Microskills Application in Counseling

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Microskills: Application
Within this paper, I will discuss and analyze examples of counseling microskill applications
The microskills demonstrations that will be discussed include attending behavior, encouraging, paraphrasing, and reflection of feeling. This paper will also discuss why these examples appear to be effective within the given scenario.
Attending Behaviors
Attending behaviors demonstrate care and interest in the client through body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, eye contact and attention to the topic at hand (Ivey, A. Ivey, Zalaquett, & Quirk, 2012). This is demonstrated quite well by the first counseling demonstration with a married couple, Aaron and Robin, and their adolescent daughter, Michelle. The counselor conveys warmth and care with good eye contact with each person, a relaxed but attentive posture, and good use of gestures throughout the session. His presence indicates concern and empathy.
Encouraging
Encouraging behaviors are used to help the client continue talking and elaborate on the topic at hand. Encouraging behaviors include verbal and non-verbal cues from the counselor. Verbal encouragement can be as simple as a verbal utterance such as, “uh-huh” or a restatement with the tone of a question such as, “So you were really angry” (Ivey, A. Ivey, Zalaquett, & Quirk, 2012). The counselor meeting with Aaron, Robin and Michelle does this very effectively, throughout the session (Laureate Education, 2010). He says, “uh-huh” and “yes” multiple times along with open gestures that seem to be an invitation to open up and continue. They are very nuanced but seem very effective in keeping the conversation moving forward.
Paraphrasing with Check In
Paraphrasing in an active listening skill in which the counselor reflects back, with empathy and openness, what the client has said, in the counselor’s own words…...

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