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Bonnie Counselling Session Reflection

Bonnie Counselling Session Reflection

Assessment 3: Role Play of a Counselling Session and Written Reflection (50%)

Due Date: Refer to the specific dates below for each assessment component

This assessment builds on your theoretical knowledge and aims to put that theoretical learning into application.

Working together in groups of 2, each student must present a recorded skills demonstration of a counselling session. It is then submitted with a written reflective essay reporting on the students’ reflections on the session. The main criteria include:

Video recording of the role play: (20%)

  • Format will be addressed in tutorials.
  • Length of recording: 15-20 minutes
  • To be uploaded to the student’s OneDrive account (accessible through your student email account), with the video link provided in your written reflective essay
  • Due in Week 10

Written reflective essay: (30%)

Word Count: 2000 – 2200

Students are required to submit a written analysis of their role play, with the following:

  • Describe and explain how your role play followed Egan’s framework and achieved a person-centred approach. Provide examples from your role play to illustrate your comments.
  • Describe and give examples of the counselling skills you used in your role play (using Egan’s correct terms)
  • Explain how you collaborated with the client to set goal/s and what goal/s you set
  • Critically evaluate how you performed as the counsellor. What strengths and limitations did you observed? Where did you struggle and what impact did this have on the process of the session? What could you have done differently?
  • Due in Week 11

 Use APA 7 referencing. Your reflective essay should include at least 8 (scholarly) journal articles read and/or textbook references. The format of your essay will be discussed in greater detail during tutorials.

Do NOT utilise sources such as and other such web materials as these in no way constitute academic references for the purpose of your assignments. If you rely on such sources for theoretical support, you will be deemed NOT to have met the requirements of the assessment.Case Study
Background
Bonnie is the eldest of two children with a sister 2 years younger. Bonnie has grown up in a happy, middle-class home. Her father is a building contractor and her mother works in a bank. Her parents are happily married and have always been quite supportive of her. At the time of her first appointment, Bonnie was a 15-year-old white girl in the 9th grade.
Interview
At the start of the interview, Bonnie states that her problem is that she gets nervous about everything, particularly things at school, doing anything new and a fear of social situations. When asked to give an example, Bonnie says that she is very fearful of situations such as eating in public, using public restrooms, being in crowded places and meeting new people. She claims that she will almost always try to avoid these situations. At school, Bonnie reports fear and avoidance of such activities as speaking up in class, writing on the white board and talking to her teachers. Although she is very good at playing the flute, she has dropped out of the school band because of her anxiety over participating in band performances.

In addition to anxiety about talking to teachers, she reports a fear of talking to unfamiliar adults such as shop assistants. In fact, Bonnie says that she will never answer the phone at home. She is also very hesitant to use the phone when she has to interact with strangers to do such things as ask for information or order pizza. In most of these situations, Bonnie says that her fear and avoidance are related to her worry that she might say the wrong thing or she does not know what to say or do and she thinks this will lead others to think badly of her. Quite often, her fear of these situations is so intense that she would experience a full-blown panic attack. Bonnie also reports getting headaches and stomach aches when she is anticipating a situation that she finds difficult.

Despite her problems with anxiety, Bonnie has two or three close friends and a number of acquaintances. Her parents say that Bonnie could always make friends; she just would never make the first move. Bonnie prefers to spend time with her close friends with whom she feels safe because they are also extremely shy. Each day at school, the group eats lunch together apart from the other students between classes.

Bonnie’s grades at school were usually in the mid-range. Her parents said that Bonnie achieved these grades with little effort. Interestingly, while Bonnie was often quite fearful of school, she had not missed many days over the past school years. Her parents noted that Bonnie always had stomach aches before school, but that she never asked to stay home.

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