The double unit aims to:
* Assist students in the development of counselling skills which they will use safely and ethically;
* Develop skills in managing the counsellor/client interaction;
* Develop the ability to communicate an empathic understanding to the client;
* Help students learn experientially as well as intellectually the skills required to manage an active listening space;
* Explore Egan's 3-stage helping model;
* Encourage students to use self-awareness to facilitate their counselling relationship with clients;
* Introduce students to the principles of ethical practice.
Having completed this unit, students will be able to:
* Work ethically and safely in the counselling situation;
* Use understanding and skills to manage counselling situations;
* Communicate empathic understanding to clients;
* Manage an active and structured listening space;
* Develop self-awareness and apply to the counselling interaction;
* Use counselling skills and techniques appropriately and coherently in an addictions treatment setting;
* Understand ethical issues and dilemmas commonly encountered in addictions treatment settings;
* Make use of counselling supervision to address the needs of the client and ensure ethical practice.
* Creating a safe space through the establishment of ethical and professional boundaries.
* Self-reflection and assessment of counselling performance.
* Note taking and case study presentation.
* Developing patterns of accurate interpersonal communication.
* Ascertaining information from clients.
* Communication with supervisor and colleagues.
This double unit is concerned with:
* The initial contract for group and counselling interactions;
* Developing active listening skills;
* The importance of rapport and how to achieve it;
* Stages in counselling - beginnings, middles & endings;
* Introduction and Application of Egan's 3-stage Helping Model;
* Structuring the counselling session using Stage I skills;
* Developing preferred Scenarios - skills and techniques;
* Recording of role-play counselling situations & peer evaluation;
* Identifying, understanding and responding to ethical issues.