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COUN 505: Introduction to Counseling Techniques & The Helping Relationship

The Personal Journey of Becoming a Helper

Anita Knight

on 19 September 2017

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COUN 505: Intro to Counseling Techniques & The Helping Relationship

The Personal Journey of Becoming a Helper

Worship Team Formation
Devotional:Waiting on God
& Listening
Reflective Learning
Becoming a Helper
Lifetime Learners
Invitational skills
Questions (Open & Closed)
Syllabus (11:00)
Return @ 1:30 for breakout
Reminder: Bring creative materials for Tuesday
(from Dr. K)
Student luncheon at noon
Snacks available in the hospitality area:
Worship Team Formation
Waiting on God &listening
Yet, those who wait on the
Lord will gain new strength,
they will mount up on wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk & not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
Welcome to the Journey
Becoming a helper is a lifelong journey
Internal journey
"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates
Greek Philosopher
Known for Socratic Method
importance of self-awareness
Peer Supervision
Evaluating Automatic Responses
Evaluate Prejudice
Review Experiences
Personal Bonus of "becoming
Why do people
do what they do?
Why do I do what I do?
Becoming a Reflective Helper
Some benefits of Reflection

Accommodate new info
Consider before rejecting
Increased flexibility
Accepting the human condition/imperfections
Avoid defensiveness
Avoid blaming
Aware of natural reflexes
To Do List
To Don't List
Ask for Supervision
Develop a Support Group of fellow learners
Sit in the "other" chair
Keep a personal journal
Peer supervision
Stop & Reflect exercises in the text

Seek consultation
Continue peer suprvision
Go beyond CEU requirements
Remain teachable
Become defensive
Rationalize mistakes
Discount giver of feedback
Blame the "client"/classmate
Not look back
Avoid discomfort
Always go with natural reflex
What is one thing that you learned about yourself when
doing the pre-intensive assignment?
In addition to reflecting on experiences
another habit of the reflective practitioner is
peer supervision.

Peer Supervision

Share your learning experience with your peer, and ask for feedback. Accept the feedback without becoming defensive. Try saying, "Thank you for that feedback, and I will take it into consideration."
Share with the class!
Break Time!
In "No Man Is an Island" Thomas Merton wrote:
"Those who love their own noise are impatient of everything else. They constantly defile the silence of the forests and the mountains and the sea. They bore through silent nature in every direction with their machines, for fear that the calm world might accuse them of their own emptiness. The urgency of their swift movement seems to ignore the tranquility of nature by pretending to have a purpose. The loud plane seems for a moment to deny the reality of the clouds and of the sky, by its direction, its noise, and its pretended strength. The silence of the sky remains when the plane has gone. The tranquility of the clouds will remain when the plane has fallen apart. It is the silence of the world that is real. Our noise, our business, our purposes, and all our fatuous statements about our purposes, our business, and our noise: these are the illusion."
“But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Psalm 131:2, NIV)
Albert Schweitzer discusses a concept he refers to as "sleep
sickness of the soul" where busyness & over commitment
have taken the place of true worship.
Scriptures invite us to refocus on the Author & Finisher of our
faith, Jesus Christ.
Centering Prayer
Corne Bekker, Christian author & teacher writes in his blog about the importance of quieting our spirits before the Lord and re-focusing, waiting and listening to him. This approach is called centering prayer and it is:

A simple approach to prayer
Guidelines for centering prayer as developed by contemporary devotional authors such as Thomas Keating[3], are as follows:
· Give yourself permission to settle down.
Let go of all the thoughts, tensions, and sensations you may feel and begin to rest in the love of God who dwells within (compare Revelation 3:20).
· Effortlessly, take the name of Jesus, the focus of your intention to surrender to God's presence, and let the name of Jesus be gently present in your heart.
· When you become aware of thoughts or as internal sensations arise, just take this as your signal to gently return to the name of Jesus, the focus of your intention to let go and rest in God's presence.
· If thoughts subside and you find yourself restfully aware, simply rest in God, in His presence. Be in that stillness. When thoughts begin to stir again, gently return to the name of Jesus.
· End your time of prayer with thanksgiving, adoration and intercession.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Professors at Texas A &M did a study on
164 counseling students who completed 10 counseling sessions; 92% supported requiring sessions & students indicated increases in awareness with clients & other benefits (Olden, Minor-Holden, & Balkin, 2009) .
Nineteen doc students
in a M & F program
at a Southern University
were asked to keep a journal
& document events that
cultural awareness. Heightened levels of awareness of other cultures were reported.
In some instances the awareness was associated with action (Lee & Vennum, 2010)
According to the VA LPC application as of 6.8.12:
"A minimum of 200 hours of supervisory sessions, occurring at a minimum of one hour and a maximum of four hours supervision per forty (40) hours of work experience, during the period of the residency. Residents in all practice settings MUST register their supervisor prior to beginning supervision. Lost supervisory hours due to not registering a supervisor will not be the responsibility of the Board."
The feedback time in the
afternoon groups will help students
learn the rudimentary skills for peer
Will this response
be helpful to my
What are my biases?
Proverbs 17: 22
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
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