Insurance for Counsellors • [Podcast for Student Counsellors]

216 - Insurance for Counsellors

The Skill of Challenge – When Friends Ask for Counselling

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In Episode 216 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly discuss this week’s three topics:

  • In ‘Counselling Foundations’ we’ll look at the skill of challenging.
  • Then in ‘Focus on Self’, we move on to how to deal with friends and acquaintances once they discover your career.
  • And finally in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Jo Mountain about insurance for counsellors and psychotherapists.

The Skill of Challenge [starts at 1:25 mins]

Sometimes challenging the client during your practice becomes necessary and in this section, Rory and Ken discuss the situations this may come into play:

  • If a client is clearly under the influence and not in a suitable state to undergo the session or late to a session without notice, it may be necessary to challenge them on this.
  • Not doing things that would benefit them such as homework you’ve set will hamper progress and open the opportunity for challenge.
  • When it comes to person-centred therapy, you could challenge incongruence within the client.
  • In recovery counselling, there can be a high level of challenge necessary as a part of the process.
  • Challenging is something that needs to be practised.

When Friends Ask for Counselling [starts at 19:37 mins]

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Dealing with those closest to you can sometimes become difficult when they are made aware of your career as a counsellor. It’s important that you know how to deal with this when faced with it.

The key points of this discussion include:

  • Start as you mean to go on within the relationship.
  • Explain why you are unable to be a counsellor for your friends and that counselling is a managed activity.
  • Be careful that you don’t unconsciously slip into the process.
  • Ethically you can’t counsel a friend or family member.
  • Practice with peers, not at home.
  • Be aware that when speaking with friends you naturally have an unavoidable bias.

Importance of Insurance for Counsellors [starts at 30:51 mins]

This week, Rory speaks with Jo Mountain from Howden Insurance on the importance of having insurance as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

  • Having insurance is primarily optional.
  • There are two essentials when it comes to insurance within your counselling practice:
    • Complaints defense – if you receive a complaint that results in a poor outcome, it could seriously effect and reduce your career.
    • Civil action – puts your personal wealth at risk.
  • Insurance provides support – helping to respond to complaints and attend hearings if a complaint manages to get that far.
  • Can cover working from home.
  • Reduced rates for students and premiums for members of ethical bodies, (specific to Howden).
  • Helpful third-party partners.
  • Howden won’t insure deliberate actions, or if there was prior knowledge of a situation e.g. complaint.

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