Biography and Social Development Trust | Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling | UK based – Sussex

“Doing the Biographical Counselling training changed my life. It was an extraordinary experience of being facilitated and trained to speak and share at such a level of depth and love. It opened my heart to the mystery of relating/healing/development, which has since become my path of enquiry.

“The imaginative ways that the course has been introduced and presented filled me with an enthusiasm for life.”

“For me it was a fantastic course, worth every minute. It has turned around my understanding of life and myself and my relationships with others. I am most grateful of the opportunity.”

“There was for me an extremely well thought out balance between the inner and the outer, or the head and the heart in the content of each weekend. Creativity went hand in hand with the intellectual studies and was encouraged as a necessary and powerfully active tool to develop within ones own particular way of working with clients.”





“Human beings are thus born out of the universe, and not only out of the past, for their whole development also has a prophetic note, something that points to the future. And what is to happen one day in the cosmos is already happening today in human life. “  

R. Steiner

The Diploma Course in Biographical Counselling, has been developed in response to the ever increasing need in our time to find new ways of responding to the existential questions that many people face today. Moral and ethical dilemmas, uncertainties and the falling away of outer supports and securities call for the awakening of a new consciousness – for an understanding of life that acknowledges and encompasses our bodily, soul and spiritual existence.

Biographical Counselling aims to help people in life crisis enter into dialogue with their own life story. Through exploring the interweaving of past, present and future, people begin to read the language of their own biography, discover their essential life themes and tasks, and thereby find new strength and meaning for the future.

Anthroposophy, a science of the spirit, was founded by the Austrian philosopher, scientist and spiritual researcher Rudolf Steiner. It offers a path of inner activity that leads to self-knowledge and the development of faculties of perception needed to serve others in their development. It awakens an understanding of the human being and the nature of the human encounter, the laws of biography and the challenges in individual development today. This informs and inspires the training in Biographical Counselling.

Elements of the training

– Lectures and seminars

– Facilitated and supervised work with one’s own biography and counselling skills practice in small groups

– Artistic activities

– Schooling of consciousness

– Ethical and professional questions of counselling

– Written assignments

– Assessment and tutorials

– Personal development groups

– Case discussion groups

– Supervision and research

– Presentations of practice experiences, research and case studies

“The Biographical approach with its emphasis on individual meaning and development is taught and modeled consistently throughout the course. The staff team is obviously committed to the development of each student, offering feedback which is both challenging and affirming.

The course provides a veritable learning experience for each student, assimilating and integrating the approach in a personal way that goes much deeper than a merely theoretical training.

The students exuded an eagerness to learn and develop, and their feedback was extremely positive. They greatly appreciate the professionalism and the personal care shown by the staff team, who were described as ‘inspirational.”