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074 – Self-Concept in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 74 Self-Concept in Counselling. A woman's eye reflected in a mirror.

074 – Self-Concept – Attending – Unconditional Positive Regard In episode 74 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about self-concept, as written about by Carl Rogers. ‘Practice Matters’ examines attending. Last, the presenters discuss unconditional positive regard (UPR). Free Download: The Skill of Attending ExplainedClick here to download your Skill…

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First Counselling Session

Counselling Students First Counselling session

First Counselling Session – Overview for Student Counsellors The first counselling session is different from any subsequent sessions. In the first session, you will put a counselling contract in place, discuss boundaries and the limitations of confidentiality. It also gives you as the counsellor an opportunity to assess the client’s needs as they explain their…

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073 – Metaphor in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 073 – Metaphor in Counselling. A double exposure image of a woman in profile layered with a background image of a street with houses, birds, and trees

073 – Active Listening – The Caldicott Principles – Working with Simile and Metaphor in Counselling In episode 73 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss the skill of active listening. ‘Practice Matters’ follows, in which Rory explains the Caldicott principles and how these can support ethical multidisciplinary working. Finally, the…

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072 – Empathy in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 072 – Empathy in Counselling – Stages of Counselling – Immediacy

072 – Empathy in Counselling – Stages of Counselling – Immediacy In episode 72 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss empathy in counselling. Continuing to ‘Practice Matters’, Rory explains the main stages of counselling. Last, the presenters discuss immediacy. Free Download: Stages in the Counselling RelationshipClick here to download your…

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071 – Working with Grief and Loss

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep71 – Dual-Process Model of Bereavement – Hard-to-Help Clients – Dementia and Validation Therapy

071 – Dual-Process Model of Bereavement – Hard-to-Help Clients – Dementia and Validation Therapy In episode 71 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about the dual-process model of bereavement. ‘Practice Matters’ focuses on hard-to-help clients. Finally, the presenters discuss working with clients with dementia, including using validation therapy. Free Download:…

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070 – Contracting in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 070 – Recording and Transcribing Sessions – Contracting in Counselling – Philosophy of the Cognitive-Behavioural Approach

070 – Transcribing Sessions – Contracting in Counselling – Cognitive-Behavioural Approach In episode 70 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer tips on recording and transcribing counselling sessions. ‘Practice Matters’ discusses the important contents of a counselling contract. Last, the presenters discuss the philosophy that underlies cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). Free Download: Contracting…

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069 – Getting-a-Counselling-Placement

Counselling Tutor Podcast 069 – Informing Clients of Your Student Status – Getting the Most from Your Placement – When Counsellors Have Clinical Depression

069 – Informing Clients of Your Student Status – Getting the Most from Your Placement – When Counsellors Have Clinical Depression In episode 69 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about whether you should tell clients that you are a student counsellor. ‘Practice Matters’ then looks at how to make…

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068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals

Counselling Tutor Podcast 068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals

068 – Expressive Therapies – Reviews in Counselling – Working with Goals In episode 68 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about the strengths and hazards of expressive therapy, before ‘Practice Matters’ examines reviews in counselling. Then, the presenters discuss goal-setting with clients.

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067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling – Recognising Own Transference – Writing a Reflective Journal for Submission

067 – Difference and Diversity in Counselling – Recognising Own Transference – Writing a Reflective Journal for Submission In episode 67 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes talk about difference and diversity in counselling. ‘Practice Matters’ focuses on how you, as counsellor, can recognise when you are experiencing transference relating to…

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066 – Is All Counselling Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic

Counselling Tutor Podcast 066 – Is All Counselling Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic

066 – Is All Counselling, Person-Centred? – Boundaries in Counselling – When Clients Change the Topic In episode 66 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes ask whether all counselling modalities are based on the person-centred approach. ‘Practice Matters’ then looks at boundaries in counselling. Last, the presenters discuss possible reasons for…

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065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling

Counselling Tutor Podcast 065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling

065 – Decoding Criteria – Making Referrals – Using Timelines in Counselling In episode 65 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes explain how to decode the academic language of criteria. Following on – in ‘Practice Matters’ – Rory advises on making referrals. Finally, the presenters discuss how to use timelines in…

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063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep 063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts

063 – Patterns of Relating – Cyber Trauma – When Your Moral Compass Shifts In episode 63 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer guidance on the meaning of the term ‘patterns of relating’. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the new area of cyber trauma. Finally, the presenters discuss the life-changing…

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061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego

Counselling Tutor Podcast 061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego

061 – Ethical Dilemmas versus Ethical Conflicts – Rackets and Stamps in Transactional Analysis – Id, Ego and Superego In episode 61 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes explain the difference between ethical dilemmas and ethical conflicts, and how you can deal with these. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at rackets and…

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060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

Counselling Tutor Podcast 060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models

060 – Self-Care for Counsellors – Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development – Comparing and Contrasting Humanistic Models   In episode 60 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss how to look after yourself as a counsellor, especially when you are experiencing difficult events in your own life. ‘Theory with Rory’ presents…

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059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria

Counselling Tutor Podcast 059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria

059 – When Your Personal Beliefs Differ from the Client’s – Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing – Hitting Awarding-Body Criteria In episode 59 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory discuss how to offer unconditional positive regard (UPR) when your client has very different personal beliefs from your own. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the work…

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056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy

Counselling Tutor Podcast 056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy

056 – Spotting Subtle Themes in Counselling – Experiments in Gestalt Therapy – Skills in Existential Therapy In episode 56 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory talk about how to spot subtle themes in counselling. ‘Theory with Rory’ discusses experiments in gestalt therapy. Finally, the presenters talk about useful skills in existential therapy.

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054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

Counselling Tutor Podcast 054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly

054 – Mobile Phones in the Therapy Room – Separation Individuation Theory – When Clients Come to Therapy Reluctantly In episode 54 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory discuss how to deal with clients who check their mobile phones during therapy sessions. ‘Theory with Rory’ explains Margaret Mahler’s separation individuation theory. Finally, the…

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053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

Counselling Tutor Podcast 053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief

053 – Writing a Journal – Self-Object Transference – Collective Grief In episode 53 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken and Rory provide tips on journal-writing. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at self-object and self-object transference (from the self-psychology movement). Finally, the presenters discuss the phenomenon of collective grief.

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050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict

050 – Vocabulary in Counselling – Redecision Therapy – Dealing with Conflict In episode 50 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly describes the benefits of expanding your vocabulary. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at redecision therapy, a school of transactional analysis. Last but not least, the presenters discuss the role and experience of conflict in…

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Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Counselling Tutor: Three-Step Blueprint to Passing Your Skills Evaluation First Time

Introduction In counselling training courses, you will have to record your skills in order for these to be evaluated. While this might sound a really daunting prospect, getting into good habits on recording skills can really help your development as a counsellor. Carl Rogers himself was strongly in favour of recording sessions, and was one…

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Special Edition: Progression Routes

Counselling Tutor Podcast Special Edition: Progression Routes

Special Edition: Progression Routes   In this special edition of the Counselling Tutor Podcast – broadcast outside the usual UK academic term-time, and covering one topic in greater depth – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss progression routes for those finishing counselling training courses. At this time of year – when UK colleges and universities…

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047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

Counselling Tutor Podcast 047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor

047 – Rise of Person-Centred Counselling in Europe – Endings in Counselling – Achievements of Counselling Tutor   In episode 47 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast—the finale of Season 2—Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how person-centred counselling first came to Europe. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at endings in counselling. Finally, the presenters review the…

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039 – First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress

Counselling Tutor Podcast Episode 39: First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress

039 – First Sessions with Clients – Integrative versus Eclectic Therapy – Measuring Client Progress In episode 39 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about meeting new clients for the first time. ‘Theory with Rory’ examines the difference between integrative and eclectic therapy. To conclude, the presenters talk about ways…

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036 – Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep36: Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training

036 – Using Counselling Qualifications Overseas and in Other Roles – Congruence – Funding for Counselling Training In episode 36 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss the viability of using counselling qualifications in other countries and in other areas of work. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at congruence, and then the…

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035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries

CT Podcast Ep_035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries

035 – When a Client Judges You – Psychological Contact – When a Client Cries In episode 35 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to deal with clients who show prejudice towards you. ‘Theory with Rory’ explains the ‘hidden condition’ of psychological contact. Last, the presenters talk about what…

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Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy

Recent Developments in Person-Centred Therapy: Carl Rogers and Beyond  Recent developments in person-centred therapy have been cited in a number of books, in particular The Tribes of the Person-Centred Nation. Written by well-known voices in the world of humanistic therapy such as Nick Baker and Mick Cooper, it explores how the work and thinking of Carl Rogers developed since…

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034 – Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling

CT Podcast Ep34_Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling

034 – Safeguarding Computer Data – Margaret Warner and Fragile Process – Confidentiality in Counselling In episode 34 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about how to store digital backups of notes and documents securely. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks into Margaret Warner’s work on fragile process. Finally, the presenters discuss…

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033 – Counsellors in Schools – Postmodernism in Therapy – Insurance for Counsellors

CT Podcast Ep33: Counsellors in Schools – Postmodernism in Therapy – Insurance for Counsellors

033 – Counsellors in Schools – Postmodernism in Therapy – Insurance for Counsellors In episode 33 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about the growth of counselling in schools. ‘Theory with Rory’ decodes ‘postmodernism’ and discusses how this affects the world of counselling and psychotherapy. Finally, the presenters discuss the…

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Phenomenology Person Centred Counselling

Phenomenology in Person-Centred Counselling The philosophy of individual experience   Carl Rogers, the ‘founding father’ of humanistic counselling embraced Phenomenology person centred counselling when moving away from the pessimistic views of human nature put forward by Sigmund Freud. Who believed that the human condition was involved in a constant battle between the Id Ego and Super-ego. Rogers’ Person-Centred theory is based on…

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030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency

CT Podcast Ep30

030 – Levels of Qualification – Tuckman’s Team Development Model – Self-Actualisation versus the Actualising Tendency In episode 30 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly explain the levels of counselling qualification in the UK. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at Dr Bruce Tuckman’s team development model. Last, the presenters examine…

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Counselling-Frame of Reference

How to develop empathic understanding Counselling-frame of reference   Counselling-frame of reference was first used by Carl Rogers, the founder of person-centred therapy, in 1959. He believed:- “The state of empathy, or being empathic, is to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain…

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029 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm

Counselling Tutor Podcast Ep 29: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm

029 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross –Student Overwhelm In episode 29 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at the life and work of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. Finally, the presenters discuss the feelings of overwhelm often faced by students of…

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Review – To Lead An Honorable Life

To Lead An Honorable Life An invitation to Person Centred Counselling   John M Shlien, a contemporary and former student of Carl Rogers. A former lecturer at Harvard University,he remained one of the most influential voices in the world of person-centered counselling until his death in 2002 . Students who read this book will discover some of Shlien’s radical thinking . For…

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024 – Choosing Your Modality – Irrational Thoughts – Building a Website 1 – Dealing with Personal Triggers

CT Ep 24

024 – Choosing Your Modality – Irrational Thoughts – Building a Website 1 – Dealing with Personal Triggers In episode 24 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to choose the modality you will practise. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at irrational thoughts, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to build a…

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023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing

CT Podcast Ep 23

023 – Lone Working – Stereotypes – Creating a Brochure – Referencing In episode 23 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss lone working. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at stereotyping, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to create a brochure about your services. Finally, the presenters describe how to get the referencing right…

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Review – Counselling Adolescents

Counselling Adolescents An essential book for counselling students Counselling young people  has become more of a priority in recent years, as a result of a growing number of children and adolescents  struggling with emotional and mental health issues. As a consequence of this, schools, colleges and universities are offering counselling students placement opportunities. One of the…

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Review – TA Today – Counselling

TA Today by Ian Stewart & Vann Joines A Definitive Guide for Students of Transactional Analysis Counselling students love TA Today because it’s accessible, while still retaining an in-depth examination of Eric Berne’s work. Each chapter of the book covers a different piece of theory,at the end of each chapter, there is a practical task which reinforces learning.  TA…

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022 – Client Notes and Confidentiality – Actualising Tendency – Offering a Free First Meeting – Research in Practice

CSR Client Notes & Confidentiality_Actualising Tendency

022 – Client Notes and Confidentiality – Actualising Tendency – Offering a Free First Meeting – Research in Practice In episode 22 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about client confidentiality and its many grey areas. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the actualising tendency, and ‘Person-Centred Business’ considers offering a…

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021 Questions from Clients – Erotic or Eroticised Transference

Questions from Clients – Erotic/Eroticised Transference – Writing Your Elevator Pitch – Self-Care in Practice In episode 21 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about what to do when a client asks us a question. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at erotic and eroticised transference, while ‘Person-Centred Business’ explains how to…

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Review – Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action

Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action ‘An essential text for students of counselling and psychotherapy’ Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action, is essential reading for students studying CBT or related approaches. By reading this book you will discover the theories of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. Two pioneering therapists who believed that by changing the way we think about…

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019 – Counselling Academic Books – Theory of Empathy

In episode 19 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly talk about the Saturday Book Club, and how to read academic books. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at empathy, while ‘Person-Centred Business’ covers how to request and take payment from clients in private practice. Finally, the presenters discuss the importance of insurance. Reading…

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018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research

018 – Theory and Practice – Five-Relationship Model – Business Planning – Qualitative and Quantitative Research In episode 18 – as the Counselling Tutor Podcast comes of age! – Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss how to deal with a mismatch between theory and practice. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at Petruska Clarkson’s five-relationship model, while…

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Person centred counselling training – A students view

Person centred counselling training changed me! Person centred counselling training has changed my life , It’s all about me ! I realise that if  I  live my life about me, then there is more harmony inside and out ! I realise that if I live my life about me, then there is more harmony inside and…

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Level 2 counselling course student guide

My level 2 counselling course experience I would never have believed, looking back now , that I would have found myself enrolling on a level 2 counselling course. One day, three years ago this month, I found a counsellor online and emailed her. Aware that my head was so full of chaos that it was…

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015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression

015 – Counselling Young People – Scripts, Injunctions and Drivers – Appropriate Referrals – Progression In episode 15 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly cover the topic of counselling children and adolescents. ‘Theory with Rory’ takes a look at the transactional-analysis (TA) theory of scripts, injunctions and drivers, and Ken speaks…

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014 – Assignment Referrals – 19 Propositions 2 – Rapport-Building – Eclectic versus Integrative Counselling

014 – Assignment Referrals – 19 Propositions 2 – Rapport-Building – Eclectic versus Integrative Counselling In episode 14 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at assignment referrals, and what learning we can take from these. Rory then continues his decoding of Carl Rogers’ 19 propositions, and ‘Skills with Ken’ discusses…

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012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy

012 – Self-Actualisation – Solving Ethical Problems – Seven Stages Of Process in Practice 2 – Difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy In episode 12 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Rory presents an approach to solving ethical problems, while Ken continues his application of Carl…

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011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision

011 – Note-Taking – Transactional Analysis – Seven Stages of Process in Practice 1 – Supervision In episode 11 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly look at note-taking for counsellors. ‘Theory with Rory’ explores the ego states of transactional analysis (TA), while ‘Skills with Ken’ relates the seven stages of process to practice. Our presenters…

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010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture

010 – REBT – Endings in Counselling – Ethics versus Culture In the tenth episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes take a close look at Albert Ellis’s rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT), while Ken Kelly explores endings in counselling. In ‘Ask Ken and Rory’, our presenters debate ethics versus culture in counselling.

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007 – Therapeutic Pace – Phenomenology – Skill of Questioning – BACP-Accredited Courses

007 – Therapeutic Pace – Phenomenology – Skill of Questioning – BACP-Accredited Courses In this seventh episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes discuss how to manage client expectations about therapeutic pace, and your reaction to these. Rory looks at the theory of phenomenology, while ‘Skills with Ken’ examines questioning. Finally, the…

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004 – Equality & Diversity – Configurations of Self – Opening a Session – CPD

In the fourth episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes take a look at equality and diversity. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at configurations of self, and ‘Skills with Ken’ at opening a counselling session. Finally, in ‘Ask Ken and Rory’, the presenters discuss the importance of continuing professional development (CPD).

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002 – Parallel Process – Seven Stages of Process – Skill of Reflection

002 – Parallel Process – Seven Stages of Process – Skill of Reflection In this second episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes speak about the idea of the ‘wounded healer’. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the seven stages of process; and in the skills section, Ken introduces the skill of reflection in…

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001 – Contracting – Core Conditions – Silence

Counselling Tutor Podcast 1 - Contracting

001 – Contracting – Core Conditions – Silence In this first episode of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes speak about contracting as a counsellor. ‘Theory with Rory’ looks at the core conditions of Carl Rogers; and in the skills section, Ken introduces the power and benefits of silence.

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Natalie Rogers – An Appreciation

The news of Natalie Rogers death, shocked and saddened the world of counselling and psychotherapy in equal measure. Natalie Rogers was born in 1928 to Carl Rogers and Helen Elliot, and went on to become, like her father an influential voice in the world of counselling and psychotherapy. In 1960 she enrolled Brandeis University’s graduate…

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Counselling Class and Politics

Undeclared influences in the therapy room. During my training years, part of my studies included a module on equality and diversity , I was asked to think about how my own experience of being ‘me’ may impact on working with clients from different cultural backgrounds. I remember the opening of my equality and diversity assignment…

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Counsellors in Jobcentres or Agents of Social Control ?

It’s time to make a stand, I am not the only therapist who is concerned that individuals who are claiming benefits may be forced to undergo therapy or be sanctioned. The government announced in March’s budget an, “Integrated employment and mental health support to claimants with common mental health conditions”. This “initiative” will see therapists…

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Taking the BACP- ( CoP) Certificate of proficiency test.

Today . I received confirmation that I had passed the BACP proficiency test. I took it along with a colleague on the 20th of June 2015 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester (where you can get a nice pot of tea and a biscuit for £3.50 , lovely staff and enjoy – in luxurious surroundings…

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The Myth of Rogers ‘Core Conditions ‘

Ask anyone who has studied counselling, what psychologist Carl Rogers is best known for, 9 times out of 10 the reply will be “ The Core Conditions”, which is interesting if we consider that Rogers never used the term. What Rogers did promote was the ‘ Six Necessary and Sufficient Conditions’ of which three are,…

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Goodbye to 2014 – A year in counselling

Goodbye to 2014 – A year in counselling In this last post of 2014 ,I want to look back at an eventful year and one that has seen a step change in the counselling and psychotherapy profession. I am of course referring to the proposed updating of the BACP ethical framework. and the move from having…

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A portrait of avoidant attachment .

A portrait of avoidant attachment . As a tutor I am always looking innovative ways to teach classical theories of applied psychology, one of the most interesting areas that I teach is that of attachment theory, developed by in the 1950’s by John Bowlby and further expanded in the 1970’s by fellow (sic) researcher Mary…

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Warrington Collegiate Higher Education Awards – A Tutors View

  Yesterday ,I had the great honour of attending the Higher Education Awards at Warrington Collegiate, the college where I have my teaching practice. What a wonderful event, seeing those colleagues who graduated their courses, collect certificates and celebrate with those close to them the culmination of hard work and personal commitment. While all those students who attend…

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Draft Ethical Framework for Consultation BACP 2014 – First Look

Recently I received from my Colleague Ken Kelly the new BACP draft ethical framework for consultation. As many of you will be aware the BACP ethical framework was revised in 2012 with some of the changes being implemented in 2013. Recently the BACP announced on their website that the framework was being reviewed by amongst…

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The counsellor of the future ?

Technology has impacted on every area of our lives, and I wonder how the profession of counselling and psychotherapy will adapt in the age of the internet? I can remember a time when apple was something you eat, not made a phone call, on, browsing was something you did in a shop and the web…

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Warrington Pride , What made me proud !

Associate columnist and ‘reporter at large’ Barry Heap celebrates the positive contribution an LGBT affirming practitioner makes in the world of counselling and psychotherapy Barry writes a regular ‘agony aunt’ column for the online magazine thegayuk.com As part of the promotion for Warrington pride recently I was asked to tweet, what made me proud? My…

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Bacp ethical framework update 2014

  The Bacp are in the process of re writing the code of ethics for counsellors and psychotherapist, Professor Tim Bond is one of the academics who is helping shape the ethical views of the counselling and psychotherapy profession, in what is almost certainly going to become a regulated environment. A consultation exercise has taken…

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Life beyond the books (getting paid work as a counsellor)

  Associate columnist and ‘reporter at large’ Barry Heap returns this week , to share his insights into developing a private counselling practice.  Barry writes  a regular ‘agony aunt’ column for the online magazine thegayuk.com  Life beyond the books…. With jobs so competitive and hard to come by within this field, many counsellors will choose to work…

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