Working Alliances Growing on Trees

Posted on May 21, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

Because outcomes are so influenced by the nature of the therapeutic relationship, counsellors and counselling related research pays close attention to the development of the working alliance. To that end, Gerald Corey (2009) defined “therapy at its best is an active collaborative process of working with the client as an active self-healer” (p 18). This […]

Technology for Counseling Note Keeping

Posted on May 19, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

This past week through GCAP I was introduced to Keeney’s (2001) work in tracking client issues and galleries. A simplified description of Keeney’s gallery idea is that clients present content of therapeutic sessions as if taking you through a tour of their life gallery. The first is the presenting gallery that would include descriptors of […]

Set Direction, Work Hard, Think Positive

Posted on May 14, 2009 in Blog, Health, Reflections on Counseling

Just in case you won’t read this whole post here is what I am going to tell you: You already possess the knowledge to create change in your life. You could walk out the front door tomorrow morning into a better reality but choose not to. The process involves three steps: set direction, work hard, […]

Counseling and an Ethical Paradox

Posted on May 8, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

After 3 weeks holiday I just finished my first week back to the graduate school grind. This unit everyone in this program is carrying two courses – Professional Ethics and Developing a Working Alliance. Of most interest were the core competencies of the counsellor and a case study that required us to introduce deontological and […]

Inside Line on the Burton Bowl

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

Finally I have an inside line on the elusive Burton Bowl (see photo). Organizing a few students from the board riderz club and some other friends to go ride it. A Saturday is probably the best bet with school on during the week. Let me know if interested. No dates decided yet.

Personal Reflection on Carl Rogers and Person Centered Therapy (PCT)

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 in Reflections on Counseling

What follows is an adapted excerpt from a paper I just submitted. There was enough personal information in this that I thought it might be interesting. Conditions for change. If there is a hallmark of Carl Rogers’s work, it is his presentation of the conditions of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence (genuineness) as necessary […]