Learning about counselling is a healing experience in itself. Since 1985 the College of Mental Health Counselling has provided practical skills training worldwide for helping professionals, for people who want to become counsellors, and for people who just want to improve themselves.
The College training manual How To Do Professional Mental Health Counseling provides the basic content for 'Intern Counselors' and is the primary resource for 'Supervizing Counselors.'
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. What is the College and Registry of Mental Health Counselling? First established in 1985 as the Counselor Training Institute, the College has the purpose of raising public awareness of experiences that contribute to mental well-being and healthy relationships with self and others. The Registry is an international listing of diverse individuals committed to standards of professional counseling and to personal and professional development in counseling.
2. How is the College different from other counseling associations and professional bodies? The inclusive universal scope of the College invites the general public to participate in the profession of counselling, as a means of achieving our shared vision.
3. What is the vision of the College? The vision of the College is the realization of a society of optimal mental wellness by making counselling knowledge and skills available to members of the public.
4. What is the philosophy and mission of the College? Rather than the sole property of certain professional groups, the special skills and knowledge of counselling are the right of every human being to acquire. Everyone does counselling by listening, helping, and offering guidance to friends, acquaintances, and family members. Counselling is a natural human activity, and therefore the primary mission of the College is to make this activity both intentional and effective in the life of every participant.
5. How does the College accomplish the mission? The mission is achieved by engaging students and members in the community using group sessions, distance learning, and internet consultation, in the training and practice of counseling and by providing a structure for increasing proficiency in three levels of membership in the College: Intern Counsellor, Full Counsellor, and Supervizing Counsellor.
6. When can I begin seeing clients? In keeping with our vision, counsellor training is accessible to the general public. The Mental Health Counsellor Training Course and Qualifying Examination allow the student to apply for "Intern" membership in the College. During the first year of supervision as an "Intern Counsellor" you will learn counselling by experiencing counselling as a client and by doing counselling with clients seeking help individually or in groups.By experiencing counselling as a client of your supervizing counsellor, you will be able to observe skills and statements used by your supervisor that can be applied to your sessions with your own clients. The sessions with your own clients will be recorded using your webcam or by writing down the dialogue and sending this to your supervisor who then returns feedback and suggestions on skills and approaches to use with your clients.
7. Is the course offered in a physical location? The College program is offered entirely online which allows students to work from home and at their own pace. Skill and knowledge development is continued through the optional year of supervision through local organizations or directly through the College with the submission of counselling session transcripts (10-minute segments) emailed to the College supervisor who provides feedback on style, skills, and approaches to use with individual clients.
8. What are the levels of participation in the College? Upon completion of a Qualifying Examination, the applicant can become an "Intern Counsellor" actively participating as both a counsellor and client in the context of supervision. Following course completion, the student may elect to begin a one-year period of supervision. Following the year of supervision, the Intern Counsellor is awarded the Mental Health Counsellor Diploma.
After two years in good standing, the "Intern Counsellor" can become a "Full Counsellor." A second year of supervision is optional unless recommended by the supervizing counsellor or director of supervision of the College. To review areas of counselling proficiency you will be evaluated on during supervision. Review the evaluation form here.
A “Full Counsellor” has demonstrated proficiency in counselling based on completion of the Qualifying Examination and recommendation of the "Supervizing Counsellor," or in the case of applicants with prior experience: submission of a resume reflecting a minimum of 3 years of counselling experience, and two professional letters of reference from counsellors who have met equivalent qualifications recognized by the College.
A “Supervizing Counsellor” has a minimum of 8 years of counselling experience or demonstrated expertise in selected subject areas, a resume reflecting supervizing or similar experience in a counselling or mental health capacity, and two relevant professional letters of reference from others in the mental health field.
9. What is the professional title or designation members may use beside their name? All members of the College use the designation "Registered Mental Health Counsellor (RMHC)". Intern Counsellors use the abbreviation "RMHC-I" while Full Counsellors use "RMHC-F" and Supervizing Counsellors use "RMHC-S".
10. What is the Qualifying Examination?
This is an in-depth review of knowledge and skills based on the training and examination manual entitled, "How To Do Professional Mental Health Counseling" included in course tuition and available separately from Amazon.com. The open-book examination is a learning experience with full instructor support and consists of approximately 265 questions completed over an estimated two-week period. The applicant may contact the College for assistance and may request a time extension if needed. Applicants for “Intern Counsellor” and “Full Counsellor” are required to complete the examination. The exam fee is included in the tuition for the Mental Health Counsellor Training Course. The College examination is also available on Amazon, and the exam description can be seen there.