The course will run on Thursday evenings 5.30pm – 9.00pm. There will be some Sat workshops and a three-day residential retreat in Year 2.
A thorough and extensive grounding in the theory and practice of mindfulness in relationship specifically oriented to counselling practice.
This is a structured professional training that will be delivered through personal experiential learning, group enquiry, reflective practice, skills training, live supervision, tutor presentations, seminars, mindfulness practice and workshops.
There will be self, peer and tutor feedback and support, and also formal assessments and assignments. The emphasis is on practical skills training and experiential learning, including group inquiry, but we welcome students with diverse learning styles. Wide reading and lively discussion will be encouraged. Individual tutorials will be available, where your individual learning needs can be explored and supported.
For information about the course curriculum and assessment process click here
Our theoretical base is humanistic and existential and supported by mindfulness teaching and traditions drawn from Buddhist psychology.
This course will be run by Julie Jeffs (Core Tutor) and associate trainers Alison Merchant and Alan Chatting. Hazel Wright will run the group supervision sessions in (Year Two). Our trainers are BACP or UKCP accredited (or both) with many years of teaching and therapy practice under their belts.
From time to time, we invite external tutors to come and teach on the course. This year Dr Karamat-Ali taught the session on working with difference and diversity. Duncan Moss and Ramon also joined us on the 3 day residential retreat at Sharpham.
Who the course is intended for
- Anyone wanting a professional counselling qualification
- Qualified professionals seeking to deepen and enhance their work and increase their sense of personal enrichment
- Those who are interested in Mindfulness and would like to experience an in-depth training as a resource, or who are interested in undertaking some substantial CPD
- Those attracted to the Humanistic and Mindfulness Psychotherapy model, or those who may not who may not wish to attend a psychotherapy training
- We welcome enquiries from anyone who can show they have successfully completed a Level 3 Counselling training, or equivalent.
FEEDBACK FROM DIPLOMA STUDENTS (2016-2018)
On reflecting on the course, the most powerful part of the learning experience is that Julie has always demonstrated in her teaching, all the key concepts, theory and skills that make up the person centred model. The mindfulness element of the course sets it apart and this part alone has had a bigger impact on my life than I could have predicted.
The opportunity to put ourselves forward to work with Julie in front of the group throughout the course has provided some of the greatest depth of learning I have had. It has been the most wonderful, but soul searching, life changing and freeing journey I have ever taken which proves that counselling courses when delivered in the right way are so much more than textbook learning. I am very thankful that I found my way to Lotus Training.
FEEDBACK FROM THE EXTERNAL VERIFIER – NOV 17
This centre offers a unique experience in counselling training and the tutors provide a spiritual framework for learning which is full of self-discovery. The rooms that are used have been made into creatively colourful open spaces which provide a sense of calm which enables the practice of mindfulness, fundamental to the humanistic training here. Without exception the students were very satisfied with the level of training, they felt very well supported and were experiencing a deeply rewarding journey in self-development.’