Month: September 2015 (page 2 of 3)

Upcoming Open Days For Chrysalis Courses

Chrysalis Not For Profit has decided to hold two open days in October 2015. These events will provide you with the information you need to enrol on Chrysalis Courses.

Career in counselling

Figures supplied by the Mental Health Foundation, a UK mental health charity, indicate that nearly a quarter of the UK’s population will experience some kind of mental health condition this year. These people can benefit from talking therapies such as counselling, which give them the support they need to tackle the underlying issues which cause mental health conditions.

With mental health conditions so commonplace, the UK can never have enough counsellors. You can support people living with mental health conditions across the country by enrolling on a range of Chrysalis courses. Our training schemes, which you can find out more about by applying for a Chrysalis brochure, will give you the skills, knowledge and experience you need to start a career in counselling.

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Forgiveness Can Reduce the Risk of Depression

A new study has shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that the act of forgiveness can reduce the risk of depression in older women, but not in older men.

Metal health in later life

As people age and retire, they face a change in lifestyle that can lead to the development of mental health conditions such as depression. Figures supplied by Mind, a UK mental health charity, indicate that one in five older people living in the community are affected by depression, whilst the same can be said about two in five older people living in homes.

Forgiveness and depression

Experts at the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences recently decided to look at how the different elements of forgiveness influenced feelings of depression in older adults. Counsel Heal reported that the act of forgiving someone else made it significantly less likely for older women to report feelings of depression.


A study has shown Chrysalis Not For Profit that the act of forgiveness can reduce the risk of depression in older women.

Older men experienced high levels of depression when they felt unforgiven or were forgiven by others, whilst self-forgiveness didn’t prove to be a safeguard against depression. Christine Proulx, a co-author of the study, explained its findings. She said: “When we think about forgiveness and characteristics of people who are forgiving — altruistic, compassionate, empathetic — these people forgive others and seem to compensate for the fact that others aren’t forgiving them.

“It sounds like moral superiority, but it’s not about being a better person. It’s ‘I know that this hurts because it’s hurting me,’ and those people are more likely to forgive others, which appears to help decrease levels of depression, particularly for women.” Proulx added, “self-forgiveness didn’t act as the protector against depression,” because “it’s really about whether individuals can forgive other people and their willingness to forgive others.”

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The challenges of every stage of life can lead to mental health conditions such as depression. Talking therapies like counselling can help people deal with these underlying issues to overcome mental health conditions. By signing up to a range of Chrysalis courses offered by Chrysalis Not For Profit, you can learn how to become a professional counsellor and help people living with mental health conditions.

Established in 1998, Chrysalis Not For Profit is now the UK’s market-leading trainer in talking therapies. We offer creative, enjoyable and relaxed courses, fully accredited by the relevant professional bodies on a part-time basis to fit around your commitments.

Employment Routes for Chrysalis Courses Graduates


Employment Routes for Chrysalis Courses Graduates

As a training school member of the National Counselling Society we receive their monthly newsletter. Septembers issue was particularly pleasing as we were so happy to read about a document from the Department of Education.

In the document it described what criteria you need to work in schools : –

6.5 Commissioning an appropriately qualified and experienced external provider should give assurance to schools that the counsellor is properly trained, supported, professionally supervised, insured and working within agreed policy frameworks and standards, and accountable to a professional body with a clearly articulated complaints procedure. The external provider is likely to have good links with specialist mental health services and, from the point of view of pupils, they may more clearly be seen as independent from school staff. If employing counsellors directly it is strongly advised that schools employ staff with a minimum of a diploma in counselling (typically two years part time study), on an Accredited Voluntary Register, ideally holding accreditation with a professional body11, and ideally with relevant experience and demonstrable competence in working with children and young people.

11 Currently approved schemes are British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), National Counselling Society and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.


Taken from Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future Page 20, 6.5 (please insert this hyperlink )


As you can see all students who study with Chrysalis have a route to an Accredited Register with the National Counselling Society, coupled with the fact that Chrysalis are an approved centre for Aim Awards and all of Chrysalis courses are on the QCF framework ranging from level 3 to level 6.


We still have some spaces to start this Autumn, change your life with a Chrysalis course and let yourself grow.


The Impact of Starting University on Mental Health

With a new university year just around the corner, Chrysalis Not For Profit wants to call attention to a piece recently featured on the Huffington Post. The article explained the impact of starting university on a young person’s mental health.

Starting university

A young person’s life can change drastically when they start university. They live away from home, often for the first time, and find themselves confronted with a number of new challenges. They have to learn how to handle an increased work load, navigate a new city, control their finances etc. and these challenges can cause or exacerbate mental health conditions such as stress.

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Mental Health Charity Urges People to “Leave Work at Home”

Chrysalis Not For Profit has discovered that mental health charity Mind has recently urged UK employees to “leave work at home” to safeguard their mental health.

Work/life balance

Employees need to maintain a decent work/life balance if they wish to protect their mental health. However, statistics quoted by the BBC indicate that workers across the UK are increasingly forsaking a healthy work/life balance. These numbers suggest that 80% of employers believe it’s perfectly acceptable to contact staff outside business hours, and that the average British worker spends 36 hours per year answering work emails.

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