217 – Radical Empathy in Counselling

217 - Radical Empathy in Counselling

Planning Your CPD as a Counsellor - Bereavement Due to COVID-19

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In episode 217 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, your hosts Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly are back discussing three more topics:

  • In this week’s ‘Counselling Foundations’, we’ll look at radical empathy.
  • Next in ‘Focus on Self’, Rory and Ken discuss how to plan your CPD.
  • And lastly, Rory speaks with Dr. John Wilson on bereavement due to COVID-19.

Radical Empathy in Counselling [starts at 1:56 mins]

Radical empathy is a required skill for counselling clients that don’t share your values or that you could find incredibly challenging to empathise with.

The key discussions in this section include:

  • To cultivate radical empathy when counselling, make sure you're pushing aside prejudices.
  • This is an advanced form of empathy - it will be difficult.
  • Treat it carefully, make sure you're qualified and have good supervision.
  • Look past who they are and what they’ve done to recognise them as a fellow human being.

Free handout download on Radical Empathy is available in the green button above.

Planning Your CPD as a Counsellor [starts at 19:00 mins]

CPD is an essential part of your journey as a counsellor; improving yourself and broadening your knowledge will serve as a benefit in your career.

The main points of this segment include:

  • You're learning and bettering yourself for your clients.
  • It is the best way you can serve your client.
  • The more you learn about your practice, the more you will learn about yourself.
  • You can talk with your supervisor and ask them about any recommendations they may have for CPD that will help you to improve.

Bereavement Due to COVID-19 [starts at 35:43 mins]

In this week’s ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks with Dr. John Wilson on bereavement caused by COVID:

  • COVID bereavement has certain differences from regular bereavement such as greater levels of trauma, feelings of guilt and difficulties in making sense of their loss.
  • Clients will often suffer from rumination – thoughts going round and round as they try to make sense of something.
  • You will help the client to create a new relationship with their deceased loved one.
  • Bereavement counselling takes time and patience.
  • All grief is unique and individual.

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