James Finn, studying the Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Foundation Degree, explains why he likes the person-centred approach and what the course involves:
Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy Foundation Degree student, Sue Harbord, discusses what she has learnt, how you can progress on to the BA (Hons) top-up and why she would recommend the course:
BA (Hons) Degree in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2011
"I was excited and proud to achieve a First Class Honours Degree in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy. I had previously qualified as a teacher in 1997 and during that time, I began to notice an empathic rapport with the children and their emotional well-being. When I had my own children I decided to satisfy my curiosity about counselling and took part in a ten week introductory course. I became fascinated and decided to continue my studies. The Foundation Degree turned out to be harder work in terms of academic work and completing more counselling hours than I expected. I was lucky to have the support of my parents who helped me with childcare and allowed me the use of their house as a quiet place to study.
I found the course to be extremely challenging in terms of theoretical and philosophical learning and the development of my self-awareness. I found the learning environment to be supportive, genuine- in its fullest sense - and deeply empathic, and the stringency of the course has been extremely beneficial to my counselling practice. Taking part in this course has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Now I am thinking of applying to take a Masters or even a doctorate in the future."
Returning to higher education 30 years after my first degree has been an exciting challenge!I was a secondary school teacher of Physics and General Science before taking a career break. In recent years I have been a home tutor with excluded students and also co-ordinate an anxiety management group 'SHARE' with Coventry & Warwickshire Mind. Now a third year student on the Foundation degree programme 'Counselling and Psychotherapy', I am thoroughly enjoying everything that the course has to offer – and that can be exhausting at times! There is a good balance of theoretical and experiential learning alongside the ongoing challenge of personal development which comes in unexpected ways. Person-centred training helps me to relate to others and myself in all aspects of life and gives me the opportunity to explore counselling as a potential new career. I enjoy working with a wonderful group of colleagues and have the support of dedicated, warm and experienced tutors committed to the person-centred approach.
3rd year, Foundation degree
2nd year, Foundation degree
Being offered a place at Warwick on a degree course deemed the bench mark of the profession was an inspiration in itself and to finally bring this ambition to reality ‘it now feels real’. Working in Manufacturing since leaving school and dipping in and out of counselling over a period of time, I am able to fulfil an internal drive to revisit the counselling experience, this for me was a challenge in itself.
The relaxed approach in the design of the course and experiencing the personal support on offer has helped me feel excepted and comfortable increasing my Personal development and self awareness.
The structured experiences and balance of theory have increased my development and confidence, affirming to myself ‘I am enough’ to establish my ambition. Being taught by a team of experienced Person Centred therapists and meeting and making friends with people who have a passion for the same subject is an excellent rewarding experience on this journey.
Having decided to change my career, quite drastically, I decided to pursue an interest that had been with me for many years. I had already encountered the reputation of the person centred foundation degree at Warwick and decided to pursue the hype.
The course is like no other I have attended. For me the strength of the programme lies in its fully practical element and the immersion of the student in the person centred modality. I very quickly developed a very competent understanding of the approach thanks to this interactive technique and heavily benefited from the incorporation of counselling techniques within the University setting. I now have a solid understanding of the three prominent counselling modalities and more importantly have developed practical counselling skills faster than I believe I would have in any other course. I have changed immensely as an individual, not only building my theoretical understanding but also increasing my confidence and autonomy as a counsellor in training.