Changes to our Counselling Skills Workshop.
I’m always interested in “what works” and “what doesn’t” in our workshops – and recently we have totally revamped our Counselling Skills workshop. Gone is the acquisition of skills, one-by-one – listening, body language, core conditions etc
Instead we are focusing far more on the working top down – and considering the therapeutic relationship as the starting point of counselling, rather than the skills base.
We are using Richard Erskine’s thinking – the importance of:
Attunement – step by step emotional, cognitive, behavioural, relational attunement to the client.
Involvement – a deep commitment, moment by moment to the client’s narrative and experience.
Enquiry – a sense of co-created curiosity and questioning stance – entering into the client’s world through questions and wonderings.
I’ve found that this way in is giving our trainees a much better grasp of the nature of using counselling skills – with the concrete, operational skills coming later!