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 – 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 …

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 – 29th November 2017

This week we were went over the work we had done so far to identify if we had any gaps, but we spent most of our time doing roleplays. We did three roleplays in our group, and I had one as a counsellor, one as a client and one as …

Learning Log – 8th November 2017

This week, we worked on a variety of different topics. One of those was defining the difference between prejudice and stereotypes. A prejudice is a decision that a person makes about something or someone without any evidence, based on a preconceived notion of some kind. A stereotype is an oversimplified …

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, …