Hello Students! welcome to my attempt at Activity Four
Develop a 'counseling contract' for your counselling service. Remember back to Activity 3 when we created a voluntary counselling service.
I have decided to go with calling the service 'The Listening Ear'
The Listening Ear Counselling Agreement Contract
The counselling agreement contract is to help you to understand the counselling process and its limitations and boundaries. The aim of our counselling service is to provide an opportunity for you to work through any problems or difficulties that you may be having at this moment in time, enabling you to live your life the way you want to live it. The process of counselling helps you to talk through problems that are troubling you, with a person who is trained to understand your situation. Your counsellor will not offer you advice or pass any judgements on your situation.
The Listening Ear can offer a range of recognised models of counselling, your counsellor will explain which approach he/she is trained in and how you can get the best out of it.
Confidentiality is a very important aspect of our counselling service, there are exceptions that make it impossible to offer absolute confidentiality. The exceptions will cause the counsellor to follow this services contractual policy of disclosure.
- If a client is threatening to seriously harm/abuse themselves.
- If a client disclose the fact that they have/ or intend to harm others.
- If a client is physically or verbally abusive towards the counsellor.
- If a client discloses information that might arise in a subsequent court case.
- If a client discloses something that may be against the law such as Serious drug crimes and Terrorism.
You should also be aware that your counsellor will keep notes and discuss things with their supervisors, but your name will never be mentioned in conversation or be written down.
The notes will be stored in a secure place and then they are later destroyed.
The length of the session will last 5o minutes. If you are the cause for a session starting late, it will still end at the normal time.
The frequency and number of sessions will be by mutual agreement and there will be regular reviews to ensure that both parties are still happy with the arrangement.
If the Counsellor or Client are unable to attend a session, then at least 24 hours notice should try to be given.
Holidays that you the client or the counsellor intend on taking, should also be discussed.
Sessions will automatically be cancelled if you come to a session under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol.
The Counsellors here at 'The Listening Ear' are a mixture of Fully accredited members of the BACP and Second year students of a Diploma course. Both are bound the BACP code of ethics and Practice which defines the counselling relationship.
You will be made aware of your counsellors qualifications from the start.
Ok there is my go! This was very difficult! Please feel free to help me out!