Biographical counselling: Skills for social professions
This is a one-year, interactive course offering an in-depth experience of working with biography, life experiences, archetypal life phases and a spiritual imagination for the process of self-development.
The course is designed to deepen understanding of each person’s unique place and individual sense of purpose in the world. It is intended to enrich the individual and enhance their professional practice. Participants are invited to explore meaning and develop a sense of reverence for the mystery and complexity of their own and others’ biographies.
- archetypal life phases, patterns and human development
- a spiritual perspective on contemporary issues
- working with and understanding threshold experiences
- developing an inner practice
- human encounter and the art of dialogue
- difference and conflict
- humanising our practice
- becoming a self
The course will be of interest to teachers, therapists, psychologists, coaches, doctors and nurses, faith workers and other professionals who are interested in the human encounter, and professionals who are wanting to deepen their own path of self-development.
The course is designed to stimulate a path of inner development in order to consider how personal transformation can be a resource for the whole. By collectively co-creating a safe place, participants are invited to work with new, emergent and threshold experiences in a self-directed and supported way, encouraging the exploration of participants’ questions and themes.
Time will be given for developing contemplative inner practices, learning through artistic processes and attending to practising listening and speaking skills.
Biographical counselling is a holistic, integrative counselling approach that takes into account psychological, social and spiritual dimensions. This way of working aims to strengthen a person’s experience of their core sense of self, and addresses both healing and self-development. It encourages people to take up their own agency and find creative freedom in their ideals, tasks and responsibilities.
Biographical counselling takes a phenomenological approach to experiences and encourages dialogue with our own biography and those of others. Crises and challenging life events can become opportunities to develop new capacities and to discover that we are connected and deeply interdependent.
Elements of the training:
- lectures and seminars
- artistic activities
- individual tutorials
- personal development groups
- counselling practice
- research and theory
For more information and to book your place, go to biographicalcounsellors.org.uk.
Hosted by Jane Chase
Jane Chase (Dip. Biographical Counselling, BACP Accredited. MSc Psychotherapy, UKCP) has been practising as a Biographical Counsellor for 14 years, and works with individuals, couples, families and children. Pauline Marksteiner-Wilde (Dip. Biographical Counselling BACP Accredited. CSTD Certified Supervisor and Trainer.