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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Underpinning Theory The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the USA look at patterns of illness. In 1985, medical doctor Vincent Felitte was running an obesity clinic in Santiago, California; he was perplexed that almost 50% of his patients dropped out each year. In seeking to understand why this…

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Counselling Difficult Clients

counselling difficult clients

How to Engage Difficult Clients as a Counsellor Every counsellor is likely to find themselves counselling difficult clients at sometime or other. Engaging a resistant client means understanding what the barriers are for the client before looking for a solution. Counselling difficult clients effectively takes a carful balance of theory, self care and understanding the…

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Brain Plasticity and Trauma

Brain Plasticity and Trauma Fourth Force in Psychology The first force in psychology was psychoanalysis, brought to us by Sigmund Freud. Then, in the 1940s and 1950s, came the second force, behaviourism (courtesy of people like Skinner and Watson). Later, in the 1960s, Rogers and Maslow introduced humanism, the third force in psychology. The fourth…

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Working with Children and Young People

Child and Adolescent Counselling Training – CPD Importance of Personal Therapy Working with young people is very different from working with adults. While having your own therapy is important regardless of client group, it’s even more so if you’re thinking of working with children. Think about why you are drawn to work with children –…

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Transference, Countertransference and Projection

Transference, Countertransference and Projection Origin of the Concept of Transference Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud first identified the phenomenon of transference in 1901, when he worked with a client called Dora. In hindsight, he realised that the reason she had not completed treatment with him was that he had failed to recognise that she saw him…

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Stockholm Syndrome

An image of hands held together by a rope used to illustrate Stockholm Syndrome or trauma bonding. Though they may disclose abuse, victims who have Stockholm Syndrome may also want to receive comfort from the very person who abused them.

Stockholm Syndrome A counsellor will at some point engage a client who is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. Abusive relationships and domestic violence situations are everyday examples where Stockholm Syndrome may be hiding. Also known as trauma bonding, effective counselling is essential in addressing this psychological condition. In this online CPD for counsellors article, we will…

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Sexual Abuse

Sexual Abuse Preparing Yourself Sexual abuse is a very heavy and difficult topic to hear about from a client. To cope with this, we need to be resilient, and to protect ourselves from being damaged by what we hear. In its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions, the BACP (2018: 11) defines resilience as ‘the capacity…

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Working with Clients Who Self-Harm

Working with Clients Who Self-Harm Intervention for Self Harm In order to start working with clients who self-harm, and to present interventions for self harm, we first need to understand what self harm is. The NHS defines self-harm as follows: ‘Self-harm is when someone intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of…

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Models of Mental Health

Models of Mental Health The World Health Organization defines ‘mental health’ as: ‘a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’ There are various different…

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Meeting Course Criteria

Meeting Course Criteria What Criteria Are The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘criterion’ (the singular form of ‘criteria’) as ‘a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided’. This is accurate in the context of counselling courses, as your work is judged (marked), and a decision made about whether you’ve passed. Free Download: Meeting…

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