Directions for Transcript Analyses
In addition to transcribing your session, you are required to analyze your responses and determine: “What basic counseling skill (if any) was I using, and why?”
Examples of counseling skills includes listening, empathy, unconditional positive regard, open question and counselor self-Disclosure
Example...Client: I really thought this time my mother wouldn’t be drinking, you know. After the last time the family got together she promised that she wouldn’t and when I’d spoken to her lately she seemed sober. So, I was so surprised when we went over on Thanksgiving and she seemed half-in-the-bag already—it was only noon! I looked at my wife in shock and gave my mother a quick hug. My dad wouldn’t even look me in the eye; he just busied himself with getting folding chairs from the basement. About an hour later, I went in the kitchen for more potato chips and saw her drinking a dark drink with ice in it. I know my mom’s patterns; it must have been full of vodka and a little Pepsi. I started crying right there, I couldn’t even say anything. I just went to the closet, got my wife’s and my coat told my sister who was staring at me “I can’t take this shit I gotta go!” My wife looked embarrassed, but mostly sad for me when we were going out the door. I don’t know if I did the right thing, I just knew it hurt too much to stay there.
Therapist: It sounds like you were sad, and a little doubtful.
[I chose to go with a response of basic empathy because I wanted to have a short, yet caring response to his painful story in order to get him to go on.]
Client: Well, I am sad, but I’m not doubtful. In fact, now that I think about it, I’m feeling even more certain I did the right thing. She needs to know I won’t be around when she drinks and I know that there are some things I just can’t, and don’t have to, be around.
Required Textbooks and Articles
Hill, C.E. (2020). Helping skills: Facilitating exploration, insight, and action (5th ed). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. ISBN: 978-1433831379
Reading before class 2: Hill Chapters 1-9.