Acquire advanced counselling techniques
Counselors’ essential tools are called micro-skills. These are the methods that counsellors employ to assist clients in resolving their issues. Yet simply comprehending micro-skills isn’t always sufficient. Students are urged to polish their micro-skills and apply their expertise to a variety of real-life issues that any counsellor may encounter in this intriguing course.
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Clients occasionally have the unrealistic expectation that the counsellor would be able to instantly cure them of their problems. In such situations, the counsellor may need to explicitly explain to the client that they are not an expert who can provide a magical solution to the client’s problems but rather that their role is to assist the client in expressing their problems and feelings in order to gain a better understanding of themselves. The client needs to be aware that the counselor’s job is to empower the client to find their own answers that work best for them, not to give them advice. It could also be vital to let the client know that it might take a while to find solutions to their difficulties, so they should be patient and ready to commit to several sessions.
Enroll in this course to gain a better understanding of how to employ counselling techniques
- You can improve your ability to assist clients and develop your micro-skills by taking this course.
There are 8 lessons in this course:
- The Counselling Session
- How micro-skills come together
- Focus on the Present
- Present experiences
- Telephone Counselling
- Non-visual contact
- Initial contact
- Use of micro-skills
- Overall process
- Types of problem callers
- Dealing with Crises
- Defining crisis
- Types of crisis
- Dangers of crisis
- Counsellor’s responses and intervention
- Post-traumatic stress
- Problem-Solving Techniques I: Aggression
- Expressing anger
- Encouraging change
- Externalising anger
- Problem-Solving Techniques II: Depression
- Blocked anger
- Referral practice
- Chronic depression
- Setting goals
- Promoting action
- Problem-Solving Techniques III: Grief and Loss
- Loss of relationships
- Children and grief
- Stages of grief
- Problem-Solving Techniques IV: Suicide
- Reasons for suicide
- Perceived risk
- Counselling strategies
- Alternative approaches
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school’s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Apply your micro-skills knowledge to the various stages of the counselling process.
- Play out the dynamics of the counselling process, including phenomena like feedback, projection, resistance, projection and counter-transference.
- Techniques for phone counselling should be demonstrated.
- Create appropriate emotional and practical responses to disasters.
- Demonstrate techniques to motivate the client to handle aggressiveness.
- Showcase many techniques for helping the customer deal with their despair.
- Talk about coping mechanisms for grief.
- Create several methods for assisting suicidal people.
How You Plan To Act?
- Clearly define the steps involved in the counselling process.
- Describe how a counsellor might entice a client to unwind during the initial session.
- Showcase when the counsellor should incorporate micro-skills other than the minimal responses and introspective reflection of material and feeling.
- Show when and why the counsellor should pay attention to the client’s thoughts.
- Showcase conversational and role-playing control strategies.
- Create a case study that links specific non-visual cue kinds to emotions.
- Describe how a counsellor may encourage a client to think about the present and how this might help the counselling process.
- Use feedback in a manner that is acceptable for the counselling setting.
- Showcase the improper use of feedback in a counselling setting.
- Differentiate between counter-transference and transference.
- Use a role-play to demonstrate telephone counselling practises.
- Explain how to handle a distressed client (male or female) over the phone.
- Demonstrate how to end a phone counselling session.
- Describe the key benefits of phone counselling.
- Discuss strategies for dealing with obnoxious callers in telephone counselling.
- Analyze a case study that shows how a person handled a catastrophe.
- List the basic types of crises.
- Showcase various real-world solutions that could be used in a crisis.
- Indicate the proper time for a counsellor to wrap up crisis counselling.
- Analyze an individual’s (physical or mental) aggressive or violent outburst in a case study.
- Provide an example of a person’s physical or mental aggressive or violent outburst.
- Show how a counsellor might motivate a client to express their rage in a healthy way.
- Justify the need for clients to understand how anger affects their bodies.
- Analyze a case study to determine the cause of depression.
- In a case study, describe how depression came to be.
- Describe the connection between depression and suppressed fury.
- Show how a counsellor might motivate a client to examine their anger.
- Determine the dangers of interacting with someone who suffers from chronic depression.
- Describe the advantages of goal-setting for the therapeutic process.
- Determine when to refer clients who are depressed to other providers.
- Use a case study to evaluate the grieving process.
- Compare the 7 traditional stages of grief with the grieving process described in a case study.
- Decide through a case study which stage of grief was the most challenging.
- What role does denial play in the grieving process?
- Show how a counsellor could deal with bereaved people’s sentiments of denial.
- Why is it crucial that the client and the counsellor both comprehend the grieving process?
- Research on suicide is conducted in order to ascertain the attitudes, knowledge, and support systems that are present in the student’s nation.
- Compare and contrast various viewpoints on suicide.
- Identify six high risk variables that should be taken into consideration when determining a person’s propensity for suicide.
- Showcase many techniques a counsellor could employ to become more cognizant of a depressed client’s danger of suicide.
- Describe how a counsellor could have the ability to question their own illogical ideas in order to assist a suicidal client.
- Compare working with a client vs working against them.
Counseling frequently centres on relationships.
For a variety of reasons, an effective counsellor has to comprehend relationships.
Relational problems are frequently the cause of someone’s desire for counselling. Sometimes this may be because to a relationship being endangered or damaged, or it may be because the relationship has ended for any reason.
Relations are dynamic
They are always evolving. Any connection you currently have may be compared to how it was in the past, and you can undoubtedly see differences. Perhaps things have changed for the better since they were before. Perhaps it hasn’t. Even the most satisfying and joyful relationships can occasionally deteriorate over time and become stressful.
Often, social and demographic variables contribute to the dissolution of relationships. Those from significantly different origins, for instance, are less likely to have committed marriages (Jaffe & Kantner, 1979). Also, younger couples’ relationships are more likely to end than those of older persons (Bentler & Newcombe, 1978).
Relationships end for interpersonal reasons in addition to these more generic causes. It’s possible that some people have a harder time expressing what they need or want in a relationship. They might accuse their partner of wrongdoing without thoroughly investigating the situation or paying close attention to what they have to say. Success in every relationship depends on both parties having a solid sense of self. We must be conscious of our own virtues and ready to recognise them in others. There must also be sound boundaries that are well-defined.
The extent of self-disclosure and responsiveness to the other person are other elements that have an impact on the longevity of partnerships. Relationships frequently experience friction and break up when one or both of these factors is missing. According to a research by Markman (1981), couples who reported positive responsiveness experiences just before marriage were more likely to be satisfied with their marriage five years later.
How to Handle Dissatisfaction
In a study of romantic couples, Rusbult (1987) identified four approaches that were frequently utilised to address relationship dissatisfaction:
- Exit strategy: This involves physically getting out of the relationship or mentally getting out by talking about and planning to leave.
- By not attempting to address complaints, neglect is allowing the relationship to end.
- Loyalty is the ability to weather the storm, remain in a relationship, and look forward to brighter days.
- Voice: This refers to the discussion of challenges and difficulties in the relationship.
Advice on How to Leave a Relationship Peacefully
People sometimes find it very difficult to detach and replace emotional attachments, which is one of the reasons why terminating love relationships is so tough. Relationship breakups are especially tough for people with an anxious-ambivalent attachment type, who are dependent but distrustful and distrusting. People frequently interpret it as reinforcing their sense of abandonment. Also, individuals who have had negative past relationship experiences may discover that relationship breakup affects their trust in others and makes it more challenging to start new partnerships. Yet, any relationship breakdown is likely to have an impact on both parties, and it’s likely that at least one of them will experience pain. So, it is crucial to make an effort to end partnerships with compassion for the other party.
A basic piece of advice is to avoid ending a relationship when the other person is leaving. It may seem apparent, but the news will not be delivered at the greatest time if they are about to leave for work or go on vacation. They might not have enough time to adequately discuss it with you and will leave feeling dejected and self-conscious.
Avoid breaking up on the phone. It is preferable to part ways face to face. You can observe how the other person is responding, and you can work to clarify your sentiments and talk through the situation. It is too simple for one of you to slam the phone now and not really speak through what has happened if you do this over the phone.
In no way should a relationship be ended by text or social media. Knowing that you didn’t bother to tell them in person and maybe that all of their friends already know is embarrassing for the other person. We frequently hear about people who “change their status” on social media to “single” before telling the other person that their relationship is over.
Don’t ask someone else to break the news to the other person. Respect them by completing the task yourself.
Never break up a relationship in front of others. The individual in question may be quite upset, therefore this is not fair to them.
Do not disclose to others before. Do not break up with someone before telling them in front of your friends or family. If people start acting differently around them or even tell them, they might begin to realise something is going on. When others find out before they do, they will be even more hurt.
Don’t break up a relationship in the middle of one. In the heat of the moment, we sometimes say more things than we really want to. There are many reasons we might wish to leave a relationship, but during an argument, those reasons may be exaggerated and cause greater harm to the other person.
Make sure they understand your displeasure. The end of a relationship shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Saying “you are not happy and that is it” is bad because it doesn’t offer the other person a chance to improve or figure out what went wrong.
The Advantages of this Course
This programme pairs well with our Counseling Skills 1 programme. By bringing all of the micro-skills together and exploring particular applications of those abilities for mental health issues like sadness, sorrow, and anger, it builds on the micro-skills. It also discusses various counselling specialties, such as online and telephone counselling, and how they fit into a counselor’s toolkit. Graduates of this course will have a solid understanding of how and when to use specific helpful techniques when dealing with challenging cases.
The following professions or others with a similar interest are targeted by this course:
Psychology Health professions Caring roles