Short Course in Trauma Counseling 

Short Course in Trauma Counseling

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BECOME A SAFE, EFFECTIVE SUPPORT FOR TRAUMA SURVIVORS

The South African Stress and Health Study (SASH) found that trauma exposure of the general population, in present day South Africa is approximately 78.3%. It is however still an incredibly isolating experience with trauma survivors often feeling confused and overwhelmed by what they experience psychologically and physically in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. There are often limited avenues of support and psychoeducation available to trauma survivors. However, well-trained trauma counselors that are able to provide safe, effective and empowering trauma counseling can powerfully fill this gap and support trauma survivors on a recovery journey. 

“I really enjoyed Candice. Your compassion and the way you held space for us. Thank you. Much respect for all the knowledge shared and the curiosity created.”

Cands is a licensed counselor and yoga therapist that specializes in trauma and mental health. She has supported many individuals and group therapy programs focused on the recovery from psychological trauma, and the physical health challenges that appear to co-occur with post-traumatic stress. Cands is also completing her Masters thesis within this focus area. This means that not only are you receiving training direct from Cands, based on many hours of personal experience and training, but training that is also based on current, world-class academic research in this field. 

Cands is a licensed counselor and yoga therapist that specializes in trauma and mental health. She has supported many individuals and group therapy programs focused on the recovery from psychological trauma, and the physical health challenges that appear to co-occur with post-traumatic stress. Cands is also completing her Masters thesis within this focus area. This means that not only are you receiving training direct from Cands, based on many hours of personal experience and training, but training that is also based on current, world-class academic research in this field. 

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Our short course in trauma counseling is conducted online and can be attended from anywhere you choose. It is a 15 hour, 6 week program (our next cohort is 10 April – 15 May ’24). 

“Cands is very knowledgeable and organised, I knew what to expect every step of the journey, which is great for a planner like myself. I felt supported throughout the course.”

This course is for you if:

  • You are curious about trauma counseling and are just starting out.
  • You have limited trauma counseling knowledge and would like to deepen this.
  • You would like to receive training that is evidence-based and rooted in the South African and broader African context.
  • You would like to confidently offer trauma counseling to trauma survivors.
  • You would like to be eligible to be a probono or paid facilitator on our group support programs.
  • Aspiring and established counselors welcome. If you have not studied counseling / psychology / similar, please pop us a mail here with your academic and / or practical experience, so that we are able to advise if this is a good fit for you. 

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As a licensed counsellor and yoga therapist that specializes in trauma and mental health, with a strong public health background, it’s important to me that this short course in trauma counseling is evidence-based, experiential, accessible and rooted in local context. 

Evidence-based

These training programs are and will continue to be informed by current and world-class academic research in trauma, trauma recovery and trauma counseling. Not all trauma counseling is created equal, and it’s important to study those methods proven in research and clinical trials to be effective and safe for trauma survivors. We ensure we do no harm in this way. You can read more about my background here.

Experiential

It is very hard, if not impossible, to teach from a place with no lived experience. It is for this reason that these training programs have a strong component of self-reflection, and practical hours training (including trauma counseling practice). These are training programs that will teach you immense amounts about yourself, and promote personal growth. From here you are able to start providing effective trauma counseling.

Accessible

We appreciate the difficulty some students may face in traveling to training, both in terms of cost and personal care responsibilities. For this reason, our training is conducted entirely online. We have ensured the integrity of the training while ensuring it is as financially accessible to those that would like to attend. Every live theory class is recorded and will be available for viewing for the duration of the training program. So you are able to attend around your work schedule. We also offer full and part scholarships on these training programs. Please join my mailing list at the top of this page to be notified of our upcoming scholarship opportunities.

Rooted in local context

It is no surprise that South Africans are exposed to very high levels of trauma, this is higher than the global average. In this training, we are sensitive to the local context of our clients and their communities. We take international, world-class research and understand it through a local lens. This ensures effectiveness in our individual contexts, for our clients.

Evidence-based

These training programs are and will continue to be informed by current and world-class academic research in trauma, trauma recovery and trauma counseling. Not all trauma counseling is created equal, and it’s important to study those methods proven in research and clinical trials to be effective and safe for trauma survivors. We ensure we do no harm in this way. You can read more about my background here.

Experiential

It is very hard, if not impossible, to teach from a place with no lived experience. It is for this reason that these training programs have a strong component of self-reflection, and practical hours training (including counseling practice). These are training programs that will teach you immense amounts about yourself, and promote personal growth. From here you are able to start providing effective trauma counseling.

Accessible

We appreciate the difficulty some students may face in traveling to training, both in terms of cost and personal care responsibilities. For this reason, our training is conducted entirely online. We have ensured the integrity of the training while ensuring it is as financially accessible to those that would like to attend. Every live theory class is recorded and will be available for viewing for the duration of the training program. So you are able to attend around your work schedule. We also offer full and part scholarships on these training programs. Please join my mailing list at the top of this page to be notified of our upcoming scholarship opportunities.

Rooted in local context

It is no surprise that South Africans are exposed to very high levels of trauma, this is higher than the global average. In this training, we are sensitive to the local context of our clients and their communities. We take international, world-class research and understand it through a local lens. This ensures effectiveness in our individual contexts, for our clients.

SCHEDULE

15 hours, 6 weeks, all online 10 April – 15 May ’24.

 

  • 8 hours theory training (4 x 2 hour, live, classes held via Zoom, each Wednesday evening 7pm – 9pm SAST). Recordings accessible until course end date, 15 May ’24.
  • 4 hours homework training.
  • 2 hours practical training (group practical training and supervision).
  • 1 hour final assignment (final written homework assignment).
  • All components need to be completed  by the course end date for you to graduate successfully. 
  • Final graduation ceremony (held online, via Zoom).

              FAQs:

              Will there be recordings?

              Yes, all live, theory classes are recorded and can be attended when works best for you. They will be available until the course end date. 

              What if I am going to be late for a theory session?

              No problem! All theory sessions are recorded and will be made available to you within 24 hours of the class, and until the course end date.

              What is the schedule?

              Scroll to the section above this for the schedule. All theory classes are recorded and available until the course end date. Group practical classes are scheduled as per individual availability. Homework, personal practice and assignments are due weekly and you can partake in these as best suits your schedule. All components need to be completed by the course end date for you to graduate successfully. 

              What does this qualify me to do?

              It is dependent on the scope of practice you currenty hold. For aspiring and established licensed counselors, this will better equip you to deliver effective trauma counseling to your clients. With this certification, you will be trained and qualified to apply to facilitate on our group support programs.

              Can I attend this training if I'm not currently a licesned counselors or mental health professional?

              Yes you are welcome to. However, please contact us here first with your academic and / or practical experience so that we can advise if this will be a good fit for you.

              Who is this training registered through?

              This is our own, indepedent training. It is not registered through any external body. This is for a few different reasons but primarily because we have a specific vision for the training and where we believe this field is heading. It’s an exciting time!

              Will I be guaranteed to facilitate on your group support programs?

              At this stage, we only allow counselors trained in our methodology to facilitate on our group support programs. However, there is an application process per program and those shortlisted will be invited to facilitate. NB: these are mostly probono opportunities. 

              Do you offer refunds?
              • We will issue you with a 75% refund (via EFT)  should you cancel or notify us that you will not be able to attend this training at least 60 days prior to the program start date.
              • We will issue you with a 50% credit note to use for any of our products and services (valid for 12 months), should you cancel or notify us that you will not be able to attend this training within 30 – 60 days of the program start date.
              • No refund or credit note is provided if you cancel within 30 days of the program start date or exit the program or do not finish the program within the allocated course dates.
              The times don’t work for me - are there alternative sessions?

              As I’ve received interest from multiple time zones, the times listed above are the best ones to accommodate all who are interested at this stage.

              Will I have access to you & questions during the program?

              Absolutely. You will be able to ask me questions at any stage of the training program (in classes and on email should you prefer). 

              Do you offer payment plans?

              Yes. 50% (non-refundable) secures your place, remaining 50% is due withn 45 days of course start date. Please mail me here for information on this. NB: this does not apply to discounted prices.

              Can I share this with friends, family, clients & others?

              Yes you are welcome to! It is open to anyone who feels this could be their heart work. 

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