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Unit K/601/7629 Professional Organisational Issues In counselling assignment

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1. Understand what is meant by counselling. 1.1 Define what is meant by the term counselling. BACP definition of counselling and psychotherapy:- 'Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.? (BACP [online]). The BACP states that ?counselling takes place when a counsellor see a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction and purpose. It is always at the request of the client as no one can properly be ?sent? for counselling. In the sessions the client can explore various aspects of their life and feelings, talking about them freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends and family. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief and embarrassment can become very intense and counselling offers an opportunity to explore them, with the possibility of making them easier to understand.?(BACP Guidelines 2010) Oxford dictionary definition of counselling:- A person trained to give guidance on personal or psychological problems. ?counselling is a helping process with the overriding aim of helping clients to help themselves? (Richard Nelson-Jones 1989). ?counselling is a collaborative relationship between client and a trained counsellor and by incorporating theory, research and practice counsellor?s aim is to accomplish client?s self-awareness, acceptance and ultimately progression to change so as to function well and resourcefully but also feel happier within a society? (McLeod, 2008). The function of 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. ...read more.

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Clear communication 7. Consulting with service users and member agencies on issues, needs and priorities 8. Establishing clear and realistic aims and objectives that are understood and accepted by all agencies 9. Adequate resourcing in terms of funding, staffing and time including explicit agreements about how partnerships will share resources 3. Understand the environment in which counselling takes place. 3.1 Using examples analyse the key issues surrounding the following in relation to possible actions by clients. It is important that I have adequate insurance, public liability and also professional Indemnity insurance. Public liability is necessary to protect clients and myself from any accidents or injury that may occur during the session which may result in a claim. Indemnity Insurance is necessary to cover against any possible negligence claims brought against me. An example of a claim for negligence could be if a client committed suicide and the grieving family decided to sue the counsellor as they felt the counsellor was to blame. 1. Professional conduct Ethical standards are integral in promoting safe and professional counselling in a safe and professional environment. It is important for all members of the BACP to deliver a professional level of service that caters for the best interests of the client and public at large. The BACP states: - BACP members are accountable for their actions and also the actions of other BACP members. Ethical standards are important in promoting safe and professional counselling and psychotherapy practices. These are important in order that members deliver a professional level of service that caters for the best interests of their clients, and the public at large. Professional accountability is also key in ensuring public protection and allows the Profession to move forward enjoying the public confidence in the services provided. (BACP Guidelines 2010) Problems can occur when professional conduct is not adhered to, especially if a counsellor is not fully qualified or is unfit to practice, e.g. ...read more.

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The client may be unaware of this or loath to consider the possible consequences. 1. Legal rights of clients to access records It is essential in any counselling practice to have sound casework management, for example all casework is handled responsibly and professionally. At the start of the counselling relationship when the contract is being agreed it is vital that matters relating to notes/recordings are addressed. Issues such as ownership, length of time notes are held and where they are kept should also be discussed. As a counsellor I will need to keep some notes unless there is adequate reason for not doing so. Any notes should be free from personal detail yet accurate. All notes and report letters should be protected from unauthorised disclosure. I am aware of both clients and my own rights with regards to the data protection act 1998. Under this act clients have the right to see any information held about them. 5.3 Explain the importance of the need for casework evaluation for the ongoing professional development of the reflective practitioner. It is very important that as a trainee counsellor I am constantly reflecting on my casework and practise. I need to be sure I am using my skills to the best of my ability in order for my client to grow. It is a requirement of he BACP that member have regular supervision, one hour thirty minutes for every eight casework. Just as the client comes to the counsellor for support so does the counsellor when they go for supervision. Counselling is very demanding and supervision helps to overcome some of those challenges e.g. I can become over involved or dismissive of important aspects of therapy. I may have doubts about my own usefulness in the process. I can now see that a counsellors learning does not end when they become qualified. On the contrary, the learning, experiencing and continual development is fluid and ongoing. In order to give my clients effective therapy I shall always strive to develop both as a person and a counsellor. ...read more.

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