CNL 515 Week 5 Counseling Skills Scale Worksheet
Practicing Gentle Challenge: Video 2 (Obj. 5.7 and 5.8) CNL-515 ZOOM ASSIGNMENT
Part One: Informed Consent
Watch the videos in the topical resources that demonstrate counseling micro skills and the videos regarding using Zoom. Review the “Skills Video Best Practices” and the “Counseling Skills Scale: Video 2” documents prior to recording your video. Take note of the specific skills in each area as you prepare to record your video.
Ask a volunteer to let you practice with them. Once they have agreed, have them complete the attached “Counseling Informed Consent Form-Volunteer” Form. Make sure the volunteer initials each section and signs and dates the form. The form must be completed and in your hand prior to recording any sessions with the volunteer.
*Important Note: Only adults can be used as volunteers. The volunteer must present a mock problem for you to practice the skills. Please confirm the session is a mock session. The adult can pretend to be a child in the fictional scenario. This session is to practice basic skills which will build upon as you work towards practicum and internship experience with real scenarios. Focus on the skills development rather than resolving the client’s concern.
Part Two: Record a Video Session Using Zoom
Video record this “session” with your volunteer using Zoom.
To record to your local computer, follow the instructions below:
- Start a meeting as the host.
- Click on the “Record” button in the Zoom toolbar.
- Select “Record on this Computer” to begin recording.
- To stop recording, click “Pause/Stop Recording” or “End Meeting.”
Once the recording has stopped, the recording must be processed before viewing or accessing it. You can locate the MP4 video file recording in a Zoom folder following the path below for these devices:
PC: C:\Users\User Name\Documents\Zoom
Mac: /Users/User Name/Documents/Zoom
This video should be between 10-15 minutes in length. In this video, you will be practicing the skills learned in Topic 1-5. In addition to the skills practiced in the first video skills demonstration assignment, make sure you use the problem identification skills to clarify the problem. Throughout the session, you will be paying attention to discrepancies your client may be presenting. The discrepancy may be between what the client is saying and their presented behavior, it may also be a discrepancy between their identified values, beliefs and current behavior.
A client may also present a discrepancy between abilities they identify and their identified problem. This information may not be evident; therefore, you may use open-ended questions to invite the client to share more about values, beliefs, abilities and other qualities of life which are important. For example, a client may share providing for his or her family is an important value; however, the client has missed several days of work due to alcohol use.
Another example is a client who has demonstrated an ability of making friends easily in the past yet is afraid to ask a coworker to lunch to create a better working relationship. A student may identify playing football is important, yet he refuses to quit smoking cigarettes after school. Gently challenge the client to consider different perspectives, or potential changes which may be beneficial to the client. Help the client identify any irrational beliefs or thoughts which may be affecting emotions or intensifying the problem. For example, what messages does the client say to themselves which may influence the problem? End the session by summarizing the information leading to preparing for the next session.
Your job is to do the following:
- Demonstrate ability to welcome the client and begin the process of developing rapport.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively review informed consent.
- Demonstrate the ability to use open-ended questions to learn more about the problem and to move the session forward.
- Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal empathetic listening skills (meaning and emotions).
- Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal active listening skills.
- Demonstrate SOLER skills.
- Demonstrate the ability to challenge the client in a caring way, including identification of blind spots.
- Demonstrate the ability to point out discrepancies between the client’s values, abilities, strengths and what their current problem or behavior is they are experiencing.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and gently challenge distorted and/or irrational beliefs or thoughts.
- Demonstrate ability to close session with a summary and preparation for the next session.
Part Three: Counseling Skills Scale Reflection
Complete and submit the “Counseling Skills Scale: Video 2” document by evaluating the skills you demonstrated in the video. Review each of the skills and provide a few specific examples of each skill in the comments section. Make sure to complete Part 2 of the Skills scale document to provide a narrative review of strengths and areas of growth. Make sure to add a link to the recorded Zoom session before submitting this document. In addition, submit a completed copy of the “Counseling Informed Consent Form-Volunteer” form.
This assignment is informed by the following CACREP Standards:
2.F.5.f. Counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence the counseling process.
2.F.5.g. Essential interviewing, counseling, and case conceptualization skills.