Institute of Commercial Management | Qualification Subject

Dynamics of Gender, Culture and Group Counselling

ICM Professional Diploma Unit

This qualification is a new Single Subject and will be awarded as a Single Subject Certificate from June 2023.

Main Topics of Study:

Dynamics of Group Counselling

  • What is meant by group counselling
  • Group counselling process:
      - Initial stage
      - Introduction, purpose and objectives
      - Transition stage
      - Working stage
      - Termination stage
  • Types of groups
      - Open
      - Closed
      - Voluntary
      - Involuntary
      - Homogenous
      - Heterogeneous
  • Functions of the group leader
  • Goals of group counselling
  • Roles of group members
  • Ethical issues in group counselling
      - Informed consent
      - Credentials of a supervisor
      - Group processes
      - Group responsibilities
      - Privacy of information
      - Right to equitable treatment
      - Supervisor preparation and qualifications
      - Respect for supervisees
  • Group counselling evaluation

Gender in Counselling

  • The role of gender within counselling
  • Rape and sexual abuse counselling
  • Domestic violence counselling

Culture in Counselling

  • Cross cultural counselling
      - Definition and meaning of culture
  • Multi-cultural counselling

Sources of Culture

  • Environment
  • Self identification
  • Language
  • Family values and systems
  • Religion
  • Media and literature
  • Perception
  • Categorisation
  • Associations
  • Beliefs
  • Norms and roles
  • Values and ideals

Providing effective counselling within and between different cultures

  • Self-understanding
  • Client perception
  • Respect for client
  • Professional competency

Challenges of effective counselling within and between different cultures

  • Language barriers
  • Social economic factors
  • Cultural differences
  • Challenges specific to the type of counselling

Example Candidate Response Booklet

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