GROUP 6 REPORT ENTITILEDTHE COUNSELOR, THEIR QUALITIES, ROLES, AND SKILLS GIL, JUAN PAOLO A. BEED A-41
WHAT IS A COUNSELOR?•As a verb can mean “to give guidance to”•As a noun it may specifically refer to a lawyer, teacher, psychologist and the like.The term counselor has numerous meanings. Most often it is used to describesomeone who is a therapist, which could mean a licensed clinical socialworker a marriage and family counselor.
QUALITIES OF A GOOD COUNSELORAn effective and competent counselor will:1. Believe you2. Share information about the process of counseling and changed.3. Fully respect your feelings, beliefs and values.4. Acknowledge gender, culture and religious differences5. Encourage you to do things that you feel are helpful in your healing journey.
6. Encourage you to build relational support outside of counseling by connecting with supportive and respectful people and groups.7. Offer you new skills to help you move towards your goals.8. Invite your feedback regarding the ways in which counseling isn’t helpful9. Make it easy for you to discuss any concerns you have about counseling.10.Not force or pressure you into doing anything you don’t want to do.11.Assist you in deciding when counseling is done.
ROLES OF A COUNSELORThe rapport of the client and counselor is an importantfactor in counseling. The counselor must:1. Be likeable and exhibit interpersonal skills2. Be flexible and able to meet individual needs by providing person-specific attention.3. Be available in multiple sessions.4. Have something very applied and concrete to offer.5. Exhibit a caring attitude.
A counselor must attempt to facilitate a clientto solve their own problems yet demonstratea genuine concern and compassion for theclient’s dilemmas.The counselor must realize that informationgiven to the client may take time for the clientto effectively implement into their livesThe counselor should encourage the client toultimately draw their own conclusions andchoose the direction they want to take it
BEING A GOOD COUNSELORThis defines counseling and describes skillsin an effective counselor, including being thefollowing: 1. Non-judgemental 2. Having warmth 3. Genuineness 4. Discretion
•Counseling involves a process.• The aim of which is to help others to helpthemselves by making better choices and becomingbetter choosers of options.• The counselors repertoire of skills includes those offorming an understanding relationship.• In a counseling relationship the counselor and clientwork together to explore every aspect of client’scircumstances, enabling the individual to re-evaluatehis or her experiences, capabilities and potential.• Counselors facilitate full and confidential expressionto the clients feelings without diverting other attentionto his or her feelings