The School of Psycho Synthetic Counselling, accredited by the National Board of Professional Counsellors (Coordinamento Nazionale Counsellor Professionisti – C.N.C.P.) holds the following courses:
1. Two-year Basic Course:
2. Professional Course (3rd year):
SCHOOL OF COUNSELLING PROGRAMME
Counselling: historical briefing, theoretical development, prospects: 4 hours
FUNDAMENTALS OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC PSYCHOLOGY
1. Theory on personality: 12 hours
2. Multifaceted nature and sub-personality: 12 hours
3. The concept of identity: The “I” and the process of dis-identification: 12 hours
4. Mental functions: 12 hours
5. Types: 12 hours
6. The I-ness and the transpersonal dimension: 12 hours
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY ELEMENTS
1. General psychology: 10 hours
2. Psychology of growth: 12 hours
3. Group theory: 12 hours
4. Interpersonal relations theory: 12 hours
PSYCHO SYNTHETIC PSYCHOLOGY (DYNAMIC ASPECTS)
1. Psychodynamics and psycho energetics: 14 hours
2. Act of will: 14 hours
3. Image of Self and ideal model: 14 hours
4. Body-emotions-mind and bio-Psychosynthesis: 14 hours
5. Defense mechanisms: 14 hours
1. Elements of general psychopathology: 14 hours
SPECIFIC OPERATIONAL CONTENT
1. Elements of sexology: 14 hours
2. Counselling in the health care: 14 hours
3. Elements in work psychology: business counselling: 14 hours
4. Elements in psycho pedagogy and school psychology. School counselling: 14 hours
5. Elements of ethics and professional deontology. Counsellor competences: 8 hours included in the Evaluation and Research Seminar week-end
GENERAL METHODOLOGY OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING
1. Evaluation elements of human potential: 14 hours
2. Psycho synthetic counselling: setting, report, process: 14 hours
3. Interview in counselling: theory and technique: 14 hours
4. Methods and techniques in the aid relations: 14 hours
5. Evaluation and research in the counselling process: 8 hours – included in the Ethics and professional deontology seminar week-end
6. Supervision: 10 hours
COUNSELLING PRACTICE IN SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS
1. Counselling in childhood and adolescence: 14 hours
2. Individual counselling in the adult and senior age: 14 hours
3. Couple and family counselling: 14 hours
3. Group and community counselling: 14 hours
4. Multi-cultural counselling: 8 hours
5. Supervision: 10 hours
Tutorship: 8 hours
30 hours of psycho synthetic individual training (within the two years), thus distributed:
- 26 hours of individual Psychosynthesis with an authorized psychotherapist from SIPT
- 4 hours of academic supervision with a SIPT teacher
Practice: 15 hours (at the end of the course), to take place in public facilities (agreements to be concluded).
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION OF HOURS
Group seminars: 398 hours
Group Tutorship: 8 hours
- 26 hours (individual Psychosynthesis)
- 4 hours (academic supervision)
- Practice at the end of the course: 15 hours
Group supervision: 20 hours
Grand total: 471 hours
SIPT (Società Italiana di Psicosintesi Terapeutica)
Via S. Domenico 14, 50133 Florence – Italy
Seminars + tutoring + annual evaluation interview + admission interview + final examination and thesis discussion: Euro 2.400 (per year). Individual training (individual Psychosynthesis sessions and academic supervision): separate price.
PRACTICAL AND APPLICATION EXPERIENCE
The practical and application experiences take place during the seminars activities. Each seminar is generally divided in two parts (more or less equivalent to the total hours):
Historical briefing, theory, method, present developments and future perspectives, essential bibliography.
- exercise in groups and for group;
- sharing experiences;
- development and conceptualization of experiences;
- exercises (in pairs, in groups):
- general training on aid relation:
- listening, silence, word;
- verbal and nonverbal communication;
- empathy, resonance, consonance;
- specific training in various fields and applications (contextualisation of skills and competences acquired in specific situations):
- demand analysis;
- consultancy contract;
- setting (context and rules)
- limits and potentiality of the intervention
- indications and contraindications
GOAL, PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
The programme goal is to form a PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLOR. The training programme is meant for those who intend to acquire competences and abilities to carry out the ACTIVITY OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLOR, to be construed as support and/or guidance in the areas of operational responsibility.
The overall objective is the acquisition of theoretical and applied skills and interpersonal and communication skills (necessary to carry out the work of psycho synthetic counsellor). We can distinguish:
- acquisition and development of personal skills and abilities;
- acquisition and development of specific skills and abilities (in the areas of operational responsibilities).
PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING
The PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING is, firstly, the establishment of an inter-subjective relationship between a person – or a couple or a group of people – who is in a problematic situation or existential conflict or criticism, and another person believed competent and able to help to direct and/or resolve the problem or conflict or individual – or pair or group – crisis. We can call it an encounter between two human players, one of which (individual or couple or group) feels that he is in a situation of existential difficulty – problem or conflict or crisis – and tries to expose it to another person, who listens to him carefully, aware and involved, and tries to help identify, properly set, guide and resolve his problem or conflict or crisis.
PURPOSE OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING
The PURPOSE OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING is to address a specific existential situation of difficulty and discomfort, facilitating the development and utilisation of inner resources and potentials of the customer, in order for the customer to implement a proper attitude in the face of his situation, which may be, accordingly, to process (transformative action and solution) or to accept a limit, by using however in both cases the situation of existential discomfort as an opportunity to promote a process of growth and maturation of the subject-customer. Therefore, we will have accordingly:
- Identification, definition (or re-definition) and the management of the problem (or a conflict or a crisis);
- Identification of the solution of the problem;
- Removal of obstacles to solving the problem;
- Problem solution;
- Growth and maturation.
ACCEPTANCE OF LIMIT
- Identification, definition (or re-definition) and grading of the existential situation of difficulty and/or discomfort;
- Support and sharing of the existential situation of difficulty and discomfort;
- Identification of the limit of the intervention;
- Growth and maturation.
FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING
- Human meeting (communication, dialogue, conversation);
- Conscious and voluntary co-operation between the subject with problem (or conflictual or critical situation) and the subject counsellor;
- Possibility of change;
- Participation and willingness to change.
- Focus on the problem to be solved;
- Work at consciousness and willpower level, and at relational level;
- Contract agreed between client and counsellor with definition of rules (time, frequency, fee, etc.) and the plan for resolving the problem;
- Exclusion of investigating deeper levels of the unconscious;
- Intervention target to solving problematic situations or conflicts or crisis:
where the customer is aware;
where the customer is unaware;
- Intervention generally short;
- Intervention with defined timeframe (“definition of intervention time”).
PERSONALITY OF REFERENCE THEORY OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING
- The subjective identity (I-Self) as the centre, source and destination of personality;
- The conscience and the will as the fundamental aspects of identity;
- The conscience as a matter of awareness and opportunity of knowing-understanding-identifying the problem;
- The will as a matter of conscious energy of the “I” and as possibility to act on the problem to solve it;
- The relation as inter-subjective dialogue (I-You), which makes the flow of energy and the transformative processes possible;
- The laws of psychodynamic that governs the interactions between the various psycho energies (which the will must take into account);
- The stages of the act of will: purpose-motivation, deliberation, choice, statement, programming, management of implementation;
- The ideal model as a new image of the personality to be achieved, corresponding to the making of a maturation step (solution of the issue);
- The principle of synthesis: goal and mean of the psycho synthetic process, creative and evolutive expression at different levels and dimensions of the person and the context of life;
- The transpersonal dimension that represents the most potential and essential quality, not ordinary states of consciousness beyond the boundaries of individuals.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND EVALUATION
Accredited by the National Board of Professional Counsellor – Coordinamento Nazionale Counsellor Professionisti – C.N.C.P.
CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION
The educational courses in psycho synthetic counselling are aimed, in preference, at professionals working in social aid and health care (Doctors, Psychologists, Nurses, Workers in Obstetrics, Social Workers, Professional Educators, Professionals in the field of Rehabilitation, etc), education (Teachers, Psychopedagogists, etc.), company (Manager, Coach, etc.), sports (Trainers, etc.), community (Directors of community, etc.), family and couples (Health Practitioners, Psychologists, etc.), and in general to operators performing activities strongly related to aid and support.
The course is also aimed at people working in the field of aid in recognised voluntary associations, as well as students or graduates in professions relating to aid.
In the end, the course is aimed also at people who, even if not belonging to previous categories, have strong and genuine motivation to perform a profession in the field of aid, and are in possession of good cultural knowledge as well as appropriate attitudes and personal qualities.
The minimum educational qualification requirement is a Diploma of Higher School.
The candidate student must send an application form to the School Office, addressed to the Director of the School, with attached a “detailed” 1 professional curriculum vitae.
Admission will be done after at least an appraisal of suitability of the candidate by a teacher authorised by SIPT (teacher or teaching assistant of SIPT)1, who will assess the evaluation2 and sent it to the Director of the School, who in turn will make the final ratification.
Notification to the student will be notified by letter. The view of assessment is final.
After admission, the assessment of students is carried out:
a. Ongoing, through:
1. Students’ written reports on each workshops;
2. Evaluation of each teacher in each workshop;
3. Evaluation of the group tutor3
4.Assessment of the supervising teacher (individual tutor).
b. Interview examination at the end of the first year with a Commissioning body composed of three of the course professors (teachers and teaching assistant of SIPT), who will express the vote in thirtieths.
Students must have attended planned seminars and have delivered all written reports on each workshop; they will also be in possession of their individual trainer certification on the number of sessions conducted (at least 13 per annum) and the endorsement of their supervising teacher (with whom he must have had two sessions a year). This documentation should be delivered at least 10 days before the examination.
In any case, to access the first year exam, student should not have exceeded 20% of leave of absence in relation to the total hours of an entire year (including the hours of seminars, group tutor, individual training), with eventual reschedule in the following year.
c. Final examination and discussion of the thesis at the end of the course with a Commissioning body composed of three of the course professors (teachers and teaching assistant of SIPT), who will express the vote in thirtieths.
To access the final exam and the discussion of the thesis students must not have exceeded 10% of leave of absence of the two years of the course4.
The second year seminars will be interspersed so that students can reschedule any seminar missed during the first year. The developed thesis must be approved and signed by the supervising teacher and must reach the Secretariat of SIPT at least thirty days before the day fixed for the discussion.
Students, who at the end of the two-year course will not have the quorum of attendance, cannot take the final exam and discuss the thesis. They can still enrol as “external” in the following year and attend the missed seminars, and, once reached the quorum of attendance, they will take the final exam and discuss the thesis at the end of the year, along with second-year-course students.
Art. 4 – EDUCATIONAL CREDITS
Students, who for various reasons (economical, family, etc.) break the course off, will be recognised and, if required, certified for the work done (individual and group), with an “educational credit”, which students can use later in case they decide to continue and complete their education. The duration of the educational credit is limited to 5 years.
1. There is a list of teachers empowered to carry out the interviews for admission; this list is approved and updated annually by the SIPT Commission of Education.
2. The assessment must follow a specific criteria, on the basis of a report of assessment guidelines from the Directorate of the School, which must be assessed and certified by the instructor.
3. The hours performed by the group tutor are 6 and distributed over the period of two years, and divided in 4 meetings of 1 ½ hours each.
4. This means that any leave of absence greater than 10% and within 20% of the first year will be rescheduled during the second year.
COUNSELLING SCHOOL, PROFESSIONAL COURSE PROGRAMME
Psycho Synthetic Counselling School – PROFESSIONAL PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLOR:
SCHOOL OF COUNSELLING PROGRAMME
Total: 454 hours, plus 20 hours of individual work
Cost: Euro 2.200 (not including individual sessions)1
(The course is held only if the minimum number of 10 attendees is reached)
1.Training and professional practice: 274 hours (of which at least 50 hours of professional practice)
Agreements with the facilities, where students already work, or otherwise available (obtained by the students);
Reference to a “Tutor” (psychotherapist, counsellor, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, professional trainer, business manager, etc.), to whom the Head of the structure gives the position.
1. Training and individual supervision: 20 hours
Individual Psychosynthesis is performed by individual Trainers from the School of Counselling:
SIPT teaching assistants;
SIPT psychotherapists authorised by the Teachers Commission.
The individual supervision is reserved exclusively for:
The distribution of individual education and supervision hours (within the twenty hours) varies according to individual didactic-training situation and is established by the supervising teacher (agreeing with the student and the individual trainer).
3.Group supervision: 48 hours
4 supervision seminars according to psycho synthetic view (12 hours each)
Supervision – 1
Supervision – 2
Supervision – 3
Supervision – 4
Conducting seminars on group supervision is reserved to:
Counselling specialists in the different application fields (socio-medical, socio-educational, social and corporate) with psycho synthetic training
4.Deepening methodological seminars (practice of psycho synthetic counselling): 24 hours
2 workshops of 12 hours each on the practice of psycho synthetic counselling:
Practice of psycho synthetic counselling – 1
Practice of psycho synthetic counselling – 2
5.Thematic seminars on in-depth theory and practice (in the various fields of application)2: 108 hours
9 seminars of 12 hours each in the following areas of application. The student can choose a specific area (compulsory attendance of the 3 seminars of the chosen area and at least one seminar for each of the other areas). The eventual missing hours will be replaced with training activities/professional practice, to be carried out during the course, or with educational credits for cultural activities undertaken in the previous two years, or in the current year, subject to evaluation and approval of the supervising teacher.
SOCIAL AND HEALTH AREA (to protect the weaker section of society): 3 seminars
Counselling and child distress
Counselling in the aid of family members with people with serious illnesses
SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL AREA (school counselling, psycho-pedagogical, re-educational): 3 seminars
Metacognition of early school leaving
Physical and emotional violence. Victimisation and bullying
Psychology of adolescence. Counselling with the adolescent
SOCIAL AND BUSINESS AREA (business counselling): 3 seminars
The inner path of the socio-business psycho synthetic counsellor
Work concepts and models based on Psychosynthesis in the practice of socio-business psycho synthetic counselling
Tools, methods, applications and evaluation in the socio-business psycho synthetic counsellor
TEACHERS LIST OF PSYCHO SYNTHETIC COUNSELLING SCHOOL
Dr. Roberto Tallerini
Dr. Carla Fani
Dr. Virgilio Niccolai
Dr. Daniele De Paolis
Dr. Antonio Tallerini
Dr. Vincenzo Liguori
Dr. Paola Maggiordomo
Dr. Grazia Guastini
Dr. Elena Franzini
Dr. Roberto Sbrana
1 For the individual sessions (personal training and supervision) there is an additional cost to be agreed with the individual trainer and with the supervising teacher.
2 Thematic seminars on in-depth theory and practice (in the various fields of application) are updated annually.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND EVALUATION
PROFESSIONAL COURSE: ADMISSION CRITERIA AND EVALUATION
Of the Psycho Synthetic Counselling School
Accredited by the National Board of Professional Counsellors – Coordinamento Nazionale Counsellors Professionisti – C.N.C.P. Professional Course (3rd year)
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND EVALUATION
The course is aimed at those who are in possession of the Basic Psycho Synthetic Counsellor Diploma.
Admission will be assessed through an oral examination and the presentation of a detailed curriculum vitae and application form on plain paper to the Secretariat.
The assessment consists of:
– An ongoing evaluation (reports written by students on each seminar, evaluation of each teacher in each seminar, evaluation of the supervising teacher/individual tutor);
– A written thesis with end of year discussion.