We are delighted that a few very brave Level 4 graduates have decided to take on the new challenge of training to become counselling teachers here at LSC. We asked them to reflect on why they have chosen to move into teaching counselling and their experiences of shadowing LSC teachers so far.
“I had been working as an English tutor for several years and was intrigued by the notion of becoming a counselling tutor after I’d qualify as a counsellor. However, I questioned whether I understood the content well enough to teach it effectively and if I had the transferable skills to work with adult learners.
Shadowing an LSC Level 2 teacher has proven to be an invaluable experience in understanding the mechanics behind the process of teaching counselling skills. Namely creating an environment where learners feel safe and secure, enabling them to explore counselling and self-development.
My inclusion in the class has given me a greater understanding of what the teaching role entails as well as the learners’ requirements. I have been invited to voice my perspective on certain topics during classes which has helped the shadowing feel more organic. I feel part of the class rather than having a static non-speaking role.
After every class I’ve been able to speak to Vic about the content of the class; whether I have questions regarding the criteria and if I’m ready to take on more responsibility. The time taken to gradually ease me towards working as a counselling tutor has fundamentally cemented my decision to work for LSC as I’ve felt supported throughout this process”.
By Sharonjit M.
“Monday 8th January 2024 was the day I found out that I had passed my Level 4 external assessment, with all criteria having been signed off and my 100 placement hours completed. I had finally qualified as a counsellor, a journey that had started late in 2018 on a Level 1 course with Vic. That evening, instead of going out to celebrate, I joined the LSC team to start my journey to become a counselling tutor, shadowing my first online Level 2 session.
Throughout any counselling course, the ability to reflect is key and during the class I found myself teleported back to my own Level 2 course. I recall the mixed feeling of excitement and “what have you signed up for?” I have been blessed with the ability to actively listen and it was a privilege to hear why a group of individuals had chosen to undertake this adventure. I sensed there were many mixed emotions amongst the learners with my own arch nemesis apparent in some of them; the irrational fear that the others were far more knowledgeable, well-read and feeling out of their depth. In my reflection I could finally acknowledge when the imposter syndrome started. It would accompany my journey into counselling, but it became just another hurdle to overcome. I had chosen to face my fear and avoidance was no longer an option.
Monday had been a long day. The previous night the ability to sleep had been kidnapped by the thoughts of the external assessment results the next day and I questioned if my energy levels would last during the class. However, 9:30pm that evening I could have run a marathon! I knew I was on the right path! I wanted to learn how to inspire and energise learners and to reignite the spark of learning.
Despite having to cover the more tedious aspects of the course, the housekeeping and the inevitable “can you see/hear me?” tech troubles on teams, Vic had ensured that he had lit the fire in all, the hunger to know more about the course and more importantly about themselves as individuals. Having only observed three lessons to date, I feel fortunate to be learning from the best and feel grateful for the opportunity to watch the learners on their own journey of self-discovery”.
By Joanne Brown.