All Cura counsellors have completed training in crisis pregnancy counselling and also are required to complete a six month practice period working alongside experienced cousnellors in their local centre. Post abortion counsellors have completed additional training in relation to this area of work. All counsellors in Cura are required to participate in regular supervision and ongoing training relating to their work. Schools Awareness Programme facilitators all work as counsellors also and complete training specifically relating to delivery of the schools programme.
Here are the profiles of some of our counsellors.
I applied to join Cura in 2001, and was fully trained as a Cura counsellor by the summer of 2002. I was always interested in counselling and wanted to give something back to the local community. Since beginning my work with Cura I have seen many different types of clients throughout the last 12 years. I enjoy meeting people and I hope I am able to help them during what is a difficult time. In 2011 I trained to work as a post-abortion counsellor and I have found this work both challenging and rewarding.
My name is Anne and I have been working with Cura for the past 8 years. I was already working as a counsellor and psychotherapist when a friend of mine told me about Cura. Having had an experience of unplanned pregnancy in my family, it was something close to my heart, and I felt I understood what a Cura client might be going through. I wanted to use my skills to help someone in that situation. After completing the specialised training with Cura I began seeing clients. The most challenging part of my work with Cura is when you don't know what has happened to a client, for example if you speak to them on the Helpline. You may never hear from that client again and you do hope that they are doing well. The most rewarding thing about my work is seeing the tension lift from a client - sometimes it happens in the first session, sometimes it can take a few weeks or even months, but it's great knowing you have made a difference.