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COU104A Jansen Newman Institute W2 Attending Behavior Journal

COU104A

Jansen Newman Institute

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Assessment Description: Reflective Journal: Write and maintain a reflective journal from week two to week eleven. The journal needs to highlight your interaction with the module materials and highlight the progress made through the module. The journal also needs to cover concerns raised and how you have responded to them, using examples where possible. You are encouraged to summarize and condense each weekly entry down to 200 words for submission. In your journal please reflect on the learning outcomes below:  Demonstration of assertive communication skills in the counsellingcontext  Ability to apply the value of listening in the counselling context  Developing ideas on a counselling model of student’s choice  Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate own use of the core counselling skills and ability to identify strategies for improvements.

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Assessment Brief Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science Subject Applied Counselling 1 Subject code COU104A Name of assessment Assessment 3: Reflective Journal Length 2500 Words Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment: B, C, D, E Submission Date: End of week 11, Sunday 11.55 pm Assessment brief summary: Students are required to maintain a reflective journal from week two to week eleven. The journal needs to highlight the interaction with the module materials and highlight the progress made through the module. The journal also needs to cover concerns raised and how students have responded to them. Total marks 40 40% Weighting Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day. Please note: you must attempt all tasks in a subject to be eligible to pass the subject. More information, please refer to the Academic Progression Policy on http://www.think.edu.au/about‐think/think‐ quality/our‐policies. COU104A – AB3, RJ Page 1 Assessment Description: Reflective Journal: Write and maintain a reflective journal from week two to week eleven. The journal needs to highlight your interaction with the module materials and highlight the progress made through the module. The journal also needs to cover concerns raised and how you have responded to them, using examples where possible. You are encouraged to summarize and condense each weekly entry down to 200 words for submission. In your journal please reflect on the learning outcomes below:     Demonstration of assertive communication skills in the counselling context Ability to apply the value of listening in the counselling context Developing ideas on a counselling model of student’s choice Ability to critically reflect on and evaluate own use of the core counselling skills and ability to identify strategies for improvements. In each entry you need to address the following: Description – What happened? Analysis – Why did it happen? What were you feeling? What theories might help explain what happened? Are there other perspectives that challenge your views? Outcomes or Actions – What did you learn? What would you do differently next time? When reflecting on your learning (such as an educational theory you have learned about within a unit) you might address the following questions: Description - What is the concept, idea or theory you are reflecting on? Analysis - Are there aspects you found particularly interesting or challenging? Does it tie in with anything you have learned in the past? Has it changed the way you think, or affirmed something you already knew? Outcomes or Action - What else might you need to find out? Do you have any questions? How might you incorporate or apply these ideas in the future, perhaps in your professional life? Whether reflecting on an experience, on your own learning, or both, you will need to make sure you include description, analysis and outcomes or action. Your final version of journal should include:    an introductory section (approximately 250 words) setting the context for your journal and what you hope to achieve an entry for each week from week 2 to week 11 (app. 200 words each) a summary section (approximately 250 words) outlining what you have learned from your journal and how you will apply that knowledge COU104A – AB3, RJ Page 2 This journal is assessing for your capacity to reflect on, and integrate, the theory into your counselling practice. It is written in the first person and the literature can be used to support commentary. Assessment Marking Matrix: Max. in category Ability to analyse and reflect on the application of counselling skills 10 Documentation of counselling skills development and progress over the term 10 Areas for further improvement identified and strategies for development proposed 10 Regularity and consistency of weekly journal entries 5 Word count, readability, and structure 5 Total: Your points 40 Comments: What we want to see: Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites such as The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/au/health), online dictionaries and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources. Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word. COU104A – AB3, RJ Page 3 What we don’t want to see: Plagiarism: All sources of information need to properly be acknowledged. Please refer to the plagiarism website on blackboardi. By clicking the 'Upload this file' button you acknowledge that you have read, understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the Flexible and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook. Like other forms of cheating plagiarism is treated seriously. Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program Manager. Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length. Late Submissions: Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 30 will incur 3 marks penalty per day. No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit. Resources Available to YOU: 1. Academic writing guide link https://laureateau.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1&c ontent_id=_2498847_1&mode=reset 2. Writing & referencing: The link to the Learning and Academic Skills Unit (LASU) is on the left pulldown menu on the blackboard home page: https://laureateau.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1&c ontent_id=_2498847_1&mode=reset LASU also provides a series of academic skills tutorials. Please contact Caroline Spaans (cspaans@laureate.net.au, 02 949 232 14). 3. Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page http://library.think.edu.au/research_skills/. Please contact the online and Pyrmont librarian for Health, Dawn Vaux (dvaux@laureate.net.au) if you would like further help or a tutorial on how to do research this way. More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website. i https://laureate‐ au.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1&content_id=_2498858_1&mode=reset COU104A – AB3, RJ Page 4 ...
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Reflective Journal
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REFLECTIVE JOURNAL

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Introduction

The act of reflecting helps us make sense of what we have learned. In this reflective
journal, I will write down weekly entries on my interaction with the module materials and the
progress that I have made in the course of the module. The entries will also cover any issues that
I encountered during the course of the module and how I overcame them, including the theories
that I applied. The entries will cover an evaluation of the role of basic counselling skills in
effective counseling. I will refer to the role-plays and live skills demonstrations that I observed
during the course of the subject. This will include demonstrating empathy, reflecting on content,
reflecting on feelings, clarifying, and asking open-ended questions. I will also discuss the role
that they play in a helping process, and the risks and limitations of each of them. The reflective
journal will cover the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to
working with adults.

Counseling is a form of therapy in which an individual discusses his issues with a
counselor in a helpful and private surrounding (NHS 2014, p.1). The practice is centered around
treating a client's psychological wellness to transform it or focus it on the different areas of their
issues to build up the correct mentality required to understand it. Various skills impact the
accomplishment of these therapeutic sessions. A large portion of these skills has been covered in
the weekly exercises. This report presents reflections on counseling practice comprised from
week 2 to 11.

Week 2: Attending behavior: empathy and advanced accurate empathy

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The attending behavior is necessary and impacts the counseling process. Attending refers
to being present during an interaction between two individuals. On this, the attending conduct, as
it is identified with counseling, alludes to the mindful communication between a client and his or
her counselor. The attending behavior utilized by a counselor impacts the quality of the
relationship built between the client and the counselor. Empathy is a vital concept in the
attending practice that is basic to the development of this critical relationship. Being empathetic
establishes a virtual experience where the counselor places him or herself in the circumstance
that the patient is experiencing (Elliott, 2011). This allows the counselor to establish a good
connection with the difficulties that the patient is confronting and be better placed to give
suitable answers to the client. An attending behavior that is unprofessional and contradicts
professional practice is sympathy. Here, the counselor tends to feel sorry for the patient towards
the customer and their circumstances. This methodology is not productive since it leads the
customer into more profound issues. Therefore, empathic conduct necessitates that the counselor
takes up the position of the patient by making use of the information given by the client.

Advanced accurate empathy is the second stage of empathy where the counselor explores
the circumstance of the patient by utilizing skills, experience, and information gotten from
outside sources other than the patient (Wicks, Parsons & Capps, 1993). In this way, advanced
accurate therapy allows the counselor to link with the patient better since it is conceivable to
identify the necessary variables to an issue that might be unnoticed by the patient. As a future
counselor, I will utilize empathic practices to establish relationships with my patients. In the first
meetings with them, necessary empathy will be used to make connections. Thus, advanced
accurate therapy will be used to create a more profound comprehension of the patient's
circumstance in the sessions that follow.

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Week 3: Reflective listening skills

Excellent communication impacts the success of a counseling session. The counselor
ought to have the ability to comprehend what the patient is trying to communicate during
counseling sessions. Then again, it is critical that the patient feels that the counselor understands
what they mean. Thus, excellent communication during a session guarantees that the...

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