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1 What is counseling? Counseling is the means by which one person helps another through purposeful conversation Counseling is a method of identifying practical solution to an identified problem

2 Personality problems Common Problems Family conflicts, Personal problems (Difficulty to adjust with others) etc. Educational problems Lack of motivation, Reading difficulties, etc. Vocational problems Difference between interests & aptitude Financial problems Need for self- support at school or college Health problems Psycho- somatic disorders (Insomania)

3 Common factors for counseling Two persons are present during counseling The process leads to action on the part of the client The counselor is a person who listens The client can be trusted to find their own solutions Personal growth of the client usually occurs

4 Counseling is not usually concerned with Advice-giving Psychotherapy Treatment of severe mental illness Solving client s life s problems Not a remedy for all problems at a single instance

5 Elements of counseling An empathetic relationship The counselor and client relates well The counselor sticks closely to the clients problems The client feels free to say what they like An atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence exists Rapport is essential

6 Personal qualities of a Counselor Empathy Ability to stand empathetically with clients See the world as they see it Warmth Delicate one Genuineness Professional manner But friendly manner

7 Positive regard Disposition towards others is positive Concreteness Get to listen Listens empathetically Clarifies your thoughts Leads you to logical conclusion

8 Counseling process Getting started Introductory talk Identifying the issues Coping with feelings Identifying possible solutions Agreeing a plan Implementing the plan Review

9 Listening Counseling skills It is the process of hearing the other person. Linguistic aspects Actual words using by the client Ex: Expanding a business may turn to developing a business

10 Paralinguistic aspects Apart from speech, the timing, volume, pitch, accent of the individual Ex: Variation in volume (speech) in certain times Non-verbal aspects refer to body language expression through the use of the body. ( facial expression,use of gestures, body position and movement)

11 Giving information How much information is given during a counseling session will depend on the nature of the counseling relationship Concrete issues Expanding a business Developing a career Completing a college course Buying a house The expert counselor will access the particular and accurate information of the individual.

12 Personal issues - Continuing a relationship - Coping with the death of a relative - Developing self awareness - Working through depression Client is the expert

13 Making suggestions Concrete domain Ex: Due to parents(option) force a student may be forced to choose a subject

14 Drawing out Open questions: Do not have one correct answer Have one word answer Ex: How did you feel when that happened? Closed questions: Yes or no answer only. Ex: Have you discussed with your parents?

15 Reflection Back of the few words client has spoken To clarify his thoughts and feelings Ex: I found it is difficult to get a job

16 Challenging v Challenge to client saying v Counselor role is a supportive v Counselor is in plain speaking Ex: There is no one in my organization that I can talk to at all

17 Supporting Client s advocate - Counselor Problems the client identified Counselor follow traveler Ex: I have some difficulties to study at my home

18 Review Evaluation carried out Ex: Positive and negative feedback about the counseling

19 Stages in Career Guidance Reviewing Individual needs in relation to work and available options. (Occupational information) Goal setting Clarify and set achievable goals (Self Assessment) Action planning Agreed, undertaken and evaluated (Training)

20 Difference between Counseling & Guidance Counseling Helps to analyse the problem Professional manner Guidance Giving assistance In Friendly concern Rapport is essential left to the individual To develop a positive outlook Expects to advice

21 Requirements to establish a career counseling center Physical setting Privacy Rapport Test material should be available Maintain confidentiality Communication Attentiveness

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