L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 25th October 2019

This week we learned about diversity through exploring the membership of the course group: the different beliefs and behaviours. This enabled us all to become aware of the demographics of our group, for example our culture, family, nationality, race, age, gender, disability or sexuality. We went round the group and …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 18th October 2019

This week we did roleplays to model the three stages of the counselling relationship. I was counsellor with Angela as my client. Firstly, I established that while this was our first proper session, it was the second time I had seen Angela – the first time was a week beforehand …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 18th October 2019

This week we looked at the three stages of the counselling relationship. There are three stages in the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client, and they apply to individual sessions as well as the counselling process as a whole. The start of a session is known as The Beginning and …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 11th October 2019

This week we looked at what we feel and think are necessary to developing an effective working relationship with clients. I think the most important one, one that Carl Rogers outlined many years ago, is a core condition of the therapeutic counselling relationship – Unconditional Positive Regard. UPR is a …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 4th October 2019

This week we talked about the different helping roles in agencies, and we explored the limitations of counselling in relation to a client’s expectations. I wasn’t initially going to write anything in my reflective diary this week as I don’t feel we covered anything I had any deep or significant …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 4th October 2019

This week we looked at the role of counsellor in an agency in relation to key-workers and support workers for clients that work within the same organisation. Before I go any further, I think it’s important to highlight exactly who these organisations are supporting. Here are some examples of vulnerable …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 27th September 2019

We talked a little about our own personal boundaries in this lesson, and at first I was a little blank about what my own personal boundaries as a counsellor would be. I am pretty easy going and I like to think I would be able to handle most subject matter …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 27th September 2019

This week we spoke briefly about ways in which clients could consciously or unconsciously break boundaries. Examples of ways in which a client could consciously cross a boundary could include: • Turning up late because of nerves or uncomfortable feelings • Asking to leave early because they may have been …

L3CiCS Reflective Diary – 20th September 2019

Firstly, I feel I need to address this last academic year. I was upset that I didn’t start the Level 3 last year, but that shouldn’t have stopped me from doing anything productive. I just didn’t feel like I was able to be productive. When the Level 2 course finished …

L3CiCS Learning Log – 20th September 2019

In this first week, our tutor gave us an overview of what the course would entail, and the subjects we would be covering. She also illustrated some differences between this course, the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, and the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills that I …