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  • 12 Points ASCHP/CCSA
  • Manual
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  • 3 days (09:00 – 14:00)
  • R4550

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Anri van den Berg
Anri van den BergSpecialist Wellness Counsellor
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The Vita Nova Journey – Can Counselling Be A Successful and Profitable Business?

Anri was recently invited to speak at the first annual Counsellors In South Africa Conference. She shared the Vita Nova Journey; that started in 2010, and also spoke about the challenges of starting your own counselling practice, along the way. Anri spoke about the Humanitas counselling course and the wonderful successes the students are experiencing throughout their internships and training. The ASCHP was also present at the event and spoke about the wonderful work that they are doing in providing counsellors with a para-statutory governing body that they can register with and in getting Counsellors the recognition they deserve.


There are so many places where you can complete a short course in counselling, but where to from there?

I found myself in a similar position quite a few years ago and had to go through the process of having to establish myself in this new world. Being equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge of offering counselling services to those in need, I thought I was geared and ready; however I had no idea what it entailed to actually run my own practice. Throughout my Vita Nova journey I have made many mistakes, but, through God’s grace, I kept on going! I had to try and explore new things, adjust my thinking and my direction where needed. Changing what wasn’t working while repeating what was working, aided in growing and steering Vita Nova to reach its ultimate goal of being a counselling centre that can affect real change!

Throughout the years, I’ve been blessed with numerous and continuous requests to contribute to public forums and these include; TV appearances, various magazine & newspaper articles, radio interviews and much more.

Join me for the 3 day course where I will openly share my journey with you. I discuss and share the mistakes, as well as the lessons learnt along the way since starting my practice back in 2010.

This course is aimed at equipping qualified practitioners (social workers, psychologists & counsellors) with information and knowledge on how to get their practice going and how to actually run the day to day challenges outside of the consultation room.

Join us for this training course and reduce your teething problems.


Day 1 – Planning Your Counselling Practice

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Starting a practice
  • Your practice – your business
  • Important attitudes in private practice
  • Defining success

Session 2

  • Vision, mission and values
  • Individual assignment
  • SWOT analysis
  • Smart Goals

Day 2 – Getting Started

Session 1

  • Basic Practice Requirements
    • Startup Costs: Capital and Operational
    • Location, Consultation Room and Reception
  • Client Communication
    • Email
    • Telephone skills
    • Case Studies
  • Practice Documents
  • Time management
  • Scope of practice and when to refer

Session 2

  • Marketing and Networking
  • Partnerships and Referrals
  • Selling your services
  • Individual Assignment

Day 3 – Behind The Scenes

Session 1

  • Administrative Tasks and Challenges
  • Finances and Invoicing (Debt collection vs cash only practice)
  • Medical Aid
  • Record Keeping
  • Self Care

Session 2

  • Q&A – session
  • Conclusion
  • Final Assessment