Module Descriptions

Higher Certificate in Community Counselling (NQF5)

For a description of this module, see the Module Descriptions below

Core Curriculum

The Higher Certificate in Community Counselling has a minimum completion time of one year and a maximum duration of three years, encompassing 124 credits. The program is delivered through a combination of in-person contact sessions and distance learning.

Study Year 1 of 1 (NQF 5)

The purpose of this module is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to articulate their prior formal, non-formal and informal learning within an academic context; and in doing so to demonstrate that they have the necessary academic literacies to cope with the text-based practices of the Cornerstone programmes. In addition, the module provides students with the conceptual and procedural knowledge they require to substantiate an application for exemption based on the recognition of their prior experiential learning (RPL) and/or credit transfer (CAT) from prior formal qualifications recognised by the Senate of Cornerstone Institute.

Through this module, students will learn to use a computer for emails, internet, word processing, spreadsheet development and electronic presentation suites. This will enable students to access the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) known as Funda, which is used by Cornerstone for communication with lecturers and administrative purposes, as well as research and submission of assignments.

This module provides students with training in how to develop and design life skills programmes, psycho-educational training and individual counselling interventions. This module provides an understanding of persons, ideas and principles in the sphere of human behaviour and examines how to manage structured psycho-educational activities in personal and group interventions and how to evaluate their success.

This module provides students with an overview of the major theories of Developmental Psychology. Furthermore, the module aims to help the student understand the course of human development from conception to late adulthood. The module also seeks to address contemporary concerns in lifespan development from conception to late adulthood.

This module provides students with an understanding of inter-and intrapersonal communication skills. Focusing within an academic context specifically on personal development through self-awareness in verbal and non-verbal communication.

This module is an introduction to the most frequently encountered types of abnormal behaviour, with an overview of the symptoms, the diagnostic process, and the generally accepted treatment methods of various psychological disorders.

This module is an introduction to the theories and principles of various current approaches to psychotherapy and brief therapy.

This module seeks to create awareness about various mental health issues in the South African context. Specific focus is given to the local community and interventions that target mental health issues. The role of the mental health worker in South Africa is examined and attention is given to the challenges in mental health care.

In this module students will gain an understanding of the dynamics of crisis counselling and theories to gain insight into crisis intervention models.

This module surveys the themes of marriage development and family issues. The student will be introduced to the dynamics of change within marriage and the family as part of a developmental psychology framework.

This module aims to provide the student with a basic theoretical understanding of groups, group processes, group dynamics and the stages of in-group development.

This module aims to provide the student with an understanding of persons, ideas, and principles in the sphere of human behaviour, which we understand as the social sciences. The historical development and current status of psychology, investigative activities, and significant findings are reviewed. Psychology: An Introduction will also engage with psychological thought in relation to the South African context.

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