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Issue 327 // Institute Inbrief
Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to Edition 327 of Institute Inbrief! In this edition's featured article we celebrate our readers (you) by showcasing our top 10 most popular articles of 2019
. Topics include addictions, relationships, therapeutic approaches, loss/grief, and much more. 

Also in this edition:
  1. 2020 Intake: Bachelor and Master of Counselling
  2. The Benefits of Intentional Daydreaming
  3. Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing
  4. Lying: Life Skill or Lousy Habit?
  5. Quotations, Seminar Timetables & More!

Enjoy your reading!

AIPC Team. 
Diploma of Counselling
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Our Diploma of Counselling is a journey of self-discovery, providing deep insight into why you think and behave as you do. And when you graduate, you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in counselling – employed or self-employed – enjoying our strong industry reputation and linkage.

As a Counsellor you will:
  1. Be truly passionate about what you do.
  2. Help people every day overcome challenges and lead better lives.
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2020 Intake: Bachelor and Master of Counselling
Have you started thinking about study this year? 

Our Semester 1, 2020 intake is now open for the Bachelor of Counselling and Master of Counselling.
As places in our 2020 intake are strictly limited, we ask that you express your interest early.
The programs are both government FEE-HELP approved, so you can learn now and pay later.
Some unique features of the programs include:
  1. [Master] Receive up to 6-months credit for prior Counselling studies
  2. [Bachelor] Affordable, high quality tertiary education
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  5. Start with just 1 subject
  6. Online learning portal with all study materials, readings and video lectures

You can learn more about the programs here:

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As applications always exceed available places, we urge you to submit your obligation free expression of interest now.
2019 In Review: Our Top 10 Articles
We're looking back at the most popular articles we published last year.   

In 2019 over 375,000 avid readers visited our official blog, Counselling Connection. To celebrate each and every one of them (including you), we're taking a peek at the rearview mirror and showcasing our top 10 most popular articles of the year. 

We hope you enjoy your reading as we work our way down from 10th place through to last year's most popular piece...

#10: Counselling: From Resistance to Acceptance

Your 39-year-old female client seats herself and looks at you with frustration. It’s been many months now since she was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition, but she just can’t accept it; life is becoming impossible. Your 20-something male client suffered a relational breakup seven months ago; this was his “love of my life” and he can’t get over it. He feels completely stuck and keeps coming to session with different plans for contacting his former girlfriend, who has persistently declined to meet up. He just doesn’t get that it’s over. 
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#9: Intention to Realisation: Working with Will

The holidays are finished, the relatives have gone home, and your clients are trickling back in, many of them armed with an awesome set of resolutions for what they plan to accomplish. A brand new year is like a clean slate: hopeful, invigorating and full of promise. But the road to realisation of goals is littered with the carcasses of broken dreams, unfulfilled promises, and intentions that died stillborn because they did not receive the “oxygen” of the client’s will to sustain them. How can you help the client make that different this year? 
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#8: Working with Angst in Counselling

What do you say to a client whose presenting issue is deep angst over the question of relationship? Whether the person is in a primary relationship and deeply unhappy, questioning whether to stay or to go, or the person longs for that primary relationship in order to feel happy and fulfilled, the issue is a profoundly unsettling one to those caught up in it. How are we, as mental health professionals, to be with clients’ inner conflicts of the partnering kind? What should our clients know when considering whether to enter – or to leave – a relationship? And how can we know if their impulse toward partnering or toward singlehood is healthy or not for them? 
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#7: Narrative Therapy for Aboriginal Clients

At the heart of narrative therapy – and the crucial aspect distinguishing it from more empirically-based therapies (such as CBT) – is the question of how we can know reality. Empiricism tells us that there a single “truth” waiting for us to discover it. Narrative therapists, on the other hand, recognise that the operative word is “realities”, as individuals, families, and cultures each come to create their own. 
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#6: Why Counsellors Need Mental Health Therapy

Have you ever sat in session, listening to your client explain why they were angsty over some issue, only to find that you experienced a rising panic and sense of helplessness – because you, too, were dealing with the same issue? Have you ever finished a session with a deeply depressed client, only to find that you then felt very down, even though you were ok before the session? Both of these examples constitute sound reasons to engage a consummately helpful yet infrequently discussed aspect of professional self-care: that of therapy for the therapist. Carl Jung suggested that “a good half of every treatment that probes at all deeply consists in the doctor’s examining himself, for only what he can put right in himself can he hope to put right in the patient”. 
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#5: Manipulation: Recognising and Responding to It

You know the feeling. The person seems to be making a reasonable request, or advising you to do something “for your own good”, but inside your guts are completely churned up! What’s going on? The chances are that you are experiencing an attempt to manipulate you. Sadly, manipulation is rife in the real world and it is hard to resist: meaning that you are unlikely to be in practice too long before a client presents in some angst because they have just fallen prey to manipulatory tactics. 
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#4: Intimacy, Spirituality and Counselling

INTIMACY! Ok, now that we have your attention . . . let’s try another cue: SPIRITUALITY! And now, we’d like to know: what was the difference in your reaction to the two words? For many, intimacy conjures up juicy images of sexual trysts with the mythically perfect lover: one who attends to our every need while having none of their own: the perfectly accommodating partner who blends with our every sensual impulse to create a blissful togetherness. Notions of spirituality, meanwhile, are often iconically depicted as the lone meditating figure in lotus posture: the hermit questing for divine ecstasy in a solitary and impossibly disciplined journey that could not be further from the sensual pleasure of intimacy. 
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#3: Compliments: Helping Clients Receive Them

You hand your friend the beautifully wrapped gift. In delight, your dear one excitedly strips off the bow and wrapping, lifts the box, and then says in a crestfallen voice, “I can’t wear wool; it makes me itch. Here, you can have it back.” Can you imagine how deflated and hurt you would feel if this happened to you? Yet so many of us – including our clients – have tremendous difficulty receiving the verbal gift of a compliment, and we metaphorically hand it back to the giver. Clients may be particularly vulnerable to doing this, as they are likely to be coming for therapy because they are already troubled about something which keeps them from fully enjoying life – and the same issues with shame, guilt, self-esteem or other problems that propel them to therapy are also likely to be causing issues with receiving (and possibly giving) accolades. 
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#2: Digital Self-harm and Adolescent Angst

Digital self-harm (also called self-trolling, self-cyberbullying, and cyber self-harm) can be defined as “the anonymous online posting, sending, or otherwise sharing of hurtful content about oneself”. It gained global attention in August of 2013 when fourteen-year-old Hannah Smith from England hanged herself, having been reportedly harassed online for months prior to her death. Her bereaved father asked for an investigation of the cyberbullying that apparently drove her to suicide. The shocking finding of the investigators was that Hannah herself had posted the cruel messages on social media. 
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#1: Expectations and Goals in Clinical Supervision

What are your expectations about what will happen in your clinical supervision, and what you will get from it? Are you able to identify your greatest needs to meet in the process? How do you name the short-, medium-, and long-range goals that you will attempt to achieve in supervision? These questions are important to answer, and fortunately you do not have to consider them alone.
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The Benefits of Intentional Daydreaming

It is a world that – despite the myriad digital and other distractions – is asking us increasingly to concentrate so that we will get better “results”. In this brave, new-ish world of achievement, productivity, and staying on track, the watchword has been “focus”, and “spacing out” or daydreaming has become an even more shameful activity than it used to be. But change is in the wind. Psychologists and neuroscientists have recently been coming together to help us understand new discoveries about how the brain works, and it turns out that, yes, daydreaming is sometimes bad for us, and even dangerous (think air traffic controllers or surgeons zoning out on the job), but also, there is a type of daydreaming that helps us to be our innovative best. 

Principles and Techniques of Motivational Interviewing

If you have even a small track record of helping people change, you are familiar with the dynamics regarding change: client presents with problem (often precipitated by a crisis), becomes aware of compelling reasons to adopt a healthier lifestyle or cease harmful behaviours, and then hems and haws, straddling the fence with incomprehensible ambivalence. Persuading the client with logic, browbeating them by outlining dire consequences if behaviour is not immediately changed, pulling rank as “the expert”, or even describing in glowing terms the wonderful life they can have if they adopt the good advice often come – frustratingly and bewilderingly – to nothing. 


More articles: www.aipc.net.au/articles

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Have you visited Counselling Connection yet? Our official blog has over 540 posts counselling, psychology, self-growth, and more! Make sure you too get connected. Below is a link to one of our popular blog posts.

Lying: Life Skill or Lousy Habit?

Johnny sings a song to his mum and asks her how well she thought he sang. In reality, Mum likens Johnny’s voice to, as Simon Cowell once said of a talent show participant, “the sound a cat makes after it falls off the roof before it hits the ground”. Does Mum say this to Johnny, or does she lie and say he has a great voice? Sarah comes in late and her husband demands to know where she’s been. Sarah has just spent several thousand dollars on new clothes, none of which her husband will believe she needs as he gazes into her overstuffed wardrobe of sartorial choices. Does she tell the truth to him?


More posts: www.counsellingconnection.com
"Emptiness is the starting point. In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all your preconceived and fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is useful? Because it is empty."

~ Bruce Lee
Many students of the Diploma of Counselling attend seminars to complete the practical requirements of their course. Seminars provide an ideal opportunity to network with other students and liaise with qualified counselling professionals in conjunction with completing compulsory coursework.
Seminar topics include:
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  2. Communication Skills I
  3. Communication Skills II
  4. Counselling Therapies I
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  6. Legal & Ethical Frameworks
  7. Brief Interventions and Loss & Grief Support
  8. Individualised Support and Working with Mental Health
  9. Advanced Counselling Techniques

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