Blog post 11! 

By: Kavita P

  

Evening bloggers, hope you’re all well this Friday night! I just wanted to blog about the lesson I had today with my tutor “Julia”. The lecture was based on the “counselling and psychotherapy” route, and consisted of Role play. I actually find this exercise really interesting and enjoyable. 

This was the structure of the Role play. 

  1. We got split into pairs, where one persons was assigned the “client” and the other was the “therapist”. 
  2. Then we each got taken into separate rooms – where we were told about either therapy techniques or the illness/problem the patient was suffering from. 
  3. After 15 mins, we then went to the third floor (into the booths) and carried out the role play. 
  4. We then swapped roles and carried out the same exercise (only now the illness/problem had changed, and the therapist had the diagnostics with them)

The aim of this structure was to introduce the effects of having a diagnosis BEFORE the therapy, and to see how that would impact the therapist (in terms of the Q’s asked). 

Even though the role play only lasted 20 mins in total, I found myself reflecting on many of the skills taught during the practitioner modules. For instance, during the therapy I was practicing “active listening” while paraphrasing back to the client. An example would be “so from what you are telling me, it seems you feel very anxious about meeting new people”. It was really interesting to use the skills we have learnt. I also feel really happy that we got a taste of what therapy would be like – as I see this as a career option for the future. Additionally, it’s nice to see that the units we are taught overlap and that we can transfer skills from one lecture to another.

During the role play other skills we spoke about were also present such as; 

  • Reflective practice – during the summary and reflective task at the end 
  • Empathy – during the therapy, when trying to understand the clients way of dealing with death
  • Objectivity – during therapy, when the therapist had no prior knowledge of the patients history  
  • Time management – during therapy, when the therapist had 10 mins to structure the therapy (using clocks to keep track and giving a “two minute” warning.  

Overall it was a great experience 🙂 Hope you have a good weekend! 
#firsttimebloggers 

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