THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING FOR COUNSELLORS

The Importance of Networking for Counsellors

Networking is essential to your professional success as a counsellor. When you are starting out, making connections with other mental health practitioners will help you gain professional contacts that will help you in your practice. Even once you have worked as a counsellor for years, you still need to revise and update your network occasionally.…

Reconciliation Week

Acknowledgment of County I acknowledge to the east, the Butchulla people, and to the west, the Kabi Kabi people, their connection to country. I pay my respects to the Elders – past and present.   I acknowledge the ownership of these people.  I acknowledge the Turrbal people, their connection to country.  I pay my respects to…

Confidentiality in Counselling

Confidentiality in Counselling

The purpose of confidentiality Ethical behaviour is fundamental to the counselling practice and one of the ethical concepts that are at the core of the profession is confidentiality. It is important to ensure all work, client interactions and documentation needs follow the appropriate laws and the privacy and confidentiality requirements of your organisation. When clients…

Respecting Client Autonomy in Counselling

Respecting Client Autonomy in Counselling

Client autonomy is allowing and encouraging an individual’s freedom of choice and action. It addresses the responsibility of the counsellor to support clients, when appropriate, to make their own decisions and to act on their values. Counselling is mainly voluntary and needs a certain level of engagement from the client for it to work effectively.…

A Counsellor's Duty of Care

A Counsellor’s Duty of Care

What is duty of care Ensuring clients and colleagues are safe and treated appropriately is the vital obligation of every counsellor, which is why duty of care must be heavily considered. Duty of care is legally written into the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and is your responsibility to protect the safety and wellbeing…

Staying Within your Scope of Practice

Staying Within your Scope of Practice

A scope of practice is a profession’s full spectrum of roles, responsibilities, actions, and decision-making capacity that individuals within that profession are authorised to carry out. Scope of practice is the area in which you as a counsellor can practise in a competent, safe, and lawful way that adheres to counselling standards and does not…

Reaching the End of a Counselling Relationship

Reaching the End of a Counselling Relationship

When you reach the end of a client-counsellor relationship, it can be difficult for the client to adjust. Working closely with the client through their concerns and having this type of relationship establishes strong feelings of support and understanding between counsellor and client. For some, breaking these connections can be akin to feelings of grief…