Certificate Course

CHANGE Certificate in Solution Focused Practice

The Solution Focused approach is a method of communication/counselling in which dialogue is built on investigating solutions rather than investigating causes of problems, empowering the client to move forward rather than encouraging a lengthy dependency on the client-practitioner relationship. It acknowledges that each client may already be acting in a way that is not part of the problem and helps him or her to recognise this, encouraging more of this type of behaviour.

The Change Certificate in Solution Focused Practice provides an extended foundation-training course in SF skills and SF theories, which makes the Change Foundation the unit 1 of 5 of this Certificate course. The course is suitable for candidates wishing to prepare for higher level study and careers in counselling, social care and management etc. as well as those wishing to develop their skills as part of an existing job role.

Dates for 2018:

Unit 1 – 21st and 22nd April
Unit 2 – 19th and 20th March
Unit 3 – 23rd and 24th June
Unit 4 – 14th and 15th July

Unit 1: Foundation
Trainers: Clive Whittaker, Teresa Byrne.
This is the introductory unit. Learners will be introduced to the key skills and encouraged to implement these in their practice.

Learners, through practice in the session with each other, will examine a range of SF skills used within the SF practice. Additionally they will understand that sessions in which SF skills are used are professionally managed activities underpinned by SF assumptions.

This unit will refer in particular to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) requirements of practice.

Unit 2: Added Skills
Trainer: Clive Whittaker
This unit expands on the practice of key SF skills and encourages learners to consider adaptation and personal touches to the delivery. Learners will be encouraged to open their toolbox and practice ‘add ons’ and consider how these will be useful in their own future practice.

Learners will be presented with the SF model in sufficient depth to empower the learner to reflect constructively on its value and use when working with people and as part of the process of the person becoming more reflective and reflexive.

Unit 3: The Work of Language
Trainer: TBA
This is an introductory unit that informs learners of the hereditary of the narrative approach in SF practice. It will encompass a brief overview of SF Skills and consider the principle philosophical tenets of the approach in comparison to others.

This unit will lead to increased awareness of the function of language, how meaning is formed and why the work of language is central to SF practice. Also an increasing awareness of interaction processes and dynamics will be integral to the unit.

The objective will be to grasp some basic theories on language and to become familiar with the underpinning philosophy of the SF approach. This will be achieved through participating in class activities, interacting with each other through discussions and reflections.

The aim is to enable learners to be more creative and innovative in their own practice in light of their understanding of the work of language.

Unit 4: Making a difference?
Trainer: Dr Dean-David Holyoake
This is an extension of unit 3, it introduces the learners to some of the underlying constructionist philosophy which guides Solution Focused Practice, and to offer the learners examples of the principle skills so often associated with the approach

Unit 5: Ethics and Putting it all together

Trainers: http://changebrieftherapy.org/?page_id=183
This module is in two parts:
‘Ethics’ that aims to tackle some of the cumbersome, common dilemmas that tend to repeat themselves in everyday practice. These include issues related to chronic service users, ethical dilemmas and codes of practice. The module aims to explore some of the theoretical underpinning upon which modern psychotherapy practice is founded. The learner will recognise many of the scripts, roles and dramas as they unfold in creative learning sessions.

‘Putting it all together’ aims to put all previous learning into a coherent whole and to discuss how new learning has had an impact on learners’ personal and professional development, how it has affected the way they see things around them and has indirectly or directly influenced people they come to contact with etc.

Teaching Methods
A wide range of teaching methods are utilised on the course including role play activities, skills practice, experiential exercises, reflection, lectures, presentations, group discussion, video and audio media, web resources, guided reading, and structured homework tasks.

Assessment is continuous throughout the duration of the course and key elements of assessment include the completion of;
– a 100% attendance
– a reflective essay on each unit
– an audio-taped recording of a skills practice session
– a written reflective report and a personal statement

Qualification Gained
-Twelve CPD hours on successful completion of Unit 1.
-Sixty CPD hours on successful completion of Unit 1 to 5.
-Change Certificate in Solution Focused Practice on successful completion of Unit 1 to 5 which consists of 60 taught hours.

Opportunities for Progression
The Change Certificate in Solution Focused Practice provides a potential gateway into higher-level training programmes at Change Birmingham Brief Therapy and other educational providers. It may also enhance eligibility for application to other health, mental health, and management related training courses at other institutions.

Entry Requirements
Anyone who is curious and inspired to make a change and do something different.If your work life has anything to do with helping and interacting with others, then this programme of learning will be for you.

Candidates should be committed to meeting the 100% attendance and engaging fully with the various elements of the course.

Course Fee
There are five units. Each unit costs £200 but a discount fee of £700 is available for up front payment.

The course duration is for one academic semester spread over 5 weekends.

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