Setting the Scene
|Preparing to Welcome a Group|
There are a number of areas which are important in setting the scene for meeting with clients. These include: creating a space for positive social engagement; the physical environment, a supportive atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation.
Social - The social climate should be one of respect so as to enhance the client’s self-esteem and help build their confidence. It should facilitate empathic listening to the client’s concerns and hopes.
Physical - We need to create a comfortable environment which is welcoming, warm, private and quiet.
Supportive - The guidance climate should support the client in recognising their strengths and areas for development.
Cooperative - The guidance process is a cooperative enterprise between client and guidance counsellor in a climate which draws upon the knowledge they both bring to the guidance session.