This first year of the Bachelor of Counselling helps students develop a strong understanding of counselling theory, including the counselling process, self-awareness, human development, personal and professional boundaries and principles of psychology. Students must complete this year before being eligible for the Bachelor of Counselling Year 2. A student can exit from study at this time with a Certificate in Interpersonal Skills (Level 5).
The focus for this year shifts to a supervised practicum whereby placement within an approved counselling setting combines with weekly on-campus classes, to develop students competence and confidence in the Person-Centred counselling approach. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice.
The Bachelor of Counselling (Level 7) extends the supervised practicum, with students completing a further 100 hours of face-to-face counselling practice. On-campus classes enhance the theoretical depth of students’ knowledge and awareness, underpinning the practical counselling experience. Students also choose two elective papers in this year, enabling exploration of more specialised topics.
Absolutely. All of our qualifications are accredited and approved through the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and are internationally recognised.
We have two values that we use to guide our decisions:
God Honouring (He whakahonore i te Atua)
Client Focussed (He manaaki i te tangata)