Higher Certificate in Community Counselling (128 credits)

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Aim

The aim of this programme is to train and equip lay counsellors to be knowledgeable and effective in making a difference in the mental health and well-being of individuals in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, non-government organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs).

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  • A National Senior Certificate; or National Certificate Vocational (with certificate pass)
  • A Matriculation Certificate or equivalent
  • Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) portfolio provided
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  • Evening Class: Mondays and Thursdays, 18h00 – 21h00
  • Part-Time: Minimum two years
  • Two intakes: January and July

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  • Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997.Registration Certificate No. 2001/HE08/006
    NQF 5; SAQA ID 58205
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  • R 275 per credit | total credits: 128
    Full time: 1st year R 17 050

Modules

Psychology

  • Abnormal Psychology A (6 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology B (6 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology A (6 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology B (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology A (6 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology B (6 credits)
  • Psychology and Spirituality (6 credits)

Community Counselling

  • HIV/AIDS Counselling (6 credits)
  • Counselling Modalities (12 credits)
  • Crisis Counselling (12 credits)
  • Solution-Focussed Brief Counselling (12 credits)
  • Youth Issues (6 credits)

Family Studies

  • Conflict Resolution (6 credits)
  • Family & Development A (6 credits)
  • Family & Development B (6 credits)
  • Group Counselling and Life Skills (6 credits)

Information Skills

  • Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (4 credits) or Academic Skills and English (12 credits)
  • Computer Skills (4 credits)


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Information Skills

Computer Skills (4 credits)

Through doing this module students will learn to use a computer for emails, internet, word processing, spreadsheet development and electronic presentation suites. This will enable students to access the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as Funda, which is used by Cornerstone for communication with lecturers and administrative purposes, as well as research and submission of assignments.

Research and Study Skills (Cognician) (for those with NSC bachelor pass or higher only )(4 credits)

This module enables a student to develop their critical thinking ability in order to source and evaluate academic material. Students will understand plagiarism and referencing and learn to write and reference a structured academic paper. This is primarily facilitated through an online programme called Cognition.

Academic Skills and English (12 credits)

This module concentrates on the skills needed for successful tertiary study. Special attention is paid to listening and reading for comprehension, writing clearly and logically, and giving proper credit to sources utilized. Students will develop these essential skills through exposure to readings and talks, and practice in a supportive environment where they will receive detailed feedback.


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Abnormal Psychology A (6 credits)

This module focuses on the most frequently encountered types of abnormal behaviour, with an overview of the symptoms, the diagnostic process, and the generally accepted treatment method of various psychological disorders. The emphasis is on development of recognition and management/referral skills within the framework of counselling.

Abnormal Psychology B (6 credits) (for those with NSC bachelor pass or higher only)

This module continues to focus on most frequently encountered types of abnormal behaviour, with an overview of the symptoms, the diagnostic process, and the generally accepted treatment method of various psychological disorders. The emphasis is on development of management and referral skills within the framework of counselling.

Developmental Psychology A and B (12 credits)

These modules provide an overview of the major theories of Developmental Psychology. They aim to help the student understand the models of human development from conception to adolescence and early adulthood to death, to address contemporary concerns in life-span development, and to enhance the awareness of methodological approaches by which human development is investigated.

Psychology and Spirituality (6 credits)

This module explores the relationship between psychology and the Christian faith. It is an introductory reflection on the definitions of each of these as academic disciplines and a brief evaluation of the differences and similarities of the two. This module attempts to address some concerns students may have as a result of conflicting views and experiences about psychology and the Christian faith.

Introduction to Psychology A (6 credits)

A survey of persons, ideas, and principles in the scientific studies of human behaviour is given. The historical development and current status of psychology and investigative activities and significant findings are reviewed.

Introduction to Psychology B (6 credits)

This module is a continuation of Introduction to Psychology A. The module identifies and explains factors of personality, together with patterns of abnormal behaviour. The module also examines the interface between sociology and social psychology.


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HIV/AIDS Counselling (6 credits)

This module prepares the Christian mental health worker in basic counselling principles and skills for counselling people suffering from HIV/AIDS. It examines effective personal and community support structures to enhance the quality of life of the person living with HIV/AIDS and maintains the focus of a Christian worldview on understanding HIV/AIDS in the context of trust, mutual sharing, support and learning.

Counselling Modalities (12 credits)

In this module the student is introduced to counselling methodologies and techniques. This module will focus on characteristics of an effective counsellor, crisis counselling and specialised counselling needs.

Crisis Counselling (12 credits)

In this module students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of crisis counselling and knowledge to be equipped with strategies for crisis intervention. It prepares the Christian mental health worker in basic counselling principles and skills in crisis situations and maintains the focus of a Christian worldview on understanding the nature of crisis and the management of crisis.

Solution-Focussed Brief Counselling (12 credits)

The counsellor becomes frequently bogged down by an overly negative focus on the problems of the client. Brief solution-focused counselling is rooted in positive psychology. It is an encouraging method of enabling both counsellor and client to speedily identify and work towards positive outcomes in the counselling encounter. This module explores the various methods used in brief ‘solution-focused’ counselling using role play and feedback as a primary teaching tool.

Youth Issues (6 credits)

The module will enable students to understand the contemporary issues facing South African youth in the context of community and society, such as, alcohol and drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, gang violence and malnutrition. The module also encourages the student to read and evaluate perspectives provided by South African social scientists and psychologists across the racial and cultural spectrum.


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Conflict Resolution (6 credits)

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of conflict resolution and teaches them specific communication skills to enhance their relationships. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore their attitude toward conflict and to reflect on their personal approach to conflict. The module makes use of case studies to assist students to reflect on the strategies, tactics and approaches used during conflict situations and emphasises the link between communications, behaviour and conflict.

Family and Development A and B (12 credits)

These modules will survey the themes of marriage development and family issues. The student will be introduced to the dynamics of change within marriage and the family as part of a developmental psychology framework.

Group Counselling and Life Skills (6 credits)

This module aims to provide the student with a basic theoretical understanding of groups, group processes, group dynamics and the stages in group development. The module also seeks to provide students with skills to be able to plan and facilitate psycho educational workshops,groups and to design life skills programmes.

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