12 thoughts on “Role Play – Basic Counseling Skills”

  1. I thought you did a great job. I am about to undertake a level 3
    counselling skills course and I often worry about the silence and trying to
    keep the client leading the session.

  2. Thanks to everyone for your advice. I believe everyone is right about the
    notes. This is a basic beginers class. I hope to get better and more
    comfortable as time goes one. Hopefully things will seem more real when I
    know there is no cam on me and I’m not being graded. I loved this class, I
    had a blast.

  3. You did a good job by offering other alternatives (i.e.
    cognitions/perspectives)….also you had great listening skills
    (paraphrasing and summarizing) . Be mindful that it is ok to have the
    client assist you with this task….a phrase I like to use is….”so what i
    heard say….”

  4. Not sure why everyone is so certain note taking is a no no. I’ve been
    taught different, I’ve been taught it’s ok to take some notes if you feel
    you must.

  5. Never say,,, ‘is that what you are trying to tell me’? It implies the
    client is not communicating well. It is better to say,,, ‘am i right in
    believing……’ Note also this way you are reflecting with an interest in
    being exact.

  6. You did well. I know how nervous it made me the first time I had to do the
    role-play and still does now! In the UK, we’re not allowed to take notes in
    the session but write notes after the person as left! It’s taught different
    everywhere you go I suppose.

  7. WELL DONE YOU! SAME HAPPENS TO ME ON MY OWN WITH A CLIENT AM GREAT DURING
    MOCK THERAPY, BUT ONCE D CAM STARTS ROLLING AM A BIG MESS…. I HOPE TO GET
    BETTER SOON, DOING MY MASTERS TO BE A CBT THERAPIST

  8. I’m a counselor and I always take notes. I look back on what the client
    said, and do research if needed. I want the client to know how important
    their thoughts and words are. I also encourage my clients to take
    notes…to look back on what they said and over time, see their own growth.
    What’s wrong with note taking???

  9. I do believe taking down notes while counseling is Ok if the client allows
    so. On the other hand it will show to the client that he counselor is
    serious about helping him. It will enable the counselor to review on the
    important issues when the session is over as well as preparing for the next
    session. It is sometime difficult to rely solely on memory.

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