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This beginner level course is aimed at teachers in primary and high schools and aims to provide teachers with the skills and understanding to prepare teachers to know when to refer students or parents to appropriate outside professionals.

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Description

Teachers often feel inadequately prepared for situations where students or parents rely on them for emotional support. This course aims to provide teachers with the skills and understanding which enable them to respond to these situations with sensitivity and caring. It also aims to prepare teachers to know when to refer students or parents to appropriate outside professionals.

The advantage of an online course is that it takes place over several weeks, which gives students time to absorb, digest and apply new information in their daily lives. After this, they can discuss their approaches, outcomes and receive feedback and supervision. This method provides time to evaluate and embed their learning.

Subject Matter Expert

Dave Pinchuck is an educational psychologist working in private practice. He started his working career as a teacher-counsellor and history teacher at SA College High School (SACS) in Cape Town, where he spent 7 years. During this time, he took off a year to study for an M.Sc. degree in educational psychology in the UK. After SACS, he spent 4 years as a lecturer in educational psychology at Barkly House Teachers’ College in Cape Town, which trained preschool teachers. This was followed by an internship in educational psychology at the University of the Western Cape. After the internship, he spent 8 years as a school psychologist at the Mitchells Plain School Clinic, which served over 50 schools in the Mitchells Plain area, working in a team under the Western Cape Education Department, which provided psychological and educational support to students attending all the schools in the area (primary, high and special needs schools). After this, he spent 7 years as principal at the Athlone School Clinic, which offered similar services to over 95 schools, in what is now part of the Central District of Western Cape Education Department. At both school clinics, he was part of a team which offered six-month courses titled “Basic Counselling Skills for Teachers” to primary, high school teachers as well as school secretaries in these areas. Since numbers for each course were limited in order to maximise the learning experience for each individual, there were always waiting lists. Dave Pinchuck took early retirement in 2004 and has been working in private practice since that time. Later, he offered a similar, but abbreviated course in basic counselling skills as part of a series of workshops on teacher wellbeing offered by a colleague at UWC between 2009 and 2011.

Kevin Johnston is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town. His main areas of research are IT strategy and management, IT educational issues, social and networking systems, emerging technology, and entrepreneurship. Before becoming an academic, Kevin gained extensive experience in IT and management over 24 years, working for companies such as De Beers, Liberty Life, Legal & General and BoE. Kevin is also a visiting professor at the University of Pforzheim in Germany, and head of the Yellow Boabob Institute of Leadership.

Academic Tutor Support

Your dedicated Online Academic Tutor (OAT) will provide you with necessary guidance, offer advice and answer questions on course content, to help you achieve academic success.

Student Success Coordinator

BASIC REQUIREMENTS
To successfully access and complete this course, you will be required to have a registered email account, access to a computer/laptop/tablet and stable internet connection. You will be required to be familiar with using a computer as you may need to be able to read and download documents in Adobe PDF Reader, view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and read and create documents in Microsoft Word.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Our online short learning programmes may require additional software applications. These additional software applications requirements will be communicated to you in this information pack and/or on the website course page. Damelin Online does not provide any additional software applications required for online short learning programmes. Please note: Google, YouTube and Vimeo may be used in our online course delivery. If any of these services are blocked in your jurisdiction, you may have difficulty in accessing our course content.

How We Engage with Students

Our online short learning programmes are broken into self-paced manageable modules designed to be interactive and engaging:

  • The programme is available to be viewed on smart devices and includes mobile, tablets and personal computers.
  • Relevant case studies, articles and recommended reading are part of supplementary resources available.
  • Apply and evaluate what you have learned in each module with the self-grading quizzes and assignment submissions
  • View a range of Introductory course videos by your Subject Matter Expert.
  • Scheduled live webinars are included with the Online Academic Tutor.
  • Network, collaborate and interact with your fellow participants and Online Academic Tutor via the discussion boards.

Certification

Upon successful completion of this online short learning programme, you will receive the recognition of your knowledge and skills with a Lyceum Certificate of Competence. Your certificate of competence will be issued in your registered name and will be couriered at no additional cost. You will be required to complete a series of assessments that will be facilitated through our virtual learning environment. Your course handbook will be made available to you once you have commenced with your short learning programme.

Study Blocks

  • MODULE 0 | Week 1 Orientation
    Navigating the Virtual Learning Environment
  • MODULE 1 | Week 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills for Teachers
    An introduction to the principles in this course
  • MODULE 2 | Week 3 Basic Features of a Helping Relationship
    Discussing the basic features of a helping relationship and introducing the essential ingredients of a successful counselling relationship
  • MODULE 3 | Week 4 Listening Skills
    Building on the features of a helping relationship and developing them further
  • MODULE 4 | Week 5 Solutions-Focused Counselling
    Introducing solutions-focused brief counselling
  • MODULE 5 | Week 6 Solutions-Focused Counselling
    Building on solutions-focused counselling and the emphasis on the positive, rather than focusing on problem
  • MODULE 6 | Week 7 The Role of Supervision
    Looking at the role of supervision and how it provides an opportunity to stand back and reflect on a counsellor’s work from a distance
  • MODULE 7 | Week 8 Crisis Counselling
    Helping counsellors be prepared for a crisis when it arises and to have plans for intervening constructively
  • MODULE 8 | Week 9 Non-Verbal Communication
    Developing an understanding of non-verbal communication and judging when to execute it in a practical scenario
  • MODULE 9 | Week 10 Ethics in Counselling
    An exploration of counselling underpinned by ethics and confidentiality
  • MODULE 10 | Week 11 Wrap-up
    Synthesise your learning journey experience and evaluate the course

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