in     by Andy 03.03.2016

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!




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