This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Brief Counselling Method Essay

1408 words - 6 pages


The purpose of this paper is to outline how the solution-focused method of brief counselling can be used to assist students presenting difficulties in dealing with their parents and teachers. The principles of the solution-focused method explained in this paper are based on the description provided by Tom Harrison (2007).

As the issue of problematic relationships between adolescents and parents and/or teacher is frequent in a modern school setting, it is important to outline effective counselling methods to help manage such problems in a timely manner. The solution-focused method appropriately lends itself to time constraints and reluctant clients. Furthermore, this ...view middle of the document...

5. Assisting the student to develop and begin an action plan.

The steps described constitute a model of therapy that allows a degree of autonomy and positively reinforces the student’s strengths and self-concept to implement change (Harrison, 2007).

Students experiencing difficulty with their teachers are likely to be reluctant participants therefore the counselling process needs to foster a sense of willingness and trust in the student (Wittmer, 2007). Students who have been referred due to difficulties with parents and/or teachers may resist more the idea of adult influence over their lives. A counsellor adopting a collaborator or facilitator role is generally more effective than an authoritative role in this instance (Murphy, 1997). The counsellor can adopt this role through by accepting the student’s view whilst reframing his or her description so that they are able to recognise the problem. This requires the counsellor to use facilitative responses, paraphrasing and clarification of the client’s perception (Myrick, 2003).

Using the five steps outlined above (Harrison, 2007), the counsellor would need to begin by aiding the student to recognise the issue. For example, the student who has been referred by the teacher for insolent behaviour, negative attitude or a general lack of motivation is likely to infer that the conflict is not his/her problem. The client may deny the teacher’s description of his or her behaviour and resist the idea that there is even a problem. As a counsellor, it would be necessary to shift the focus of the session away from student and on to the teacher, in a way that empowers the student without undermining the teacher (Corey, 2009). I would begin by explaining that ‘Mrs Jones’ had asked for my help in assisting her with the student and was hoping for some kind of solution. I would continue to explain how I felt I should provide Mrs Jones with a positive outcome and ask the student to assist me in the matter . By using open-ended and non-confrontational questions I would develop a deeper understanding of the problem through the client’s eyes. I would ask the student if he/she had ever had difficulty responding to a teacher’s instructions. This would allow the student to perceive that he or she was helping me with my own problem. Thus, the client would feel more at ease and in control of the session. This would also encourage the client to participate in open dialogue and begin to develop a rapport with the counsellor (Schmidt, 2008). It is my aim that this line of questioning would lead the student to reveal what is the underlying issue causing the difficulty in class or at home. It is at this time that the client will present the problem or the ‘rule’ which is perpetuating the problem. The student may describe his or her situation as hopeless, whereby he/she ‘can’t get anything right’ or ‘no one understands me’. These responses indicate feelings of inadequacy and an inability to live...

Other Papers Like Brief Counselling Method

The Implication of Hawthorne Study in 21st Century

4436 words - 18 pages series of questions concerning why output declined in the afternoon: Did the operators tire out? Did they need brief rest periods? What was the impact of changes in equipment? What were the effects of a shorter work day? What role did worker attitudes play? Hawthorne engineers led by George Pennock were the primary researchers for the relay-assembly tests, originally intended to take place for only a few months. Six women operators volunteered for

What Is Hypnosis? Essay

2040 words - 9 pages was not welcomed and rejected. Sigmund Freud showed a brief interest in hypnosis in 1873, and believed people have a powerful hidden mental process, the subconscious mind, responsible for keeping our non-voluntary bodily functions ticking over nicely and storing our experiences and everything we have learnt, allowing our conscious mind to cope with everyday activities. Pierre Marie Félix Janet (1859-1947) was one of the first people to

The Development of Personnel/Human Resource Management and How Personnel/Hrm Operates in an Organisation One Is Familiar with

3341 words - 14 pages Introduction The following essay will trace the development of Human Resource Management/Personnel Management. Within this essay the origins of personnel management will be described and how the Human Resource Management (HRM) developed from that process. A brief discussion on the development of the ‘factory system’ and a description of the employee working conditions within these ‘factory systems’ will be discussed. Also included will be an

Selcting a Diagnosis

4692 words - 19 pages strategies. The clinical evaluations of ADHD must be comprehensive and multidimensional in nature, so as to capture its situational variability, its associated features, and its impact on home, school, and social functioning. This multi-method assessment approach should include: parent and child interviews parent- and teacher-completed child behavior rating scales parent self-report measures clinic-based psychological tests review of prior

Ben & Jerry's to Unilever

3862 words - 16 pages big business, cutting ice in New England and shipping it around the world. Ice cream was made by hand in a large bowl placed inside a tub filled with ice and salt. This was called the pot-freezer method. French confectioners refined the pot-freezer method, making ice cream in a sorbetière (a covered pail with a handle attached to the lid). In the pot-freezer method, the temperature of the ingredients is reduced by the mixture of crushed ice

Job Analysis

2717 words - 11 pages method of performing job analyses and delivering or providing access to the results of the job analyses by creating a list of job requirements and working conditions for each discrete task of a job, creating a physical demands analysis comprising a list of physical requirements of each discrete task of a job, and combining the lists into a job analysis database for determining whether a worker can perform a job. Job Analysis Job analysis is a

“a Study to Assess the Knowledge and Attitude of Social Phobia Among the Adolescent in Selected College at Tumkur with a View to Develop a Health Education Module .”


“Double-Edged Sword”, Emotional Labour

3262 words - 14 pages counteractions that organisations or managers could take against the problem of emotional labour, and finally, a brief summary of the findings and limitations of this research will be provided. 2. Emotional Labour Most of an employee’s emotional displays are considered to be a public performance rather than a private matter under their employer’s control. This notion particularly applies to organisations in the service industry where daily

Psychotherapy Final Project

3021 words - 13 pages -Centered Therapy. To begin with, CBT addresses dysfunctional emotions, cognitive processes and maladaptive behaviors and contents through a number of explicit, goal-oriented and systematic procedures. The method combines cognitive and behavioral approaches to derive desired outcomes. According to Cepeda and Davenport (2006), the approach is most effective on treatment of conditions like mood disorders, eating disorders, psychotic disorders, etc

Children First

3985 words - 16 pages appropriate method of helping the child such as different therapies, counselling and other methods. Educational psychologists work in many different settings, within schools, the HSE and other childcare institutions. County Council Committee: This committee is there in the ECCE sector to provide information and advice on setting up your own business in the childcare sector, training courses for people interested in working in this sector and also

Develop Professional Supervision Practice in Health and Social Care or Children and Young People's Settings

4765 words - 20 pages sign the supervision record, to allow the opportunity to record any points of disagreement. The most appropriate method of | | |recording will depend on the working environment, the resources available and the personal preference of the supervisor. For instance, many supervisors prefer to take brief notes during | | |the meeting and then write or type these up later. Others, particularly people

Related Essays

Counselling Theories Essay

4641 words - 19 pages to understand some of the theories behind their particular approaches, as well as focus on the person centred theories and for me to compare and contrast these. The only form of counselling I have received was from a person centred counsellor, as part of my Certificate in Counselling qualification, In the future, I think it would be of great benefit for me, to experience another method of counselling, as this would give me a greater

Analysis Of Basic Concepts Of Carl Rogers’ Client – Centred Therapy

5279 words - 22 pages ................................................................................ ....................... 10 III Biblical Perspective on Person – Centred Counselling.................................................................12 Conclusion........................................................................................................................ ......................14 Bibliography

The 4 Functions Of Management Essay

2435 words - 10 pages Introduction/Brief background of the project 1.1 Purpose and Authorisation The purpose of the report is to identify the characteristics of ‘good management’ for the four functions of management and to describe how ‘good management practices’ impact on organisational success or failure. The report has been authorised by Gayle Mayes of the University of the Sunshine Coast. As a management student of the University there is a requirement to

Unit 4 P7 Essay

3234 words - 13 pages conveyed simply and effectively, but you should think carefully about how you choose to do this. For example, as an information communication method, you might text a friend to say ‘U want 2 go 2 ftbl 2mrow?’ However, if you were sending a message on behalf of the football club, you might send out a letter (giving more than 24 hours’ notice), addressing the recipient using ‘Dear’, giving a brief description of the purpose of the letter and any