I recently started a counselling skills course in my town, now attending week three today, and it was mentioned that as part of the process it’d be a good habit to get into recording our experience, to reflect and contemplate on, which I’m looking to do in these blog entries for the rest of the year.
The first lesson. was my introduction back into higher education, which I hadn’t done for some time and I was fairly eager, but nervous, going into it. We were given the entire course outline on that day, which left myself and others a bit overwhelmed, but I was inspired and full of anticipation for the next lesson. With the ongoing problems that I do have, the course is proving to give me something to hold onto to give me more meaning and worth in my life, which has proven itself in the following two lessons, and I’m thankful for that.
I learn better through practice, so I was eager today to put the skills we’ve been taught about into motion by teaming up with a partner to test ourselves. While I still have a long way to go, I find this aspect comfortable and I’m hoping I can keep learning the right techniques to become a better active listener.
I am feeling though, with what I do have to face on a daily basis, that there is some disillusionment at times and I generally get swept up into my own dark world of isolation. Eventually I will have to face that side of my life if I am prepared to carry on through to the following levels of the course, so maybe in a way it can partially be addressed in this arena.
Saying that, I feel confident in my ability to do the work and the skills I’ve already picked up or developed as I’ve been in the position of helping others, so I’m pleased to be in the position I’m in.