Counselling is Not: Giving advice. Judgemental. Attempting to sort out the problems of the client. Expecting or encouraging a client to behave in a way in which the counsellor may have behaved when confronted with a similar problem in their own life. Getting emotionally involved with the client. Looking at a client's problems from your own perspective, based on your own value system.
Picture Exchange Communication System. Designed by a psychologist and an SLP, PECS is based in the behavioral framework of BL Skinner. Very commonly observed in educational settings. Can be a good place to start
Back to back drawing game: You and your client sit back to back. One of you draws a picture, then help the other person draw the picture without telling you what it is. Among the obvious communication skills you are practicing, this is also a great self-awareness activity as your client has to be aware of what they draw to be able to explain their drawing to the other person, knowing their and your limitations.
This is a FREE Home/School Communication Log that I created for a teacher, which is ideal for a special education classroom. It has room for a lot of information, however it can be edited/changed to include less or other information as needed.
Take a look at the highlights in Essential Communication Skills: What is Communication? Why Communication Goes Astray; Nonverbal Communication; Perceptions in Communication; Perception Checks; Listening is Challenging; Develop Good Listening Habits; Creating Positive Communication Climates; Types of Messages; Passive-Aggressive Behavior; Coping with Conflict; Communication in Relationships; Making Relationships Work; and Written Communication.
Very basic black and white worksheet to have students/clients begin thinking about trust. What does trust mean? Why is it important? Excellent discussion starter, or lead into journal entries about trust issues with others. Focus on: -social skills -personal relationships -communication skills -trust and trust issues (From "The Farming Hippy's Teaching Toolbox")