Lesson 1 - Introduction

This course has been throughout tested in the 8 successful years where it has been running as class-teaching.

The course focuses and in an easy readable style on important aspects of the main areas that any counsellor, regardless of way of working, needs to know, in order to deal with the vast and intriguing complexity that is the human being.

We hope you can appreciate the depth and width of the teaching, and we ask, that you are alert to the many feelings these topics is bound to evoke, because it is by the process of acknowledging these feelings and their connections in your past present and future, that the real assimilation of the course will happen..

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Thank you for Studying at Starbridge Centre e-learning

We look forward to hearing from you,

Ulla and Erik Sandersen


No-one can be counsellors from theoretical knowledge alone.

Obviously these topics are close to home, they are meant to describe why we are how we are, so in order to study such a material, you need a honest attitude to yourself, and a readiness to seek help when needed.

We ask of you that you consciously take responsibility for your own health and well-being, and we understand your signing up for this course as a acknowledgement of that.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to use our email.

We offer face to face training and supervision both in individual sessions, and in groups at Starbridge (groups are offered according to need and time available).

We continue to also offer the face to face certificate workshops where both teaching and training is integrated. The link to these courses can be found on the main menu.

About this course
The course is build up as a series of related quotes from many different sources, bound together by our own understanding of the topic at hand.

You can either read this material as a online book, and leave it there, or, if you would like a formal recognition for your study, we give a certificate acknowledging your theoretical knowledge if you have written and we have assessed all four essays.

It is our experience that a proper assimilation of this material will take at least 1/2 year.

A good way of studying is first to read a chapter through in its entirety. Then
go back to the beginning and read each quote, one at a time, stay with it until it makes sense, think about it in its own right, and then move to the next quote, and think about the related quotes as a whole.

In short, do not just read, study.

The theoretical part of the course consist of 47 topics. To help you check how much you have assimilated, each chapter conclude with a multiple choice test.

The exam consists of two aspects:

  • That you have passed the individual multiple choice tests at the end of each chapter.

  • Four essays, Three on 2-pages and one on 4-pages. Essays must be based on material covered in the course, cross referenced with relevant quotes from the teaching and with additional sources from the literature

Please note that since this is an exam in our teaching, the topics for your assignment, and the techniques and exercises described, must be anchored in our teaching.
The essays needs to be written with cross references to the material and your personal comments to this. You are most welcome to a to agree or disagree with us, as long as we can follow your reasoning.

Passing these two tests ensure a good theoretical understanding of the field. Only after both theoretical and practical training can one be fit is a practising counsellor.


How the essays can be written
not how you must do it:

1: Choose a subject related to the curriculum that you want to write about
2: Search the teaching material for clues on the topic
3: Search the literature-list.
4: Read the material
5: Brain-storm - write down in arbitrary order your ideas
6: Choose the good bits from the brain-storm, and put them into order
7: Write a draft
8: Read it
9: Leave it a day or two
10: Read it, add comments, new ideas etc.
11: Leave it a day or two
12: Read it
13: Make a new draft
14: Repeat steps 8 - 14 until you are satisfied.
15: Remember cross-referencing between course notes and your comments!
16: Don’t be too critical - don’t be too laid back
17: Good luck!

Please write your essay in your email format, or as word, open office or pdf format file attachments, and submit it to us on our email: exam@starbridge.com.au

You will be emailed feedback etc.