266 – Anti-Oppressive Practice in Counselling

266 – Anti-Oppressive Practice in Counselling

Moving to the Next Level in Your Counselling Journey – Can You Be Too Congruent?

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In Episode 266 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, your hosts Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly are back with this week’s three topics:

  • Up first in ‘Theory in Practice’, we look at moving to the next level in your counselling journey.
  • Then in ‘Practice Today’, Rory and Ken have an interesting discussion about whether you can be too congruent
  • And lastly in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Mamood Ahmad about anti-oppressive practice in counselling.

Moving to the Next Level in Your Counselling Journey [starts at 02:25 mins]

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Taking the next step in your counselling journey can be a scary thing, but in this section Rory and Ken break down some of the realities of this journey, and offer things for you to think about:

  • As you move up in your training, the difficulty will increase.
  • Think about what started you on this journey, did you want to make a difference?
  • If the why is strong, the how becomes easier.
  • When you feel yourself getting stressed or panicked – go back to your why.
  • Training will take up a lot of your time.
  • Your personal development might impact on your personal relationships.
  • There will be the academic side and the practice side – there will be a lot going on.
  • It can be done – many have done it before you.
  • Hold on to your why – it needs to be strong enough to not need feedback and thanks.
  • What is the route you want to take?
  • The skills you learn are transferable – you can put them to good use in other occupations and just life in general.
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Can You Be Too Congruent? [starts at 18:57 mins]

In this section, Rory and Ken discuss the difficulty of knowing how far you can go with your congruence.

The main points include:

  • There is a fine line between congruence and being rude.
  • Everything you do should always be in service of the client.
  • What ‘volume’ is your congruence at – it’s about knowing when you can turn it up.
  • It’s about timing and knowing your client.
  • Being congruent in an empathic way – intertwining it with the core conditions.
  • Ask yourself who is this client? What is your relationship with them and where is the boundary of that relationship?
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Anti-Oppressive Practice in Counselling [starts at 31:55 mins]

In this week’s ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Mamood Ahmad on introducing difference, diversity, and inclusion using anti-oppressive practice foundations.

The key points of this discussion on anti-oppressive practice in counselling include:

  • Thinking about the wider social context of your client and how this affects them.
  • Allowing, and providing a safe space for people to talk about social problems and what they feel about that.
  • Part of working towards an anti-oppressive practice in counselling is being conscious of the power dynamic in your relationship with the client.
  • Can you talk about these things comfortably? Do you experience any anxiety or discomfort?
  • Thinking about and being aware of lived experience.
  • Realising that your world view isn’t the only one.
  • Being open, willing to fix things, willing to learn.
  • Have heart and humility.
  • Consider internalised oppression/discrimination – feelings of inferiority.
  • Systemic thinking - being aware of bias and where it comes from.

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