Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Transitions can be fun

I started another new class in my program called Transitions. The instructor is really wonderful - he's so approachable and keeps the class engaged at all times. The class is so much fun and as always, there's a lot of self-reflection and experiential learning that occurs which will help us be more empathetic as counsellors.

Yesterday, we learned another tool to use with our clients - the timeline exercise - which I really enjoyed doing because it allowed me to see where I've been, my accomplishments (both good and bad) and where I'd like to work towards. It was interesting to hear how other students reacted to this exercise. Some people found it to be a very emotional experience as they reflected back on their lives while others were met it with some resistance as they didn't feel the need to rehash things that they'd already laid to rest. We could write as little or as much as we wanted and use as much creativity as we pleased to create them so it was a nice change of pace to be able to put pen to paper.

The instructor gave us insight as to when the exercise might be appropriate for clients (for e.g. once an ACEC assessment has been performed but not during Common Assessment), in what settings (group vs. individual) and how we could use this tool to generate more information with our clients (such as discovering patterns and reviewing why certain items were milestones).

Today, we worked in groups and did presentations in the afternoon on a theory we're learning. There's a larger presentation due on Monday plus two individual papers to complete. I'm looking forward to doing the papers. This is one of my favorite parts of the program and has always been - even during my University days.

Tomorrow evening, I'm attending an event featuring alumni from the program I'm in who'll be sharing information about the career counselling field and where they fit into it. Should be interesting!

Hope you're having a nice week. It's a short one. I like that. I like that a lot. :)

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