What is a Companion?
Companions are the people who lead Seasons for Growth groups. The role is not that of a teacher or therapist, but as a guide who leads and accompanies participants through the Seasons for Growth programme.
An effective Companion is someone who:
- Can listen effectively
- Can relate well to the age group s/he is companioning
- Is able to deal with their own feelings around loss
- Is able to facilitate discussion
- Has a sense of humour
- Can communicate well
- Has knowledge of child protection procedures and has been police checked
Who can be a Companion?
A Companion can be a teacher, psychologist, nurse, counsellor, chaplain, social worker, or someone who feels they would like to offer the programme to their community. To become a Companion, for either the Young People or Adult programme you will need a background check.
Companions must be endorsed by their employer or an approved agency (school, hospice, voluntary organisation, parish etc); you cannot run the programme if you are not endorsed.
Do Companions Need Training?
Yes! Companions must undertake a 2 day Training course in order to run a programme. They learn the theory and principles behind the programme, the skills and techniques necessary to implement it, and become fully aware of the possibilities and limitations of their role.
Please note: Only trained companions can order and use Seasons for Growth Materials.