Listening Skills Influence in Counselling

Lesley Foster C3758890 D171 Introduction to Counselling                         Page 1.
Essay question:
Drawing on material from Chapters 1,7,8 and 9, the course Guide and the DVD, examine and assess the extent to which listening skills contribute to counselling practice

The aim of therapeutic counselling is to provide a safe and private environment in which the client can express their feelings.   The essay looks at the ethical framework and considerations that underpins the therapeutic counselling practice.   The concept of ‘boundaries’ sets out to clarify the expectations which clients can expect to gain within the councillors range of expertise.   The contributions made by the various ways in which listening skills have contributed to the successful outcome of therapy, will be examined and assessed by, looking at the practice of counselling and the necessary qualities of the councillor in respect of their skills and their personal qualities. Examples of the varying listening skills will be provided along with their relevance and significance within the context of the therapeutic relationship which has shown to be paramount in producing a positive long term outcome.

Professional councillors or volunteers are responsible for the wellbeing of the client and themselves, therefore ethics play a huge role in this relationship in so much as it provides set guidelines to ensure both parties are aware of the nature of the therapy and the expectations that one can hope to work towards in a successful manner, whilst maintaining integrity, dignity and provide a good level of professional knowledge and conduct.

C3758890 Lesley Foster                                                                               Page 2.

Among the most important factors are confidentiality, protection from physical, emotional and mental harm and advice offered by the counsellor as set out in British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy framework. (Langridge...