Astrological counseling as a profession has some unique features. In this course, students will be introduced to considerations involved in astrological counseling as a profession
Primary Instructors: Karen McCauley and Inga Thornell. Guests have included Claudia Dikinis and Robert Glasscock
Throughout this course students will work on communication issues with clients, including organizing a session, delivering content, dealing with ethical issues and developing referral strategies.
Students will develop skills known to contribute to effective counseling. They will learn to differentiate astrological counseling from other healing and helping modalities. By the end, students will also demonstrate an understanding of solutions to ethical dilemmas inherent in counseling, including boundary issues common to astrological sessions.
Required texts can be found under the Astrological Counseling section of https://keplercollege.org/index.php/required-books-for-courses.
Through completing designated readings and assignments, actively participating in discussion forums, internet conferences, and written assignments, the student will be able to:
- Differentiate astrological counseling from other healing and helping modalities.
- Understand the importance of and be able to identify specific listening, focusing and communication skills integral to successful counseling interactions.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop specific parameters for counseling sessions.
- Locate relationship needs and potential in the natal chart.
- Demonstrate understanding of the major ideas and practices which led to the development of modern astrological counseling as a field of practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of approaches to ethical dilemmas inherent in counseling.
Required course for the Diploma in Professional Astrology.
Karen McCauley has an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UCLA and spent four years studying clinical psychology at California Graduate Institute. She was the Editor of ASPECTS Magazine, an astrology journal, from 1987-94. A long-time associate and friend of Joan McEvers and Marion March, she taught for Aquarius Workshops from 1976-1999 and has lectured for AW, OAA, NCGR and UAC. She has served on the AW Board, the AFAN Steering Committee and as Oregon Astrological Association Treasurer and President. Karen currently serves as Kepler’s Director of Student Services and the Director of the Certificate Program.
In addition to her expertise in psychological astrology, Karen McCauley has been active in astro*carto*graphy for many years. Since 1993, she has been the administrator for Continuum (dedicated to educating others about astro*carto*graphy and certifying practitioners), where she designs and administers the international Astro*Carto*Graphy certification exam.. She also maintains the certification test.
Inga Duncan Thornell graduated from Kepler College with a BA in East West Studies and a minor in Mythology. She continued her studies at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program.
She has returned to Kepler College as a Teaching Assistant in the Counseling and Relationships track. She also works with clients in a private coaching practice in Seattle, WA. Her interests include astrology, mythology and ritual.
Inga’s goal is to help her clients to better understand and constructively utilize the planetary energies in their lives by recognizing them within themselves and others and to invoke their powers at will. Please see www.dunthor.com for information.