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Training Courses

Choose Christian counselling training courses to support you in a wide range of professional and volunteer roles.

Our courses are validated by external validating bodies (COSCA, Diploma in Integrative Counselling), IACP  Diploma in Counsellor Supervision). We have carefully designed the Diploma courses to meet the criteria of national accrediting bodies in other countries and many of our students go on to be accredited by them.

Vital Connexions has been offering the Diploma Course for 20 years and one of the unique features of this course is the inclusion of a Christian worldview.

The programme is integrative in approach embracing the concepts of Person Centred Counselling, Psychodynamic Counselling and CBT.

Students are encouraged to grow together in to a learning community that is supportive and mutually inspiring. The course material is taught through didactic teaching, media presentations, group discussion and students are encouraged read, study, practice and process the material that is presented.

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The Cyclical Model of Supervision: Page and Woskett

This course is fully accredited by the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The Core Theoretical Model: This is a 5 stage model which helps Course participants to “Make the Most of Supervision” and also leads them through various development stages to “Becoming a Supervisor.”

This course is suitable for Counsellors and Psychologists from a wide spectrum of Counselling Theoretical orientations e.g. Person Centered: Psychodynamic and C.B.T. Some people also choose to work Cross Professionally with the Supervision model.

Admission to the course is by application form, recommendation from your current Supervisor and an interview with 2 core staff members. Please download the application form and send to Vital Connexions with a resume of your professional experience and a letter stating why you wish to undertake the course.

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This integrative course (60 hours) is for Counsellors and those working in pastoral care. The course builds skills for those who wish to help couples have a more vibrant and connected relationship.

The course contains experiential learning including triads practice in couple work, group discussion, didactic teaching, media presentations and lots of fun and energy! The work of the following writers will be integrated into the Course and students will develop skills and a professional way of being with couples.

Module 1: “Bridging the Couple Chasm”

Based on material from Dr John and Julie Gottman PhD:

Interventions: Love Maps, Nurturing Fondness and Admiration, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and how to stop them! Solvable and Unsolvable Problems, Overcoming Gridlock, Turning Towards, The Sound Relationship House and Shared Meaning.

Module 2: “Hold Me Tight”
7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love- Adult Attachment Wounding

Based on material from Dr Sue Johnson (Emotional Focussed Therapy With Couples)

Interventions: Demon Dialogues, Raw Spots, Revisiting Rocky Moments, Engaging and Connecting, Forgiving Injuries, Bonding through Sex and Touch

Module 3: “The Conscious and Unconscious Marriage”

Based on material  from Dr. Harville Hendrix.

Interventions: What is Imago Relationship Therapy, the Conscious and Unconscious Marriage, Childhood Wound, Power Struggles, Maximising and Minimizing in Relationships, Exit Strategies, Expressing Appreciations and Frustrations, Plans for Change and  Shared Vision.

Module 4:

“Helping Couples Get Past the Affair:”

Based on the work of Douglas Snyder.

  • A three stage approach in both theoretical understanding and treatment interventions.
  • To help couples to understand and cope with what they are experiencing in the moment.
  • To help the couple develop a clear and complete understanding of how they reached the crisis.
  • To offer couples an explicit strategy for how to work through the crisis and move on.

Sex : Love and Intimate Relationships

Based on the work of Diamond and Robert Firestone (Voice Therapy)

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The course is for anyone who wishes to move from Strength to Strength and for those who wish to move from a position of strength to help others.

The course is a wonderful resource for your life and is also the introduction for the Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy for those who wish to become professional counsellors.

The course embraces theology, psychology and Christian principles of tri-dimensional healing and is designed to increase other awareness, self awareness and awareness of our potential in God.

In the 21st century, the Christian faith can offer great strength to a generation that is looking for purpose and hope.

On this course you will learn about:

  • communication styles
  • skills in communication
  • boundaries in our lives and in our work
  • values, difference and diversity
  • valleys in our lives and the power of the past
  • your johari window
  • challenge and change

The course is taught over 2 day blocks in Ireland and Scotland and often in one 3-4 day block abroad. There is worship and Bible teaching each day.

Over the past 20 years Strength to strength (formerly Listening with the Heart) has been taught all over the world, including, South Africa, China, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia and Egypt.

If you have a group of 15+ people who are interested in the course please get in touch.

This year we are hoping to offer the course in Sofia, Bulgaria and Israel.

Trainers: Andrea Wigglesworth and Vicky McEvoy

Upcoming Courses

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Strength to Strength Aberdeen 2019

4 January 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2 February 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Strength to Strength Belfast 2019

22 February 2019 - 23 March 2019

Strength to Strength Edinburgh 2019

29 March 2019 - 27 April 2019