What matters most in the client and counsellor roles?
To clarify the question with a metaphor: being able to reverse a car is not sufficient enough for safe driving. In order to apply that reversing skill appropriately people need to be able to recognise critical situations such as a motorway, a cliff edge or cars coming from behind. The same is valid for co-counselling: applying co-counselling tools and skills require the client and counsellor to recognise some critical situations and to respond to them appropriately. Examples of these critical situations are losing the balance of attention as client, losing free attention as counsellor.
In other words, ‘What situations does a counsellor need to be able to recognise and skilfully deal with in order to function as a really supportive counsellor or co-worker?’, ‘What situations does a client need to be able to recognise and skilfully deal with in order to have a productive session?’
These questions are a rephrasing of the more technical worded questions: 'What session competencies does a client need to have in order to benefit from co-counselling in daily life?' ‘What competencies does a counsellor need to have in order to function as a really supportive counsellor or co-worker?’ These questions arose from Marjan Tuk and JPs article ‘Credibility, Accreditation and Certification’ on CoCoInfo.
My best hope for the conference is that we produce some results that can be given back to the community.
Together we will design the conference program so that we can inspire each other with what matters most to us in our client and counsellor roles.
The conference will take place the 6 May 2014 and Lilian Brzoska will host it in her house in Kirkcaldy, near Edinburgh.
Interested to attend? Contact
Lilian on 01592-566 865/ 077 6584 1583 or liliannakennedygmail[dot]com
JanPieter 0131-551 6146 or janpieterco-cornucopia[dot]org[dot]uk
Since 2011 we organise the McCoCo Conference the day after McCoCo so that its participants can easily attend as well, This will be the fourth one.
In 2011 the theme was What can we learn from 'Haus Kloppenburg' as a Co-Counselling Business Model?
In 2012: 'Empowerment and the Empowering the Client to be in Charge of the session.'
in 2013: 'Supporting the networking among co-counsellors', among others about CoCo Open Space
The McCoCo 2014 page