How to prepare for your Counselling interview

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Here are some tips from that will help you to prepare for your Counselling and Therapeutic Practice interview.

Beforehand

Get ready to ask questions
Read our course webpage carefully and make a list of any extra questions you’d like answered. Be sure to bring your list of questions with you on the day and we will do our best to answer all your questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask.  

Research about counselling
Take a look at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website and find out as much as you can about counselling. On the BA (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Practice you will learn an integrative approach particularly suited to short or medium term work. ‘Integrative’ means that you learn several different ways of working therapeutically with people, and are taught to use these flexibly to suit the individual client, the problems they are experiencing, and the way that fits best for you as a counsellor. 

Personal development 
Training as a counsellor is something that needs some serious consideration as it is personally and professionally challenging, as well as very satisfying. You will be learning to work with people who may be vulnerable and distressed. For this you need to be able to develop your understanding of yourself, so you can recognise how other people see you, and how you respond to different clients and their difficulties. Throughout the course, personal development takes place through activities, group work, learning journals and by being a ‘client’ in skills practice with other students. At interview we will look at how ready you are to do this type of work.