L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 28th February 2018

This week Katherine did her presentation about Art Therapy. I thought it was very interesting and enlightening – while I did have some idea that painting and drawing were involved in Art Therapy, I had never considered that physical expression such as dancing or playing music could be classed as …

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L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 21st February 2018

This week we talked about Transactional Analysis a bit more, and were asked to participate in an exercise our tutor has called Know Thyself. Understanding ego-states is a powerful tool towards self-awareness. In this exercise we are to keep a note of which ego-state we are in at different points …

L2CiCS: Homework – Counselling in the Media – 10th February 2018

This week we were given a series of questions about how counselling is portrayed in the media, in particular magazine and newspaper problem pages and TV shows such as Oprah and Jeremy Kyle. Here are the two problems from “Agony Aunts” I have chosen to look at; One from a …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 24th January 2018

This week we were asked to explore and reflect on a couple of thought exercises relating to our self-awareness. One was to think about a time you were not helped by someone from whom you expected help from. For me, this would be a couple of years ago when I …

L2CiCS: Reflecive Diary – 15th November 2017

This week we were asked to write about an experience we had that was interpreted differently by the other person we were with. My wife, my three year old son and I were at a soft-play centre. After a little while I got bored, so I got my phone out …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 8th November 2017

This week, we were challenged to explore our Moral Values, and to complete the Self Puzzle. My Moral Timeline One community that I have been a part of for all of my life is the rather large community of Great Britain, which is governed by laws. These laws are in …

L2CiCS: Notes on my Self Puzzle – 8th November 2017

Today we were given the task of creating a self puzzle to help develop the accuracy of our self-awareness. I clearly interpreted it as a maze-like puzzle, rather than a jigsaw puzzle. To start with, I took the seven virtues that I thought described me best, added love as the …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 1st November 2017

This week we were given a handout about Exploring Cultural Identity, the aim of which is to help us become aware of our cultural identity. They are in a different order than asked on the sheet to make them fit on the pages better. Who am I? I am Iain, …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 4th October 2017

This week we learned about the following core conditions that reflect the attitude of the counsellor towards the client: Empathy, Congruence and Immediacy, and Unconditional Positive Regard (or UPR). Empathy is the highly evolved capacity of human beings to know what other human beings are feeling, and to feel an …