Being mindful and aware of those around us is a necessity in today’s society where a single social media post can go global in minutes. Mental health has been a focus recently for related charities and the NHS with their website stating that “one in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness.”
The Cornwall College Group (TCCG) offers four courses related to counselling, based at Duchy College, Rosewarne, and has recently seen an increase in enrolments over the past year with over 70 students now studying the popular courses.
Debs Williams, Team Lead for Counselling for TCCG explains; “Counselling provision is stretched in Cornwall and very poor compared to other parts of country. It’s great to see that we are providing an increased number of professional counsellors for our local communities. In Cornwall there is a huge need for low cost counselling. Our student counsellors are approaching their training, where they often themselves have noticed a gap, so they’re driven by an altruistic sense of wanting to put something back after they have had some support in the past.”
The reputation of the college providing quality counsellors has grown substantially over recent years and has seen not only counselling charities and agencies wanting to work with our student counsellors but schools as well.
Debs continued; “Statistics show increases in child and adolescent mental health, seeing an increase in self-harm. An alarming fact is that the age of self-harm has decreased now to primary school age children as well as secondary.”
The majority of the counselling courses are one day a week, which means that a lot of the students who study are doing so to retrain and change their career. The courses start from a Level 2 introduction through to a BA (Hons) Degree in Counselling.
Deb explained; “we encourage students with life experience and therefore our students are usually in their 30s plus but we have had a student as young as 21. If someone is thinking that counselling is for me and that I could do that and you have no HE credits or counselling experience, it will take you approximately 3 and a half years to become a trained counsellor. However counsellors are always learning and there are always new techniques and methods to be researched and explored!”
The Cornwall College Group offer the only British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited diploma course in Cornwall that has an in house provision for placements. This means that the students can get their 100 hours of supervised clinical practice needed for their course at a TCCG campus rather than search for an external agency.
As well as counselling courses TCCG also provides a low cost, confidential counselling service for over 18’s called Penhaligon Counselling Agency, to find out more search Penhaligon Counselling on Facebook.
For more information on the counselling courses or any of the other courses run at Duchy College, Rosewarne, come to a Course and Careers Advice Event on Thursday 9th May, 5pm-7.30pm. Find out about courses and apprenticeships in; Agriculture, Animal Management, Dog Grooming, Floristry, Horticulture (including RHS part-time courses), Land-based engineering and Construction Plant, Teaching and Education, Veterinary Nursing. For more information on the range of courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.