, forgiveness, wisdom.
5. Meaning and Spirituality.
- Exploring sources of meaning in life.
- Expanding awareness to the spiritual dimension.
- Developing virtues for living meaningfully and well. Including Love as the meaning giving virtue by excellence.
6. Person-centered approach: interpersonal conditions of growth.
- Developing growth-promoting relationships and presence.
- Developing non-judgmental empathic relating and responding.
- Developing authentic relating and responding and interactional confrontation.
- Developing process-sensitivity and process-diagnosis.
7. Experiential approach: body-orientedness and intrapersonal conditions of growth.
- Developing embodied presence.
- Developing awareness of pre-verbal senses and body expressions.
- Developing attitudes and interventions to facilitate intrapersonal conditions of growth.
- Extending Focusing to non-verbal expressions and working with dreams.
8. Processing emotions and overcoming intrapersonal blocks
- Being aware of commonest process-blocks such as feeling “nothing”, feeling overwhelmed, one part which is victimizing or attacking another.
- Being aware of different styles of processing emotions.
- Recognizing ways people get stuck in emotions.
- Having some idea about Emotion-focused therapy.
9. Integration: Counseling from a person-centered, experiential, existential well-being perspective.
- Integrating counseling skills.
- Knowing how to start and end a counseling process.
- Deepening skills for self-care and healing.