TR II Activity 2 Silence

TR II Activity 2 Silence

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  • Of course! please have a seat. It was a very unique experience and was a bit overwhelming too.  
  • Hi Christine. I was wondering if I could chat with you about your experience as a counselor on our activity at TRII this week ?
  • I learned how challenging it is to use silence as a communication tool when you are not familiar with it. It may feel unnatural at times, however, it allows the client to take control of the situation. 
  • Tell me more about it. I will be taking TRII in a few semester and I'm really interested hearing about your experience.  
  • That sounds difficult especially for someone like us who are used to giving advices.
  •   That was my worry too but the more I learned about silence in a helping session, the deeper my understanding had become. Let me explain.....
  • Oftentimes, the use of silence in a helping setting is much more effective than speaking (Smith, 2018). This suggests that silence is a powerful communication tool that encourages helpers to truly listen to what is being said. This gesture conveys empathy and confirm to the client that they are being heard and valued.
  • Silence does not only provide a sens of comfort to the client but also enables the helpers to identify the core message as well as any blind spots. It provides the helper a clear view of the client's problem, therefore, creating opportunities for resolution (Lickerman, 2009). In addition, it aids us to self-reflect and truly understand our client's circumstances.
  • By: Christine Sydorko
  • References: Lickerman, A. (2009). The Effective Use of Silence. Psychology Today. Retrieved from us/blog/happiness-in-world/200912/ the-effective-use-silence Smith, K. (2018). Silence: The secret Communication Tool. Psych Central. Retrieved from blog/silence-the-secret-communication-tool/ 
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