Masithethe course for lay counsellors

MASITHETHE Counselling Services are offering to train voluntary lay counsellors in their personal growth and counselling skills course from February 12 to 24 at their premises in Southernwood.

The course is geared to developing and enhancing these qualities in its participants. To develop the qualities and skills of a counsellor requires a degree of self-awareness and self-acceptance and an ability to relate freely and warmly to others.

Masithethe director Jackie Orsmond said Sipiwe Sangqu from the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy (Aresta) will be a guest speaker and there will also be a presenter and other facilitators.

“The course is designed to enable us to discover, understand and accept ourselves and others. Since the best learning and growth takes place through experiencing and doing, rather than through passive listening and observing, our training courses are based primarily on trainee participation, group discussion and experiential learning.

“Each session will be conducted by a presenter, who is an experienced Masithethe counsellor who will structure your learning experience and not just lecture. People will also be assigned to small groups with Masithethe counsellors who act as facilitators,” Orsmond said.

The course is sponsored by the Gladys Jacobson Memorial Trust, Rotary Club of Beacon Bay and Rotary Club of Gonubie.

“The course will be invaluable to teachers, social workers, psychology students, people in the caring professions, as well as anyone who wishes to be more confident, communicate better and to gain life skills,”Orsmond said.

The course is open to persons over the age of 20. For more information, contact Orsmond  on (043)743-7266 or e-mail


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