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Thinking About Training to Become a Counsellor...How do I go about it?

(16 Posts)
BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 20:29:18

At present I am a SAHM and full time carer for parent with dementia. But I am thinking about the future and would like to study and start to prepare for to return to work.

Can anyone give me some advice on how to start?



BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 20:48:40

helllooo, anyone grin

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 21:08:34

I may need counselling due to being ignored on MN...

tiredemma Sun 07-Jun-09 21:14:02

Im not sure where you are geographically but here in Bham, the local colleges and adult education centres have counselling courses. lll find a link for you of the actual course names.

hang about

tiredemma Sun 07-Jun-09 21:16:37

gives some counselling courses

where are you in the uk?

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 21:26:55

I am a Southerner. Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire thereabouts..

But tiredemma thanks for responding.

I am looking at all types of counselling, Cruse, Relate, etc and just need some idea of how to get started. I'm not in a hurry so can take the 'slow train to China'...

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 21:28:55

Wished I lived near Sutton Coldfield College, Tiredemma the courses are exactly what I am looking for!

tiredemma Sun 07-Jun-09 21:33:53

Have you looked at all your local colleges to see if they offer anything similar??

(I did my course at Sut col- its a fab college)

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 21:42:26

Yeah I have but courses:

1. Don't look too good;
2. Clash with Dc's after school activities;
3. Have no formal qualification.

Might start with volunteering for Relate or Cruse perhaps...anyone done something similar on the way to a counselling qualification?

Tiredemma, are you working as a counsellor now?

tiredemma Sun 07-Jun-09 21:44:37

Oh No- I did my access course there (I qualify as a mental health nurse in a few weeks) but intend to do a counselling course in the next few years, I think my nursing will benefit from it.

Good Luck!

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 21:48:48

Have considered nursing but can't work night shifts (even if only while training)

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 22:13:03

bumpety bump...

BedofRosesItAintII Sun 07-Jun-09 22:52:18

okay... I am off to bed. Will bump tomorrow!

Poppity Wed 10-Jun-09 18:22:38

Bumping for you (I'm interested toosmile)

science Wed 10-Jun-09 21:41:24

Hi all have you considered early years in nursery and reception teaching at schools?

All you need is NVQ level 2 or teacher training for a year if you have a degree and get paid between 22-35k a year. wink

science Wed 10-Jun-09 21:47:14

I am a biology graduate with an MSc I have had a 6 years gap for motherhood. I find it hard to get work in my field or even get a scholarship. I have an intial acceptance at university but for self-funded place only.

Anyone has any ideas of how I can get funding/scholarship or raise money for university postgraduate fees?


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