Mental Health Counselors Training Program

Mental Health Counselors Training Program

Mental Health Counseling is a separate established scientific domain that recently has seen a dynamic evolution and in our country. It applies in many aspects of an individuals’ life such as work, family, education, heath, society and wherever the needs of our modern world deem necessary.

 

Mental Health Counseling refers to a systematic, organized and scientifically developed process that focuses in the development and empowerment of the individual in order to obtain a healthier, balanced and creative life. In other words it facilitates and promotes mental health.

Among the subjects that Mental Health Counseling deals with is self-awareness, self-fulfillment, psychological support, problem solving, intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict management, adjustment to change etc.

Through this process a Mental Health Counselor provides support and help to individuals who want to gain the awareness they need to develop their self-esteem and comprehension of their choices. He helps them to increase their self –empowerment, autonomy and acceptance of responsibility towards themselves and others, to enhance their abilities to manage conflicts, to clarify their values and gain effective social skills.

Of course this help and support can be appropriately and responsibly provided only by Counselors given the training on theory, ethics, skills, methodology and tools necessary to the application and practice of Mental Health Counseling.

The Training Program is addressed to: 

  • University / College Graduates (sociologists, social anthropologists, teachers, physicians, nurses, lawyers, etc.)
  • People with Bachelor degree on Counseling
  • Human Resource managers, Business Consultants, artists
  • Individuals who have experience in the counseling field or have attended some other course in counseling.

 

Training Program Participation Conditions 

  • Individual interview
  • Application Form and CV
  • 2 Reference Letters from mental health professionals (professors, directors, supervisors).

The Training Program complies with HAC (Hellenic Association for Counseling) educational standards and includes:

  • 450 hours training on the Gestalt psychotherapy approach theory (minimum 3 year training)*
  • 100 hours basic training including Introduction to Consulting & Basic skills, Psychopathology and thematic training workshops on subjects such as crises, abuse, losse etc.
  • 200 hours practice
  • 50 hours supervision (of which 40 hours must be individual supervision)
  • 200 hours personal development allocated to 150 hours of group therapy (three years) and 50 hours of individual therapy
  • Bibliography Study
  • Term papers
  • Thesis – Case Study papers.

* Opportunity to attend the 4th year training program after consultation with the trainers.

Training Completion

For the completion of the training program trainees are required to hand in their thesis paper (bibliography or case study).

With the successful completion of the required hours and the turning in of the required papers, the mental health counselor trainee acquires the necessary accreditation on Gestalt Psychotherapy approach from the Center which allows him to submit the necessary documents in order to become a member of the HAC (Hellenic Association for Counseling).