TRANSFORMATIVE COUNSELLING ENCOUNTERS
STUDENT NUMBER - 41308670
ASSIGNMENT 2 - 364849
SEMESTER 2 - 2012
I, Lauren Prinsloo, hereby declare that this is my own and personal work, except where the work(s) or publications of others have been acknowledged by means of reference techniques.
I have read and understood Tutorial Letter CMNALLE/301/2011 regarding technical and presentation requirements, referencing techniques and plagiarism.
Name: Lauren Prinsloo
Date: 1 September 2012
Student Number: 41308670
Witness: Jason Stuart Loofe
2 SECTION A
3.1 Interview schedule
3.2 Interview transcript
3.3 Narrative descriptive account
3 SECTION B
4.4 River Map
This assignment is on transformative counselling encounters. The assignment consists of two sections. The first section includes an interview done with a professional counsellor. First the planning for the interview is explained with reference to the questions asked. The interview transcript is then given followed by a narrative descriptive account. The next section includes a river map of changes experienced while working through this module. This includes my thoughts, emotions and the impact this module has had on me as a person.
I decided to return to the MABS Cancer Support Group, for the interview. This non-profit organisation was used for my first assignment. The counsellor, Carol was very helpful with my previous assignment and was easy to talk to, which ensured a good working alliance. I contacted Carol by telephone and explained how I enjoyed and was very grateful of the counselling experience she gave me and asked her if she would mind answering a few questions about what she does. By complementing her on her work and showing my gratitude, I am creating and appropriate context and climate to optimize the working alliance. I explained that I am required to interview as part of my second assignment for Transformative Counselling Encounters and that I only have a few questions so she would not have to give up more than twenty minutes of her time. I was a bit nervous because I did not know if she was busy or comfortable with answering personal questions. She happily agreed and asked me where and when I would like to meet. I suggested we should meet up at the community centre again because it is a perfect counselling setting, has minimal distractors and ensured Carol will be in a comfortable environment. I thanked her again for letting me interview her and explained that she did not have to answer any questions she was not comfortable with. She laughed and said it was her pleasure. We made an appointment for Friday at 12:30pm.
I wanted to know what it is really like to be a counsellor. I planned my questions around topics that I believed may be challenging for a counsellor. I wanted to know what obstacles that the counsellor has to overcome? I wanted to know what was most enjoyable about counselling, or the least enjoyable? I used open questions to allow elaboration and to explore any further thoughts. These questions included; * What made you choose counselling as a career?
* Have you always done group counselling?
* Have you always specialized in this field?
* How do you normally experience initial contact with clients? * Do you have to refer many clients and what kind of networks do you deal with? * You must hear many sad stories, how do you cope with the stress on a personal aspect? * Does it get easier to deal with it over the years?...
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