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 …

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L2CiCS: Learning Log – 9th May 2018

This week we talked about Confidentiality. Confidentiality is a fundamental aspect of counselling. It helps build a trusting relationship between client and counsellor, and this trusting relationship underpins the whole therapeutic process. The fact that everything said in that room stays between the counsellor and the client really allows the …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 2nd May 2018

This week we were exploring the features of safe practise, using the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The BACP’s Ethical framework is necessary to maintain the integrity of the counselling and psychotherapy professions. Everything in the framework protects the entirety of both the client and practitioner, and allows …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 28th March 2018

This week we talked more about referrals in counselling. A referral is when a client exhibits problems or presents issues that are beyond the scope of a counsellor, and the counsellor informs them of another counsellor or service that would be more appropriate for their needs. Sometimes referrals are necessary. …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 7th March 2018

This week we looked at endings in counselling. It is quite a broad term and has a lot of meanings. It could concern the end of a single session or the end of a series of sessions. It could refer to endings in good ways or bad ways. It also …

L2CiCS: Workshop Learning Log – 10th February 2018

Today our group had a Personal Development weekend and we learned about the Johari Window. The Johari’s Window model is a psychological tool for people to better understand themselves, their relationships and other people. It was developed in 1955 by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham and has been proven to …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 7th February 2018

This week we looked at some aspects of Transactional Analysis, in particular Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle, as well as Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The Drama Triangle was conceived as a social model of human interaction by Stephen Karpman in 1968. In life, people play games. In difficult or tumultuous …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 31st January 2018

This week, Sue did a presentation on Transactional Analysis; in particular Sue talked about the ego-states, what they are and how they represent us. Transactional Analysis was founded in the late 1950’s by Eric Berne, and is a therapy based on the theory that each person has three ego-states: Parent, …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 24th January 2018

This week we reflected on our own patterns of relating, and how that increases our self-awareness. In particular, we looked at Relationships and what they are. Taking into consideration the connotation which is relevant to our studies, relationships are, essentially, descriptors of the connection between two or more people. There …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 10th January 2018

Today we explored personal blocks to listening, which are external or internal factors that interfere with a counsellor’s ability to be present in the room and utilise active listening. Pat introduced us to six broad categories. The first is Mind Reading. Psychic abilities are not real, and a counsellor supposing …