Chapter 8: Therapist Competencies and Counselling Skills

Learning Objectives

This chapter considers a number of practice considerations, from before the first session, through using questions and making an assessment, contracting, the early stages of the relationship, goal-setting and reviewing, to post-therapy. 

Reflection Questions

  • How would you achieve a safe, appropriate and ethical therapeutic relationship? 
  • What are some of the key challenges in the therapeutic relationship? 
  • How can these be managed effectively and ethically with clients?

With these questions in mind, watch the following videos:

Mick Cooper discusses approaches to the initial sessions with a new client

Mick Cooper discusses how to make endings useful and create a sense of closure with clients

Tim Bond discusses the limits of confidentiality

Tim Bond discusses child protection and confidentiality

Scenarios to illustrate the limits of confidentiality

Scenarios to illustrate child protection and confidentiality