The literacy session was a lot more insightful for me. What was uncovered for me in this session was just how much literacy is a part of the counselling process. It turns out that as a counsellor improving literacy is incredibly important to students being able to understand their own thinking and being able to clearly and concisely articulate their thoughts. Often when students come for counselling they struggle to communicate how they are feeling frequently because they lack the words to describe their feelings. More often than not students do not know the correct meanings associated with a range of words used to describe feelings and emotions. This can be problematic if I am trying to work therapeutically with a student as their is a risk of incorrectly describing or identifying particular feelings which can create confusion for the student.
One way of working with students to improve their literacy in relation to counselling is to use flashcards that visually articulate a range of emotions or feelings with the appropriate word. Another method is to encourage a student to draw pictures that represent how they are feeling then work with them to add words that describe their picture.
I am also investigating other tools available that can be use therapeutically and support increase levels of literacy for the young people I am working with.