4. Counseling and Relationships

4.1. WR201 Counseling Issues in Astrology

Instructor: Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell
Required for the Professional Diploma

Throughout this course students will work on communication issues with clients, including organizing a session, delivering content, dealing with ethical issues, and developing referral strategies. They will also develop skills known to contribute to effective counseling.

Topics covered include:

  • Starting and maintaining a counseling practice
  • Communication skills promoting success in client contacts
  • Awareness of body language, personal values, and needs
  • Psychological disorders and counseling issues
  • Boundary issues
  • Issues of Vocation and Role Play Exercise
  • Limits of prediction

By the end of this class students will be able to:

  • Differentiate astrological counseling from other healing and helping modalities.
  • Understand the importance of and be able to identify specific listening, focusing, and communication skills integral to successful counseling interactions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop specific parameters for counseling sessions.
  • Locate basic relationship needs and potential in the natal chart.
  • Demonstrate the ability to focus on specific areas of inquiry posited by the client and to deliver information to the client using effective non-astrological language.
  • Demonstrate understanding of solutions to ethical dilemmas inherent in counseling.