Lesson 1 - Introduction
This e-learning course is build on a course we also and with great success offer as classroom teaching at Starbridge Centre. The classroom teaching, used exact the same material that is presented here.
How the course is build up
The course is build up as a series of related quotes frobm many different sources, bound together by our own understanding of the topic at hand.
No-one can be counsellors from theoretical knowledge alone. and in the area of transpersonal counselling, and not least in the area of death and dying, we will have to stress that to be a good and safe care giver or counsellor, sound training and knowledge of basic counselling, as for example the Extended certificate course in counselling here, is a must.
Obviously some of the topics in relation to death and dying are close to home. We try to adress different understandings of what goes on before, during and after death, and since we all are going to die, and most of us will meet loved ones – or strangers on TV, that are dying or dead, personal, emotional reactions are expectable, so in order to study such a material, you need a honest attitude to yourself, and a readiness to seek help when needed.
Lets face it, in the worst case scenario: If you realise that the subject of this course GENERALLY is too hard for you to relate to, you may have to consider withdrawing from the course.
Contact us, if this becomes a concern for you.
We ask of you that you consciously take responsibility for your own health and well-being, and we understand your signing up for this course as a acknowledgement of that.
We offer face to face training and supervision both in individual sessions, and in groups at Starbridge (groups are offered according to need and time available).
We continue to also offer the face to face certificate workshops where both teaching and training is integrated. The link to these courses can be found on the main menu.
Please note that as a student we expect that you
Promise to respect the confidentiality of information regarding other members in the group.
Are not currently under psychiatric treatment without letting us know.
Agree to maintain the full responsibility for your physical and psychological well being during the full course.
How to study
You can approach this course in two ways: Read the online text, answer the multiple choice questions, and that is it, or do that, and write the essays and submit them to us.
In the first instance you will not receive a certificate, acknowledging that you successfully passed the course, in the second case you will. The service we offer is the same.
A good way of studying this is first to read the chapter through in its entirety, then go back to the beginning and take each quote, one at a time, stay with it until it makes sense, think about it in its own right, and then move to the next quote, and think about the related quotes as a whole
In short, do not just read, study. If you have any questions, feel free to email us, emails will be checked and answered daily during weekdays.
It is our experience that a proper assimilation of this material
will take at least 1/2 year.
A good way of studying is first to read a chapter through in its entirety. Then go back to the beginning and read each quote, one at a time, stay with it until it makes sense, think about it in its own right, and then move to the next quote, and think about the related quotes as a whole.
In short, do not just read, study.
The theoretical part of the course consist of 36 topics. To help you check how much you have assimilated, each chapter conclude with a multiple choice test.
You only need to bother about this if you want Starbridge Centres
formal recognition of your study
The exam consists of two aspects:
That you have passed the individual multiple choice tests at the end of each chapter.
You must write one essay, 4-pages. The essay must be based on material covered in the course, cross referenced with relevant quotes from the teaching and with additional sources from the literature
The essay needs to be written with cross references to the material and your personal comments to this. You are most welcome to agree or disagree with us, as long as we can follow your reasoning.
Please note that since this is an exam in our teaching, the topic for your assignment, and the techniques and exercises described, must be anchored in our teaching.
Passing these two tests ensure a good theoretical understanding of the field
Only after both theoretical and practical training can one be fit is a practising caregiver.
How the essays can be written not on how you must do it:
1: Choose a subject related to the curriculum that you want to write about
2: Search the teaching material for clues on the topic
3: Search the literature-list.
4: Read the material
5: Brain-storm - write down in arbitrary order your ideas
6: Choose the good bits from the brain-storm, and put them into order
7: Write a draft
8: Read it
9: Leave it a day or two
10: Read it, add comments, new ideas etc.
11: Leave it a day or two
12: Read it
13: Make a new draft
14: Repeat steps 8 - 14 until you are satisfied.
15: Remember cross-referencing between course notes and your comments!
16: Don’t be too critical - don’t be too laid back
17: Good luck!
Please write your essay in your email format, or as word or open office or pdf format file attachments, and submit it to us on our email: exam.starbridge.com.au
Feel free to contact us via email