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Tuesday, October 09, 2018 Super User Workshops 295


Topics endorsed by various professional bodies, such as South African Council for Educators (SACE), are:

Adhering to ethics made practical - CPTD Workshop – 5 points

Trauma Relief for Management - CPTD Workshop – 5 points

Wellness and Self-Care in the school community - CPTD Workshop – 5 points

Victim Empowerment - CPTD Workshop – 5 points

Basic Trauma Support working with adults - CPTD Workshop – 5 points

Basic Trauma Support with Children- CPTD Workshop – 5 points. This workshop will link with the childrens’ book series and accompanying therapeutic tools for working with children, authored and illustrated by Dr Barbara Louw, that will be launched soon.

Diversity Awareness (SACE CPTD points pending)

Roles and Responsibilities when serving on Board and Committees (SACE CPTD points pending)

Principles of Coaching and Mentoring (SACE CPTD points pending)


Other counselling-related topics that we will be presenting include:

Embitterment in the Workplace (CPSC 4 CPD points)

Hope and Embitterment (CPSC 4 CPD points)

Bitterness, Revenge and Resiliency (CPSC 4 CPD points)

Posttraumatic Wellness Model for Counsellors (CPSC 4 CPD points)

Emotional First Aid for Trauma Responders (CPSC 4 CPD points)

Professionalism and Professional Bodies(CPSC 2 CPD points) This workshop will be sponsored for participant who enrol for at least one other CPD workshop.

We also identified a significant need for business skills for counsellors and practice managers, that Aquilla Financial Solutions will address by offering courses like:

FPI My Money 123Financial Education for All presented by a member of Financial Planning Institute of South Africa. This workshop will be sponsored.

Business Management in a Counselling Practice(CPSC 3 CPD points)

Practice Risk Management (CPSC 2 CPD points)

More information



Sunday, March 17, 2019 Super User Blog 74

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Counsellors serves different people with different needs within the community as setting, such as in towns, cities and rural areas.

In our South African community, counselling is orientated towards the importance of the individual as well as the larger group. Counselling is about providing encouragement, assistance, support and care for people, in the communal milieu.

Counselling is thus a helping relationship between the counsellor and community member. In this helping relationship, the focus is on empowering people to deal with acknowledged and shared problems.

The purpose of the counselling relationship is offering support, help and guidance in order to enable the individual or group to deal with the present situation. Dealing this the present situation includes making decisions within their current life situation and personal frame of reference.

The individual or group asking for counselling may come from any context within the community setting, such as Inter Trauma Nexus, school, church, clinic, police service centre or a private practice. The awareness of ‘community’ has been emphasised by the South African government’s philosophy of Ubuntu and Bathu Pele.

The field of counselling draws knowledge and applies principles from fields of counselling in psychology, social work, employee assistance programmes, education, victimology, criminology, health professions and the larger church and pastoral fields.

In general, the counsellor’s primary function is to assist people to deal with specific “here-and-now” problems. However, the counsellor’s focus area may involve people such as the homeless, jobless, widowed, aged, sexual abused, victims of violence, crime and conflict, people living with HIV/Aids and other terminal illnesses, as well as the disabled in the community.

The counsellor may work with individuals, small or large groups, including families and community leaders. The issues presenting may include dysfunctions in the community, such as substance abuse, conflict, trauma, disease outbreaks, natural disasters, mental health, relationships, life skills, spiritual needs and other specific “here-and-now” problems.

The counsellor’s tasks include being a situational facilitator and sounding board, in order to enhance the individual’s understanding of the life situation and encouraging them to take responsibility to make the required changes to enhance their wellbeing.

“I see counselling as a gentle nudge to change and grow towards healing and wellbeing” – Dr Barbara Louw.

For more detail about workshops across South Africa and CPD/CPTD accredited presentations visit Aquilla Training.

The workshops focus on three main areas: Counselling Skills, Management and Ethical Practices.

The most popular workshop deals with how to start your own private practice or business.

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