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Abstract

Chapter 20. When personal life affects professional life - and when professional life has an effect on personal life - employees can become vulnerable and psychological distress can occur. This is when personal development is necessary. Counselling is a way of providing people with the means to help themselves. It aims, in a confidential environment, to help someone see their present situation more clearly and understand fully how they feel about it; in particular to help them grow, change and become more fully functioning. This chapter examines how counselling may enhance personal development. It differentiates between counselling at work and the utilisation of counselling skills and examines the historical development of counselling in the workplace, in particular looking at how the Egan model helps the counselling process. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to: (1) explore personal development at work; (2) differentiate between counselling skills and counselling at work; (3) discuss the historical development of counselling in the workplace; (4) justify the applications of counselling in the workplace; (5) explain the Egan model of counselling and how it might link to the workplace; (6) describe how counselling welfare might be provided within organisations; and (7) suggest ways in which counselling welfare might be evaluated within organisations.

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Chapter 20. When personal life affects professional life - and when professional life has an effect on personal life - employees can become vulnerable and psychological distress can occur. This is when personal development is necessary. Counselling is a way of providing people with the means to help themselves. It aims, in a confidential environment, to help someone see their present situation more clearly and understand fully how they feel about it; in particular to help them grow, change and become more fully functioning. This chapter examines how counselling may enhance personal development. It differentiates between counselling at work and the utilisation of counselling skills and examines the historical development of counselling in the workplace, in particular looking at how the Egan model helps the counselling process. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to: (1) explore personal development at work; (2) differentiate between counselling skills and counselling at work; (3) discuss the historical development of counselling in the workplace; (4) justify the applications of counselling in the workplace; (5) explain the Egan model of counselling and how it might link to the workplace; (6) describe how counselling welfare might be provided within organisations; and (7) suggest ways in which counselling welfare might be evaluated within organisations.

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