Why studying in the classroom is a better way to learn counselling skills Thanks to the availability of information spanning a range of topics on the internet, it’s never been easier to learn new things. You might think then that the days of classroom learning are quickly becoming old fashioned, and to an extent you might be right. Why travel to study in a classroom in an age where working from home is becoming more common? One exception to this trend is when we think about jobs that require us to interact with other people face-to-face. In other words, when learning interpersonal skills is fundamental to what we want to do. Arguably the best example of a job where interpersonal skills are vital is counselling. Clients rely on counsellors to listen to them, understand the issue at heart, communicate effectively, and help them address the issue. Sometimes this means being compassionate and empathetic, but it can at times mean counsellors challenge clients in a supportive and constructive way. Being able to recognise which approach is most appropriate is a skill in and of itself, and, like a lot of the skills needed to be an effective counsellor, one that is hard to learn from a textbook.
- Written by Annemi Olivier
- Published: 17 Feb 2017
- What can’t I learn from lectures and readings?
- Why is it better to learn around others?
- Why is it especially important for counselling?
- What are the long-term benefits of classroom learning?