Initially some people may feel uncomfortable being there – group sharing makes everyone feel itchy, especially in the early days of getting to know each other.
Yet, they are committed to the course and it's a part of the process of completing the counselling course.
Whatever happens in the personal development group has a powerful impact upon not only the student's perceptions of group work, but also how they feel about their own counselling training.
It is with excitement that you step into the group training setting, there are many expectations from your colleagues, you feel they are kindred spirits because they too are committed to the course.
At Counselling Liverpool Training, personal development is woven into specific sessions and also the residential and the opportunity for growth and development can happen at any time.
To the tutor's here, it's vital that, when something comes up for students, everything on the agenda gets pushed aside and we will give that the attention it deserves.
We only work with groups of maximum 12 people, so we don't have to reserve 'personal development' for designated times.
Studying counselling is likely to bring to the surface difficult emotional issues, and the group needs to respond to this at the time.
Every member of the team has a responsibility to the group and the training.
Whilst listening to others share their thoughts and problems within the group, you may find issues surfacing for yourself.
You may need to take this to your personal therapy, but you may also wish to express it, when appropriate, to the rest of the group.
Everyone in a group is a reflection of the other people in their group.
The individual's concerns and situations can often project onto the group, and particularly in a counselling training group, it is very important to recognise when this may happen.
At the very beginning of any new training course, here at CTL we always make sure that a working agreement is formed by each group. It is important to outline the boundaries of your own specific group to ensure that a way of being and working together is both respectful and safe.
The working agreement in training is likened to the working contract between client and counsellor, and it's at this very early stage that counsellors-in-training, are encouraged to explore this subject.
The BACP Ethical Framework covers this is much more detail so please refer to this.
Take a look at any confidential working groups that you have been involved in, or are currently involved:
Most of the time, you will ask yourself:
What do I want from the relationship with the group?
You may come up with some or all of the following:
- New Skills
- Personal Development
- Self Awareness
- Professional Development
Now have a think and make a list of what is important for you to GIVE to your group?
- Do the lists match?
- What will you give that is not featured ?
- Ask yourself, how do I impact group?