L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 13th June 2018

This is the last piece of work I’m going to be writing for this course, and I just wanted to record my thoughts and feelings as it all comes to an end – a conclusion of sorts. If I look back on my initial expectations of the course, they were …

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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: Reflective Diary – 18th April 2018

This week we looked at more aspects of personal development, such as personal growth and how we feel about our developing counselling skills, as well as how we feel about giving feedback. Personal Growth Looking back on at my own journey on the course since September I have definitely learned …

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: Reflective Diary – 17th January 2018

This week was a bit more abstract and self-exploratory than usual, in that we carried on exploring our understanding of the relationship between our personalities and our helping work by asking ourselves various introspective questions (Unit 5.1), and we also considered the ways in which our life history has impacted …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 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. One internal block to listening that I feel could be pertinent to me, especially at this early stage of my counselling …

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: Reflective Diary – 4th October 2017

I was not late this week, in fact I was the third or fourth person to arrive, and I was happy about that. Although for reasons I cannot fathom, I had a feeling of being out of my depth at the very start of the session. I am not sure …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 27th September 2017

This week we learned about some skills we use when counselling: Paraphrasing, Reflecting, Open Questions and Summarising. We learned that Paraphrasing is a tool used in counselling. It is when the counsellor repeats back key points that the client has mentioned so far, condensing them into the essence of the …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 20th September 2017

Today was my first class, and to say I was nervous beforehand was an understatement. I arrived first to the classroom, and as usual I had negative thoughts. I thought that things had fallen through and the course was cancelled because no-one else was there, then I thought that I …