The center's counselling and therapy service offers individual psychological counseling and therapy for people of all ages. Typical concerns are loss of a loved one, separation / divorce, depression, and addiction / dependence. Play therapy is often used for children from 3 years of age.
The facility has a Christian-religious background, but relies on a psychological-scientific approach in the counseling and therapy offers and is also open as a contact point for people of other religions. The consultation is free of charge, but those receiving support can make an anonymous donation.
In addition to the one-to-one support at the centers, the organisation also runs programs in schools, providing counseling to students who are victims of abuse, who have addiction problems or who have difficulties with their parents. There are also group programs at schools on topics such as personal development and drugs and alcohol.
There are currently 70 voluntary local counsellors working for the organisation, all of whom have at least a Counseling Diploma, which requires a two-year training course. They are regularly trained in courses that you can also join as an intern.
After a short training period, as an intern or volunteer you will independently counsel / treat a client in a one-on-one session once a week for one hour and then discuss your findings / challenges with the psychologist. If you feel prepared for it, you can also counsel / treat several clients independently on a weekly basis. It is not possible to be just observing / assisting in the counseling / therapies that the local volunteers carry out.
In addition, you will help out with the groups that work in the schools and with other tasks that arise in the center.
The facility has also been offering online psychological support since March 2020. Since then, it has also been possible to do this internship as a remote/online internship. The rate for an online internship is 450 EUR for the first month and an additional 100 EUR for each additional month.
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