Four Quarters Institute is an educational institution that serves to empower the growth and development of its students, faculty and staff. Respect, honour, dignity and integrity are the guiding principles to instill a harmonious outlook on life. Four Quarters Institute will help students discover their fullest potentials of spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual levels based on indigenous principles. The foundation of all teachings are based on the Medicine Wheel. This does not mean, however, that you have to be of First Nations ancestry in order to benefit from the teachings.
The programs at Four Quarters Institute are taught experientially, in a circle, that alternate from an educational to process group on a continuous basis. Thus, allowing the student to learn from the process through the 'heart'. Students are encouraged to take a critical self-examination, challenge beliefs and values to remain objective and demonstrate a willingness to admit both strengths and weaknesses. Personal and professional development are essential components to becoming an effective counsellor.
Each morning, sessions begin with a 'cleansing' ceremony. This ceremony is where students pay homage and respect to their higher power. Students are encouraged to participate, as this is seen a way to help the students to become well-grounded before the talking circle begins. A "talking circle" then takes place after the cleansing. Each student is given the opportunity to share their personal insights, with respect to their learning and its affect on their lives.
The topics of our courses are of a very sensitive nature. It is not uncommon for student catharsis to take place. If a student becomes 'stuck' in a personal issue, a Student Services Counsellor is on staff to assist the student. A 'closing circle' may be held at the end of the day, to ensure student safety, if the need arises.
Four Quarters Institute is committed to the uniqueness of each individual and is not discriminatory against age, race, religion, gender, colour, creed or sexual orientation. We believe that everyone has something to offer with respect to their life experiences and can create a distinct learning environment.
A staff and faculty of Four Quarters Institute are trained in Chemical Dependency and sensitive to First Nations issues. We hope that this brief introduction to Four Quarters Institute has increased your curiosity about us. We look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Four Quarters Institute is a Registered Private Post Secondary Institution and a Member of the British Columbia Career Colleges Association
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