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: Reflective Diary – 9th May 2018

This week we were looking at Ethics in counselling. Our tutor gave us some “Counsellor’s Ethical Dilemmas” to unpick and suggested we use the BACP’s Ethical framework to aid us. That is what it is there for, after all. The first ethical dilemma was that we had been working with …

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: Reflective Diary – 28th March 2018

This week we went through our folders and I realised I was missing a reflection from unit 6.2. Upon reflecting on whose agenda, the counsellor’s or the client’s, we are focusing on when we ask questions, I reached the conclusion that it depends on what is defined as an “agenda”. …

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: Reflective Diary – 13th December 2017

This week Sally did a presentation on the rising level of anxiety in kids. She explained that although the level still was quite low, it was more widespread and nearly all children she came into contact with displayed anxious traits. Like Gloria’s talk last week, it was very eye-opening with …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 6th December 2017

This week we were learning about the structure of counselling, in particular the Beginning, the Middle and the End, in relation to both single sessions and full courses of therapy. The first session in a therapeutic relationship is usually an initial assessment. If the counsellor works for an agency then …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 27th September 2017

I was late for class this week. I phoned for a taxi at twenty past 5, to come to the colleague entrance at work. I got a text message not long after saying it had arrived, but I could not see it anywhere. I phoned the taxi company but alas, …

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 …