Femininity

Like last weeks word, I have to admit that I have had thoughts about this keyword. I couldn’t really not think about it, with femininity being the polar opposite of masculinity. There are elements to this piece that have been going around in my head for a while, but this …

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L2CiCS: Learning Log – 23rd May 2018

This week we looked at enabling the client to identify and focus on their needs and concerns. They might not know where to start, what they want to talk about or even have the capacity to put those thoughts into words. Counsellors identify any difficulties clients have, and use the …

L2CiCS: Workshop Reflective Diary – 10th February 2018

Today our group had a Personal Development weekend. Our first task once we had arrived and settled in was to learn about the Johari Window, and then to create a mask based on our Open Self. There were tables full of decorating materials for us to use. When I first …

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 – 31st January 2018

This week’s Reflective Diary includes my thoughts on Sue’s presentation, as well as my reflections on our roleplays. To monitor our personal development, we were tasked with identifying responses in ourselves that occur during a helping interaction. We did this with several rounds of roleplay. The first roleplay of the …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 13th December 2017

This week we discussed the use of silence in counselling, how it can be used and what it could represent. Silence is defined as the complete absence of sound. Silence in counselling is harder to specifically pin down in a concise and succinct sentence. Silence can be used by a …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 22nd November 2017

This week we watched some roleplays from YouTube. I found them to be quite wooden and badly acted, especially given that they were reading from scripts. We also did some roleplay of our own this week, focusing around using the formula for primary empathy. The formula is: Listening to what …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 15th November 2017

This week we were asked to describe the meaning of empathy in our own words. Here are my words: Empathy is being aware of other people’s emotional responses and seeing things from their point of view, understanding how they react to problems or how they have reacted to problems. It …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 1st November 2017

This week we explored prejudices further with two questions. The first is: Why do we judge? Judging can be seen, at its most basic level, as a survival mechanism. It allows people to quickly gain a working understanding of new situations and new people. It highlights any physical or abstract …

L2CiCS: Homework – October 11th 2017

We were given homework this week, which was to imagine our own ideal counselling room. Here is what I came up with. The building itself is old, with period features and a lot of character. It is in a centralised location, somewhere near Portsmouth and Southsea train station, maybe five …