10 Points To Take Home on Day 1 (Introduction to Counselling)
Day one is finished and all went pretty well. I'm the only guy in the class of about 20, but I'll get used to that, I hope...
Here's 10 points - observations and quotes - that have resonated with me on Day 1:
- Transparency is confronting to self.
- Inner dialogue can be judgemental despite desired intent.
- "History of self" influences immediate reactions in opposition to desired reactions.
- As the counsellor, desire to know and collect more information from the client may be driven by one's own needs as opposed to the needs of the client. This needs to be consciously acknowledged to the self and dealt with.
- "For the counsellor, issues of self transference can be bracketted and put aside for a later time of "dealing with" rather than completely erased, ignored or overlooked"
- "It's articulation that opens the doors."
- "I like the use of the term 'Imaginative Variation' in the exploration of future alternatives and possibilites (e.g. "What would life be like if...?")"
- The contrast between good conversation and good counselling can be disarming when first undertaken by those new to the processes involved (such as myself).
- A "counselling conversation" is an intentional conversation with the needs of the client in mind.
- An effective counsellor, for me, is one who does not diminish the importance and potency of the issues I come with and present, despite how trivial they may appear on surface value.
Introduction to Counselling, La Trobe University School of Public Health, Summer School, Day 1, Monday February 6, 2012