Practice of counselling skills influence personal development. First of all it develop awareness of our-self and others. In a process of exploring customer thoughts counsellors introspect uncounsily own self. Continus and repeated practice will lead to increase interception and exteroceptions perceptions. Beign open and honest and aknowladge of own weaknesess will increase the level of acceptance. In period of practice, counsellor will experience many diversity and it will lead to become more accepting. Counseling practice expose to new culture and lead to increase knowledge from different cultures religions etc.
20 Explain the importance of continued self-development for those using counselling skills. (AC 1.2)
Self development is important at each stage of therapist career thus it improve work with customers.
Science is not a closed book where all chapters were written down. Rather it is an open book where every single human who has the desire to may change the content. This plastic comparison shows how little knowledge we possess. In every single moment, human knowledge expands exponentially. Continued self-development is necessary to provide an up-to-date approach to our clients. Working on our personal skills and expanding them is dually beneficial. Experience obtained with the process is counsellor currency and it is may be highly rewarding. Continuation of development CBD is a requirement for professional body in counselling.
From the period of November 2021 till January 2022 I gather official qualifications listed below:
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy Diploma – Level 3 > done 10.01.2022
Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Level 4 > done 30.12.2021
120 Hour TESOL Certificate Course – Level 7 > done 28.11.2021
Infection Prevention and Control – Level 2 > done 18.11.2021
There are many scenarioss where counselors work. The most obvious is practice with cooperation with GP. In those kinds of settings, patient is forwarded to a counselor by GP. Scenarios maybe every single time different but in general the majority of issues are associated with anxiety and depression or with mental health in general. In large practices, the counselor may be employed full-time. In a smaller practice, it will be part time.
5b Context 2
Counselors play an important role when they work with children and adolescence. Primary schools and universities employ counselors to help pupils and students to cope with a variety of circumstances. At primary education children may experience bullying, may have traumatic experiences associated with abuse. Adolescence may experience unplanned pregnancy. At the university level, the cases may be much wider. Under those settings, a teacher may refer the student.
5c Context 3
Private companies may employ counselors to maintain the welfare of their staff. Under those settings, counsellor may deal with issues like employee burnout and with issues related to stress and anxiety.
Is process when our customer or tutor provide validation about our skills. Feedback has essential role in learning process and may indicate area should be improve. Therefore, it is a background to further changes. Feedback play role of sinage post and trigger consoler to introduce changes and area to improve. Feedback may reveal gap in counselling skills thus external not biased opinion should be taken into consideration. It is absolutely crucial for counselling students to reflect upon obtained feedback.
Counselling student may be guided in many way. Experienced counsellor may provide professional guidance to student. However self-reflection it may also by used as a guidance constrain.
6 Describe how you have applied strategies for problem solving and decision making in your counselling practice. (AC 4.2)
It must to me mentioned that problem solving and decision making have the same approaches. There are many strategies to tackle the issues. However, all of those have a common denominatorit is a strategy helping to discover the main issue and gradually progress into desirable outcomes. In counselling we adopt the leader where on the bottom we aim to identify all problems or decision. Then we chose the particular case to work out. We should identify a wide range of possible solution. Therfore, we pick the best solution appropriate to the scenario. If we have a solution then we build an manageable action plan. The next step is to proceed action plan. After proceeding action plan we finally may focus on evaluation. If there is one than one main issue. Those steps should be repeated.
There are many strategies I would like to emphasize to technique developed by Tony Buzan called mind mapping. Techniques proposed by Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich for example brainstorming is worth of consideration. On each single stage we should conduct reality testing according to most famous psychologist Sigmund Freud. Some of the business approaches as Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats (SWOT) are relatively easy to proceed. Additional practice is called SMART and it is abbreviation from Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound this metodes may be used to determine the goals. Important and simple tool seems to be a classic cost/benefit analysis.
No metter what metod will be chosen, the role of counsellor is to provide different perspective to individual and equipped them in appropriate tools to reflect on situation rather then act emotionally.
Egan’s Skilled Helper Model is useful to aid and may be used on every single stage of the conversation. There is some leading question however the meritum of conversation is to recognise customer issue and successfully resolve the particular case. Counselling skills are adopted in many ways. The interactive process is the process of collaboration between individuals with coaches. Therefore, it can not be dry rather must be established on the friendly relationship. Under the current pandemic scenario probably we will not have a chance to work with our customers face to face from the first meeting. It seems to be very important to use our voice as attractiveness to customers. The chance that we will counselling the customer by typing text on a keyboard is currently relatively low. Firstly, I will demonstrate friendly approaches to each individual. The first contact on the phone seems to be normal practice.
With each singular case we can work according to Egan’s Skilled Helper Model. Active listening is the most important factor to establish a report.
According to Question 4 the process is divided into three main stages.
In progress of session with customer I will ask paraphrase individual words to convince them that I perfectly understand the sense of their words. I will ask questions about emotion experienced with the event. I will ask about additional details about other people or details of place. I would like to put a patient into a situation and become an active member of past to visualise condition as perfectly as I can with my customer. So I will ask questions like. What was that like? What whether condition was there? I will refer also to time perception of events when it is appropriate. I will ask multi question to clarifying. I will convince a customer to reflect on occurrences with open questions. Finally we will summarising the event to establish perspective and assess the impact of situation. After summarising we will move to challenging the individual. We will try to find different perspective to and examine past occurences from different perspective. For example. The question, How other person think about situation is important. We will try to distance patient from past occurences by asking how other react or think. It will help to separate customer ego from emotional event. Therfore, help to lower emotional reaction to situation. In this stage we should challenge all negative thoughts or belives associated with situation. We also should put prospect attation to indify the ingriedients of situation that influencall role was the strongest. We whould supportivlly explore all patterns and connection and encourage customer with positive regards about his/her strengths. After figure out of main issues. We can focus on those areas and prioritasing it. We may ask a question like. What was the most important for you in all of this? If we know what we dealing with we may move to brainstorm ideas. We should strongly encourage customer to elaborate about possible solutions thus, those are unconsciously the best solutions. On this stage the best question is from category. If you will have a magic wound to change everything what it will be like? If miracle happened what your live will look like? Visualization and exploring positive outcomes on many different instances will provide positive feedback to introduce changes in reality. We moved now to identifying goals to work out. Leading question like; What is your goal? As well as providing realistic feedback to solution will be helpful to build correct ation plan. Goals should be realistic and achievable. What are the benefits of this action?, What are long term lasting effect of this action? Brainstormed ideas may be used as a background to encourage patient to looking additional support. Hormones of oxytocin injected to our system when we collaborate together or aim in the same direction build not just only physical but also chemical incentive. Therefore, twelve steps programs are build on oxytocin future. Action plan should be precise and measurable. We should support customer with selected strategies. The deadlines in action plan may provide necessity of urgency and therefore may be appropriate way for some individuals to set deadline.
8 Describe how you have used counselling skills to manage an appropriate ending to an interaction. (AC 6.1)
Planing in advance:
Counselling skills ay be used to manage to end relationships appropriately. Each counsellor relationship should be planned in advance. The number of sessions clearly communicated to the individual. Will provide the impression of control to the client as well to the counsellor. Those plans introduced at the beginning of the relationship will provide to counsellor clear sentence stating how many sessions are left to end the relationship. Also, our contract with customers should include those kinds of precise information. It is useful to remind the client how many sessions are left. Share that kind of information will convince customers that the relationship must end after the remaining sessions.
Orienting and collaborating:
The relationship between client and counsellor is not competitive is based on collaboration. If the customer required any additional session appropriate adjustment can be done if both sides meet in a middle. The essence of the counsellor job should be to equip individuals with skills help individual to continue their journey without couch presence.
Using verbal and non-verbal cues:
The counsellor may show the client that meeting going to end with verbal and non-verbal cues.
Verbal cues should become routine and present to customers on every single session examples may be like:
Put glasses into the tray.
Starting put tools from the desk in order.
Compleating the patient records.
It may be many other different activities anchored with the ending of the meeting according to Pavlov’s classic conditioning.
Reflecting and summarising:
An obvious indication to end of the meeting is summarising what was done in the period of the session and reflection. We can say for example:
-We are closer to the end of the session. Let’s summarise what we achieved today.
Acknowledge and validate the individual’s feelings.
Validation of the individual feelings may be also an appropriate way to end the meeting.
An example maybe.
-As we go to the end of the session let’s talk about feeling.
-How do you experience today session overall?
23 Evaluate how counselling skills practice has influenced/ influences your own personal development. (AC 2.3)
Counseling skills influence my practice in many ways. First of all counseling skills embodied in me as deeply, become part of my personality. The procedural schema of assessment as well as Gibbs and Kolb’s idea change the way how my perception work. Before I familiarized myself with counseling skills I did not plan in advance. My journey with personal development started about 8 years ago. From that period I started to plan execute and evaluate every single step in my career. Today I can say that I am quite effective with reaching my goals. On the other hand, some of my friends stated that I am machine to reaching targets and my commitment is not natural. I absolutely agree my commitment is not natural is planned and well-executed.