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Humanistic Approach Communication Skills: Use of Silence, Paraphrasing, Reflecting, and Supportive Body Language

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This article discusses the communication skills that underpin the humanistic approach, including the use of silence, paraphrasing, reflecting, and supportive body language. These skills can help practitioners interact with service users in a safe and non-judgmental environment, allowing them to identify their feelings, clarify their thoughts, and feel empowered to address their issues.
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Skills of Humanistic Approach.It is not enough to understand the principle of the humanistic approach, if youcan’t then apply these principles to real life situations. We do this thoughcommunication skills underpinning the humanistic approach.There are many humanistic communication skills you can use wheninteracting with a service user-we will concentrate on 4:Use of SilenceParaphrasingReflectingSupportive Body LanguageUse of SilenceAs a practitioner the use of silence can be a very powerful tool for thefollowing reasons:Can give the person time to think and collect their thoughts,Enables the person to reflect back on what they have just said,Allows the person space to consider their next words,Enables the person to calm down if stressed or angry,Allows the person time to think about how they feel.It can be difficult to hold back-often we feelcompelled to fill a silence, but that reducesthe therapeutic impact of this technique.From a humanistic view point, silence communicates a non-judgemental,open approach. It can be useful at important points in the discussion,counselling or therapeutic session.If you initiate a silence you are not communicating that you don’t care, you aregiving the person time and space in a safe atmosphere. If you initiate asilence, it is the service user who should then be the one to fill this and directwhere the conversation is going.Think of therapeutic situations when silence would be appropriate:
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