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Building Counseling Skills: Developing Self-Awareness

presented by Rebecca Hunting Pompon, PhD

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Financial: Rebecca Hunting receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Rebecca Hunting has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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An essential component of developing counseling skills for allied health professionals is investment in developing self-awareness. Effective counseling requires self-awareness on the part of the clinician in order to avoid bias, and to be prepared for clinical situations. Dr. Hunting Pompon begins by explaining the relevance of self-awareness to counseling practice in clinical settings, and then uses practice scenarios to allow participants to practice looking inward at their own thoughts and feelings. Dr. Hunting Pompon also discusses the importance of genuineness and provides exercises to improve genuineness and self-awareness.

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Rebecca Hunting Pompon, PhD

Rebecca Hunting Pompon is a faculty member with the University of Delaware's Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She holds an MA. in counseling and a PhD in speech and hearing sciences. Her research explores the impact of chronic stress and other psychosocial factors on post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation. Rebecca trains clinicians in counseling skills and interpersonal…

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1. Why is Self-Awareness Important

In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Hunting Pompon begins the course by articulating the importance of clinician self-awareness in clinical practice. She then instructs participants on how to develop self-awareness through 10 self-questions, and how to examine thoughts and feelings about several practice scenarios.

2. Building Self-Awareness

In this chapter, Dr. Hunting Pompon discusses strategies for verbalizing the value of being genuine in interactions with patients. She also explores strategies for discovering how simple mindfulness exercises can increase clinician genuineness and self-awareness.

3. Panel Discussion

The final chapter of this course features a panel discussion with two practicing SLPs focusing on their experiences defining and utilizing self-awareness in their clinical practice.

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