L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 23rd May 2018

This week we were asked to find a newspaper article and describe our various reactions to it. This is the article I have chosen: Link to article here. R-bombing: The new dating trend you may have already experienced Today’s dating trends are as whimsical as they are ephemeral. When once …

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L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 2nd May 2018

This week we were exploring the features of safe practise. My own personal definitions of the four terms we were asked to define are as follows: Ethical – Ethics are personal values that define how a person lives and behaves. In relation to counselling, I see ethics as a matrix …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 25th April 2018

This week we took a mock version of the external assessment. In this assessment, we are to watch a DVD in which two actors play out a short scene involving counselling skills. We were each given a series of questions asking us about the scene. We read through the questions …

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 – 14th March 2018

This week we did some roleplays concerning endings in counselling. I was counsellor first, and Phillip played the client. Charles and Emily were observers. Phillip’s problem was that he was worried that once he stopped coming to therapy, that there would be nothing stopping him reverting to old patterns of …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 28th February 2018

This week Katherine did her presentation about Art Therapy. I thought it was very interesting and enlightening – while I did have some idea that painting and drawing were involved in Art Therapy, I had never considered that physical expression such as dancing or playing music could be classed as …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 7th February 2018

This week we talked about Stephen Karpman’s Drama Triangle, and the roles we often take on without realising. It started as a roleplay between Sue, Gloria and I, but turned into a more informal chat towards the end. I purposefully played the Victim at the start by saying how I …

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 – 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 – 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 …