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***OLD***Holistic Counselling Skills Certificate***OLD***

This course is ideal for individuals, or alternative holistic therapists who want to enrich their lives and practise by learning basic counselling skills from a holistic point of view.

Now taking registrations for July 2016

Contact us to have your questions answered.

This online course brings a fantastic opportunity for you to suit your academic needs while fitting in with your schedule.

Due to the majority of this course being conducted online, it is highly suitable for people from remote areas and overseas.

Course Overview

The Holistic Counselling Skills Course provides an introduction to Counselling and Communication skills through Metavision’s Holistic Worldview. To help you become an effective communicator, these skills can be applied to your work situation as well as your personal life. Our Holistic lens ensures that your self-awareness grows along with your interpersonal skills. You will receive Professional Development (PD) points on the successful completion of the course.

The Holistic Counselling Skills will give you a solid foundation of knowledge that will help you in your personal life, your relationships and in your current work. From the very beginning and all throughout the course you will be able to apply your learning to your life and work.

Core Philosophies

We use the Metavision Model which has a foundation in Process Oriented Psychology and the Deep Democracy of Arnold Mindell, as well as the Spiritual Science and teachings of Rudolf Steiner.   Combined with quantum physics, Eastern philosophy and Jungian depth-psychology, our teachings provides a pathway to the deeper realms of Soul and Spirit. It gives a solid foundation on which you can build a toolkit of experience to form a truly holistic approach to your work.

We aim to awaken intuition, imagination and inspiration while we teach the core skills of Holistic Counselling and Communication.

Course Format

The Holistic Counselling Skills Certificate provides an excellent combination of study approaches to meet the needs of the modern world. You will complete the vast majority of your study online in contact with your peers, tutors and the Metavision community. 

We value personal interaction as an important part of your study. Therefore we aim to connect you with your peers in the course to allow for collaboration and connection in respect to the content. This is an important part of adult learning and greatly improves familiarity with the subject.

The assessments are varied with an emphasis on experiential learning. They are designed to enhance your engagement with the content, to develop self-reflective practices and to learn collaboratively.  You will find the assessments highly relevant and useful.

Course Outline 

Phase 1 and 2 can be taken as stand alone subjects 

*Please note that the course structure and order is subject to change as the course evolves.

Phase One

Emotional Intelligence and Foundational Counselling Skills

Teacher: Christina Nielsen

  • Deep listening and what it really means.
  • Presence, what does it mean to be there for another?
  • Foundational Skills of Counselling
  • Reflective listening and empathy
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Skilful use of questions
  • Shaping a healing conversation

  • One Week Break

Phase Two

Effective Communication in the Workplace

Teacher: Christina Nielsen

  • Noticing Tensions, trouble spots and difficulties.
  • Confidentiality, gossip and alliances.
  • Power dynamics and rank
  • Working with conflict I
  • Working with conflict II
  • Inner Conflict
  • Enhancing teamwork


  • One Week Break

Phase Three

Applying Counselling and Communication Skills to Life

Teacher: Christina Nielsen

  • Self reflective practices.
  • Meta Skills of counselling and therapeutic alliance.
  • Embracing diversity.
  • Extending counselling skills I.
  • Extending counselling skills II and appropriate referral.
  • Developing your natural writing voice.
  • The nuts and bolts of academic writing.

  • End of Course

Course Dates


Intake One (HCS161)


Phase 1

11th February – 31st March

Phase 2

7th April – 26th May

Phase 3

2nd June – 21st July

Intake Two (HCS162)


Phase 1

7th July – 25th August

Phase 2

1st September – 20th October

Phase 3

27th October – 15th December


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13th and 14th of August 2016 Foundational Counselling Skills Workshop -- Free for HCS students!

Run over two days in the Southern Highlands, this workshop will help you gain a greater understanding of the Micro-Skills of counselling. There will be experiential exercises to deepen the knowledge that you have gained online as well as being able to connect face-to-face with your fellow students.

*The 2 day workshop is compulsory for people wanting to continue with Metavision's Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy course.

Entry Requirements

You must own a computer, be connected to the internet and have basic computer skills.

Who This Course Is For

  • This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn about counselling from a holistic perspective.
  • Teachers, managers, business owners, who want to work sensitively and effectively with their students clients and colleagues.
  • Complementary therapists, yoga teachers etc, who want a counselling certificate
  • Team leaders who want coaching and communication skills
  • Those with no counselling experience who would like to one-day practise professionally as a counsellor
  • People seeking to gain personal development, transformative knowledge and spiritual awareness

Course Details

  • 7 weeks per Phase x 3 Phases = 21 Weeks total
  • E-Learning, home study and optional attendance to a two-day workshop with your study peers
  • Assessments conducted throughout the Phases