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 – 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 – 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: 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 …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 13th December 2017

This week we discussed the use of silence in counselling, how it can be used and what it could represent. Silence is defined as the complete absence of sound. Silence in counselling is harder to specifically pin down in a concise and succinct sentence. Silence can be used by a …

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 …

L2CiCS: Reflecive Diary – 15th November 2017

This week we were asked to write about an experience we had that was interpreted differently by the other person we were with. My wife, my three year old son and I were at a soft-play centre. After a little while I got bored, so I got my phone out …

L2CiCS: Learning Log – 15th November 2017

This week we were asked to describe the meaning of empathy in our own words. Here are my words: Empathy is being aware of other people’s emotional responses and seeing things from their point of view, understanding how they react to problems or how they have reacted to problems. It …

L2CiCS: Reflective Diary – 18th October 2017

This week we were considering fundamental differences in people and how they would affect a client/counsellor relationship. In the lesson, we were asked to complete the following statements then reflect on our completed statements (emphasis on my answers): All Welsh people are friendly. All Americans are obnoxious. All Italians are …