is the
therapist’s duty of care to maintain specific policies and guidelines about
confidentiality of vulnerable adults and children they work with BACP (2013).
In our organisation, the support workers have responsibility as stipulated in
our policies and procedures (Dimensions Policies & Procedures). Kottler
says that, humanistic therapists seek to foster ‘intimate’ relationships with
their clients because he believes that, the sexual connection will bring
therapeutic change for their clients. (Kottler, 1993, p3) and another writer,
Thorne (1987) states that having a sexual relationship with her client made her
to discover the high level of genuineness, acceptance and empathy in which
understanding is complete. Arguably (Rusell, 1993) suggests that it is sad that
some therapists do abuse their power to exploit their clients. I agree with
Rusell, because vulnerable clients need our protection therefore, the professional
in this case is the therapist who should be a protector. (The British
Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, 2010, p7) stipulates that
practitioners are prohibited from using their client’s trust for them to gain
emotional, financial or sexual relations.

 

Boundaries
are clearly set and the client as well as the therapist are both aware of these
boundaries at the beginning of relationship when a contract is set up. An
assessment is done to determine the resources and timeframe required, then a
contract is then negotiated and formed with an agreement clearly stipulating
both the client and counsellor’s responsibilities, Culley & Bond (2011). It
is the duty of the therapist to refer clients to someone else if they are not
specialised in the kind of counselling required. Building rapport is achieved
by skills such as attending, active listening, paraphrasing combined with
reflecting, use of open questions and summarising, Bond (1989).This applies to
my practice and clients are allocated some key workers who work closely with
them and they build relations which helps the support worker to know the client
more so that personal care needs are met.

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Although l am not a trained therapist l use some
aspects of counselling in my place of work. (See Appendix 1 -Video). On the 20th
of September 2017 at 11.10 am l demonstrated a few of the skills that l had
learnt in class the previous week. I created a warm clear private and
confidential environment as suggested by Burgoon (1994) that attractive rooms
create feelings of well-being which may be conducive and good for communication
as well as being an important component of strategic thinking. Burgoon adds
that the use of furniture can act as a barrier and a client and counsellor
should not sit like a doctor who sits at the end of a big desk making their
patient feel very small and unimportant. I applied the SOLER sitting position
as suggested by Egan (2002) that sitting 45 degrees with an open posture, and
leaning forward is war

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