The aim of the Residential weekend will be to build upon the learning experience during the course.
It is time away for your own personal development and this is enhanced because you are away from your usual environment, your family, friends, work colleagues. You will be with your counselling colleagues.
All residentials will be different for every counselling training organisation but one thing remains the key to them all and that is the student's self-development. How that is delivered is down to the planning of the training provider.
At CTL you will experience two full days away on the glorious Isle of Anglesey, all your food and accommodation is included within your course fee and you will have comfortable rooms to relax and unwind after the day sessions.
The actual content will be experiential and delivered in very various ways, this may include guided visualisation, creative arts expression and small group discussions.
You will have much to contemplate during the weekend and also after the Residential has finished.
This will also be an appropriate time to write reflections in your counselling journal, which will then help you when you complete your assignments. Students were left with much to think about and reflect on well after the Residential had finished.
Take a look at what some of the students had to say about the weekend:
"A good personal learning experience"
"A very thought-provoking set of workshops, which will lead to long-term processing"
"Really worthwhile. Hard work but the digging deep was worth it"
"A great opportunity to learn more and to develop as a group"
"Great fun and eye opening - a good part of the course"
"A great opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the counselling 'bubble'"
Our 3 Tips for attending a Counselling Residential.
1. If you have any needs for your time away on the Residential then make these known to your Tutor: Whether this may be dietary, food intolerance, a sleeping need, a travelling requirement, or learning requirement.
2. Of course, you will take your journal with you to write up notes and reflections. However, consider creating an audio reflection perhaps before you attend, and also at the end of each day Sometimes you can feel quite tired to write, but last thing before you go to bed is an ideal time to talk about how your day went and what you noticed. You will be so glad of all these reflections when you come to write your personal development assignment and your Residential Reflection assignment. If you have a iPhone/android, you can record this directly or download an APP before you go.
3. Immerse yourself in your own Self Care. Sometimes when we have to organise childcare or even parent care, we can feel guilty at taking this time out. The residential is an opportunity for you to engage in your own self-care, which is something that becomes a hugely important component of being a counsellor in practice and is also in the ethical guidelines. Embrace these 2 days away, stretch out in bed, get good sleep, eat well (and you will because the food is wholesome and hearty), walk along the beach and play! You will feel uplifted and energised by the time you get home. You may feel tired but it will be a good tired.
Places are also filling up for our Basic Counselling Skills beginning January 13th, every Wednesday Evening: 6.15 - 9.15pm for 10 weeks. Cost: £125 (£100 concessions). Get in touch here if you'd like to apply.