Counselling And The Scope Of Counselling Relationships

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Explain the purpose of counselling and the scope of counselling relationships, including professional limitations.
Purpose of Counselling
• A counsellor seeks to bring about positive change in the way a client thinks and behaves, with empathy and genuineness, so they can make the change within themselves.
• This is done through the use of certain communication skills to make the client feel at ease so they feel comfortable to recognise and deal with any issues they have and together with the counsellor encouraging them to be confident with making their own decisions and to set goals for their future.
Scope of Counselling Relationship and professional limitations
• Counselling differs from just simply having a conversation it involves a certain formality and has to follow a number of accepted practices. It must also adhere to professional limitations. For example o Counselling strategies – a counsellor has to adopt specific set of skills (e.g. Open and closed questions, paraphrasing, summarising, reflection of content e.t.c) that are tailored to the specific needs of the client. o Ethical principles and practices –
 Ensuring confidentiality: to give the client assurance that the information shared in the counselling session will not be divulged to others and is strictly limited to the counsellor and client. However with some exceptions (e.g. mandatory reporting)
 Maintaining professional boundaries e.g.
• Beneficence: focussing on what is best for the client and…
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