Counselling students from Riverside College have enjoyed a busy week of guest talks and trips, all designed to develop career opportunities and provide insight into their chosen pathways within the counselling sector.
The week began with counselling degree students being visited by Stephen Boylan, a former student at the college. Stephen is now an expert in online marketing strategies and delivered bespoke training which focused on furthering the students’ knowledge in setting up their own private counselling practice.
Stephen qualified as a counsellor at Riverside College in 2010. He then went on to set up his own successful counselling practice – Clear Minds Ltd in St Helens. Clear Minds Ltd specialises in couple counselling and Continuing Professional Development training.
One of the students commented “I gained a good knowledge about what is needed to succeed in the business of counselling.”
Following this, first year counselling students at Riverside College had the incredible opportunity to visit the ‘Yoga Bank’ in Widnes. All the students enjoyed participating in relaxation and mindfulness activities; which included therapeutic mandala colouring.
One student commented: “I enjoyed learning about how stress can affect the mind and body, it was really helpful to learn soothing breathing techniques. I felt calm and relaxed after the session.”
Rosie Byrom, Counselling Degree Award Leader, added: “Our counselling degree students have really enjoyed the intellectually stimulating and varied learning activities this term. We appreciate the support and expertise that members of the local community have provided for our students and we hope to continue the excellent relationship we have with them.“