10 cp Prerequisites: Nil Teaching Organisation Two hours per week for 12 weeks via lectures and skill based workshops. Additional weekly reading will be required.
This unit aims to develop essential interpersonal skills necessary for a therapeutic encounter. Particular focus will be given to developing in the student counsellor the understanding and skills required to foster the therapeutic alliance. A foundational platform of the unit is the application of communication skills within the context of a genuine human encounter. The unit will consider the identification and exploration of client goals and related agendas, such as ‘who is the client’; working the resistance, working with clients at various points on the emotion-focus to cognitive focus spectrum. The stages of the counselling process will be examined in the light of client readiness for change.