Counselling

2350 Words Aug 29th, 2010 10 Pages
Task 1: Describe the purpose and nature of counselling

The function of personal counselling is to help people to resolve problem areas in their life. Counselling provides an opportunity for the person to explore the difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviours that have blocked the way to satisfying relationships, personal happiness. The purpose of counselling is to help clients achieve their personal goals, and gain greater insight into their lives. One hopes that by the end of this process one will be more satisfied with his or her life. Counselling is not a process where the counsellor tells the client what he or she should do or decides choices for the client to make. Rather it is an opportunity for the client to come to a greater
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Counselling is based on trust and honesty where the counsellor offers to client unconditional respect and regard without being judgemental.

Working in a confidential setting, counselors listen attentively to their clients and offer them the time, empathy and respect they need to express their own feelings, and perhaps understand themselves from a different perspective, thereby reducing their confusion and enabling them to make changes in their life if they decide to do so.

2, Responsibilities to all clients: Counsellors take all reasonable steps to avoid harm to their clients as a result of the counselling process, they faced with situations which extend the boundary of their competence seek supervision and consider referral to other professionals. In the event of harm resulting from counselling, counsellors take responsibility for restitution. Professional indemnity should be considered. They are responsible for setting and maintaining professional boundaries within the counselling relation.
3, maintaining competent practice: Practitioners are responsible for ensuring that they have training in the use of counselling skills and that this training is appropriate and sufficient for the counselling work they undertake. They are responsible for working within the limits of their competence. Both practitioners and the organisations for whom they work have a responsibility for monitoring and developing the practitioner’s

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