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Counselling The Benefits of Feedback

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback . I have found that there are a lot of benefits to giving and receiving feedback. I have learnt a lot quicker with the group’s feedback. Our tutor will throw a question out to the group and we all give feedback. Our tutor will also add to the feedback on areas we may have missed which is really helpful to me. It’s also very helpful for me when we are doing triad work.
I tend to see more mistakes being an observer than a listener or speaker which enables me to give positive and correct feedback to the others in the triad. I also found it helpful when I was not the observer, as after we have been doing a triad the observer will give me feedback which gives me a much clearer clarification of what I am doing. How this works is, when I am in conversation I am learning how to counsel, in a round about way. The observer is able to see my mistakes very easily and feedback to me where I have gone wrong. A good example of this is when I miss a good keyword I could have reflected on.

Describe the benefits of giving and receiving feedback for personal development

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback. Feedback can come from all areas in your life. I have feedback in my working life and I also give feedback in my working life. For example, I refer people with a substance misuse to rehabilitation centres across the UK. I will speak to the client in length for some time before I refer them making sure they are getting the correct help at the correct rehabilitation centre. Then the feed back starts. The referral centre will contact me to let me know how the conversation went and I will use this feedback to add to my notes. I will also get feedback to know when the client will be going to rehab and for how long. I need to know this for several reasons.
Firstly how much and when I will be paid, The length of time they are going in for so I can follow them up after rehab, The rehabilitation centre they are going to so as I can keep in contact with the clinic to make sure they are recovering from there addiction etc.
What are the benefits to feedback? The main benefit for me is, it has enabled me to become a much better listener as I am able to get so much more from a conversation this way. Again this I have learnt from my triad work. Being the listener in a triad situation to me is a very rewarding part.


I am so use to leading conversations which I felt was the best way to get the most out of them. I now realise listening is a much better place to be in conversation as you can feedback to the conversation much more clearly and precisely.
It’s also helpful to get feedback on my journal. This enables me to see where I have got things right and also where things might need correcting. Without feedback on my journal how would I ever know if I was on the right path.
So too summarise, feedback in a triad situation for me has been a great benefit to my learning as described above. Feedback has been a real help with my journal, it also plays a big part in my working life, relationship and my everyday life. It has enabled me to listen more which in turn enables me to give a more accurate feedback. This is something I was falling down on before. Listening was never my strong point, but now I understand good feedback can only really be achieved by good listening, it has really helped me want to listen.

Describing the benefits of giving and receiving feedback for personal development…

Just before exploring the benefits of feedback, it may be helpful first, to set the scene about personal development.

Personal development and growth seems to come from a combination of life experiences, personal endeavour and achievement, including the essential interactions with others. It is also enabled and enhanced through consciously increasing ones own self-awareness of own thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviours; based both on the past and what we might intend for the future. By growing our self-awareness we gain greater insight in where we might need to focus our personal development efforts.

A main way to increase self-awareness is from receiving constructive feedback from others on how our behaviours are perceived by them and what our behaviours may imply about ourselves in terms of motivation or attitude, values and beliefs. Sometimes it is important to understand, through feedback, how we impact others through our behaviour, what we say and how we say it. In this way, feedback on ourselves gives us the opportunity to consider whether we want to use the information towards our own personal growth.

Collecting feedback

It could be that by collecting feedback from a number of different people, a picture can be built about oneself through the shared views of others. This is like a consensus view of ones own attributes or weaknesses, of which previously we may not have been aware.

The benefits of giving and receiving feedback are considered within the context of the giver and receiver of the feedback. It means that the section on benefits of giving feedback is considered in terms of benefits to the giver of the feedback. Alternatively the section on benefits of receiving feedback is considered in terms of benefits to the receiver of the feedback.

Giving Feedback

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback. The process of giving “good” feedback relies upon commitment in the person giving it to be fully present when observing the person who is to receive the feedback. This can serve to grow the listener’s own practise and skills in listening, understanding and empathising with the observed person. It is therefore essential for someone training to be a counsellor to practise and develop their effectiveness at observing and giving feedback. It helps to grow themselves as people.

Giving feedback to colleagues in the workplace has the benefit of establishing the leader within the team. It can engender respect and openness upon which trust between team members who work together can be built.

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback. Regardless of the situation, if feedback is accompanied with “unconditional positive regard” (source: First Steps in Counselling, Ursula O’Farrell,1999), then the value of the feedback is further enhanced. It means that there is an inherent respect for the person’s worth as a person and his welfare. In this way the feedback given becomes open honest and constructive with the best interests f the person receiving it. We can think of it s a gift from on person to another.

In a helping relationship, giving feedback has the benefit of enabling the speaker to grow their own skills of listening, observation and practise in giving constructive feedback.

Benefits of Receiving Feedback

The benefits of receiving feedback, for the person receiving  it relates to the opportunity to understand and consider another viewpoint on themselves and decide if they want to act on it. The feedback can provide another perspective which helps the receiver understand themselves better through others and can help them to further develop.

In the workplace, many employers encourage the use of regular team feedback sessions in a one-to-one scenario, where individuals give and receive feedback to and from each other. The individuals can be peers or can be team member and their manager. Another approach which can be used either instead of, or in addition to the one-to-one method, is 360 degree, anonymous feedback questionnaires. This is where the person requiring the feedback, on their own leadership behaviours, for example, can request a survey from a number of respondents including managers peers and own staff. This can be a powerful way of gathering compelling feedback on own strengths and weakness, giving tangible direction and insights for the person’s own future personal development.

Steven Covey’s book

Steven Covey in his book “The Seven Habits of Successful People” talks about the need to “sharpen the saw” to work on ones own continuous improvement. While the context for this is very much about achievement in the workplace, Covey talks about the importance of pro-actively seeking feedback from others on ones own behaviours and performance as a basis for continuous improvement.

We can extend this idea to personal development, whether that is related to development of leadership, physical, intellectual, social, emotional or spiritual aspects and attributes of ourselves. It implies that by actively seeking out and considering feedback from others, we are able to derive great benefit from increasing self-awareness and a sense of direction for where we can look to grow.

Counselling The Benefits of Feedback. From our experience so far on the Counselling Skills course we have seen and learned for ourselves and from each other how feedback during the triad sessions can help us to further understand ourselves at a deeper level. This can form a basis, upon which to make decisions about our own future personal development. The benefits here are the receipt of direction and insight. Even something as simple as one carefully chosen word reflected back to the speaker, by the listener, has a powerful impact; like a mirror from where the speaker can more clearly see themselves and where they might choose to endeavour to grow.

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