When social worker Babur Mawladin moved to Toronto in 2002, he wasn’t sure how he could put his skills to use. He wanted to update his training to Canadian standards, but wasn’t keen on investing significant time and money in a university education.
Friends referred him to Continuing Education at George Brown, where he discovered the Advanced Counselling Skills (Post-diploma) Certificate. Then a three-course program, it currently features five courses that help students with basic counselling skills learn more advanced counselling interventions.
“We looked at a lot of case studies and acted out scenarios to understand the lessons,” he says.
In addition to learning new counselling techniques, Mawladin, originally from Afghanistan, also discovered a new way of learning than what he had experienced back home.
“The class environment was very relaxed,” he says. “People were able to express their opinions and views and there was much more opportunity to discuss and challenge ideas.”
After completing the program in 2004, Mawladin landed a job as a settlement worker for the non-profit North York Community House, where he assists newly immigrated elementary and high school students and their parents with a variety of needs, including housing, education and employment.
“(I’ve learned) a lot in terms of listening skills, communication skills and working with a diversity of cultural groups,” he says.
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