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Ethics for counselling students

Ethics for counselling students are common modules you will find on any counselling course. Over the past 5 years, the expectations of counselling professionals has changed dramatically.As we will see, recent changes brought about by one of the largest organisations –The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Bacp). Has for all intents and purposes brought in its…

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081 – Timelines in Therapy

CT Podcast Ep81 – Not Getting a Place on a Course – Timelines in Therapy – Overcoming Barriers to Learning. A timeline with several icons pointing to specific points in the timeline

081 – Not Getting a Place on a Course – Timelines in Therapy – Overcoming Barriers to Learning In episode 81 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Ken Kelly and Rory Lees-Oakes offer guidance for disappointed students who haven’t got a place on the course they wanted. ‘Practice Matters’ goes on to describe the use of…

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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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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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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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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…

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Phenomenology 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 what he described as The Phenomenal…

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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 thereto…

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Power in the counselling relationship

Well’ I thought to myself, – ‘I did not expect this to happen !’, as I processed the unexpected turn of events, which found me, stood along with the entire school population on an all weather pitch on a cold wet January morning, being ‘accounted for ‘ as part of a fire drill. As I waited for the…

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Stereotypes in counselling

  Associate columnist and 'reporter at large' Barry Heap reminds us that having a unique personal identity is fine , however being catogorised and sterotyped for it is not. Barry writes  a regular 'agony aunt' column for the online magazine thegayuk.com  Stereotypes in counselling  So another festive period has come and passed, presents have been exchanged and…

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BACP Student Membership

In the next few weeks tutors like myself will be handing out BACP student membership packs to learners starting the first year of the level 4 Diploma in Counselling. This is a ritual is performed by most tutors at the start of practice based courses , sending out a clear message that counselling is a…

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Carl Rogers and Gloria

Carl Rogers and Gloria Carl Rogers and Gloria, there cannot be many counsellors or students of counselling that have not watched the film ‘Three approaches to Psychotherapy’ and wondered who Gloria was and what was the story behind the film? ‘Three approaches to psychotherapy’., filmed in 1964 was Everett Shostrom’s second attempt at filming the…

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The 4 Tasks of Grieving

The 4 Tasks of grieving  is based on research undertaken by J. William Worden, Ph.D, currently a professor of Psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University California.  Worden, a prolific author on the subject of how grief is experienced by adults and children, publishised 6 books on the subject, co-authoring many more. His grief model moved away…

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How to Survive Counselling Training (a students guide) Download

How to Survive Counselling Training (a students guide) is my first attempt at ‘writing’ . I offer you this ‘guide’ with the same mixture of trepidation and heady excitement I experienced on my very first day as a Diploma student at Tameside College in 2002. The guide was ‘born’ from a number of conversations through…

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The 8 habits of highly effective counsellors

I have called this blog post ‘The 8 habits of highly effective counsellors’, after reading the blog of Bob Cooke my Colleague and the clinical lead at Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy in Manchester England. Bobs blog entitled ‘Effective habits for effective psychotherapy’ lists essential states of mind or behaviours that lead to good practice and longevity…

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