About This Course
This program explores the required therapeutic insight and counseling skills for an astrologer of any technical persuasion to become more effective in communicating with clients. Includes 12 lessons. Each lesson includes one audio download and one pdf. Required textbook: The Soul Speaks.
Praise for the Counseling Skills Course
“The Counseling Skills for Astrologers Course is a profound gift to the astrological community, for students and professionals alike. However, it has much broader implications. These are meditations on Life itself. Jones speaks of ‘the radical mystery of the human encounter, the Presence within the present moment, the primacy of Being…of Soul.’ Here I find transformative grace for such things as giving a piano lesson, lunch with a friend, speaking or playing before an audience, daily life with my spouse. Oh yes, I must make special mention of the audio segments…spontaneous, unscripted, intimate. No one should miss Jones’ personal story of the little girl on the plane…simply listening to him unfold this amazing story is a transformative experience in itself.” -Sam V.
Details and Ordering
Lesson 1: The Presenting Issue
Explores a client-centered approach to astrology based on how to best serve the needs of the client who has come for a reading.
Lesson 2: Dispelling Astrological Myths
Seeing through the many myths that can distort an understanding of astrology in order to communicate effectively a clear vision of what astrology can offer.
Lesson 3: Self-development and the Maturational Process
Analysis of the development of the personality including the problems that can beset the maturational process and cause arrested development.
Lesson 4: Preparation: the Inner and Outer Work of the Astrologer
The series of steps required to create the necessary internal and external space for the reading. Includes a guided visualization: Universal Healing Energy.
Lesson 5: Nature of the Therapeutic Relationship
The quality of the relationship between astrologer and client is fundamental to the transformational impact of the reading.
Lesson 6 – The Nature of the Therapeutic Relationship Part 2 – What to do When Things Appear to Go Wrong
A perspective on the challenging aspects of the therapeutic alliance: including when things do not work, as well as the reparative potential of re-experiencing past conflict in a new way.
Lesson 7 – The Basic Fault
The challenge of depth work: identifying and working with primal wounds to the core of the identity.
Lesson 8 – The Knowing Field
Introduction to the transpersonal dimension: how awareness of the infinite field of reality provides the ultimate context for the healing relationship.
Lesson 9 – Perspectives on Trauma
A study of the clinical perspective on trauma: exploring the impact of trauma on self-development including personality disorders.
Lesson 10 – Individuation and the True Self
The relevance of a vision of meaning to the work: including the parameters of Individuation and the goal of self-actualization.
Lesson 11 – An Ethical Basis for the Counseling Astrologer
An exploration of the history of the therapeutic mission leads to the development of an outline of ethical parameters for the counselling astrologer.
Lesson 12 – Continuing Professional Development
The understanding that the work of being a counselling astrologer is an ongoing project leads to practical considerations of how best to support ongoing professional practice.
This course may be pursued at your own pace. You may purchase each individual lesson for $35. Or get all 12 for $385.
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More Praise for This Course
“I have been deeply humbled by the softness and eloquence of your counselling course. In the past, I’ve been led to technique, with the constant feeling that my astrological practice has not yet been defined. It has been inspiring to follow your course.” – Edward V.
“I have to say that I find Counselling Skills is exactly what’s missing in the astrological world. I think it should be an essential course for any astrologer that wants to work with clients. This course also answers some of the questions that I had for years and addresses issues that I’ve struggled with myself. I think it’s incredibly dense and I’ve already re-listened to some of the audio. I’m going to take some of the exercises from the course and I’m going to spend my autumn months working through them. I think it is an exceptional course and amazing tool to help reflect on your own practice.”