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1 Therapeutic Communications Chapter 1 Human relation skills sometimes referred to as interpersonal skills are employed in both person and professional relationships. It includes verbal and nonverbal communication Technical skills (specialized) required to deliver and support professional medical care You must have a combination of the two. Human relation skills are translated into social and therapeutic communications when there is contact with persons seeking attention. Social communication requires nonspecific professional skills Ex/ Assisting an old man to remove his coat. Therapeutic professional communication requires specific well-defined professional skills. Ex/ Telling someone how to get ready for an operation. Therapeutic professional communication takes place between a person who has a specific need and a person who is skilled in techniques that can diminish that problem As in human relations skills however, how you feel about yourself can directly affect how successful you are in social and therapeutic communications Many influences. Genetic Influences – Even our gender influences perception Cultural Influences Economic Influences – Direct influence on perception Life Experiences Spiritual and Moral Values Models & Mentors –National Leaders, Parents, Teachers, Spiritual Guides. They can be positive or negative but are likely to have a powerful influence over a long period of time. Self awareness is being aware of oneself as an individual. It includes the beliefs a person has with respect to behavior. 2 It is the mental image of the self, and may be realistic or unrealistic It is also unchangeable and affected by each of the influences previously mentioned Self-awareness begins to form at a very early age and is well-established by the age of 6. While we cannot do much to change many of the things that influence our lives, we can recognize their presence, evaluate their effect and begin to initiate change as necessary. One way to do this is through self-assessment. The value of self-assessment is that it helps us determine who we are as seen by self and others. It is a tool to illustrate both positive and negative characteristics so that changes may be implemented. Each of us has three selves living within one body Ideal Self – The person we think we should be and would like to become. Public Self – How we want others to see us (Our reputation) Real Self – Inner, Natural self, authentic and spontaneous. In order to have positive self-acceptance, there must be a congruency between all three selves. All three must be balanced and there must be a good feeling about each dimension Communication is the sending and receiving of messages. Sometimes we are aware and sometimes we are not. We are however always sending and receiving them. 4 Basic elements involved in the communication cycle 1) Sender 2) Message & Channel or mode 3) A Receiver 4) 4) Feedback The sender begins the cycle be creating or encoding the message. Clear thought to send, choose words carefully. The message is the content being communicated. The 4 channels or modes of communication most pertinent in our everyday exchanges include 3 1) Speaking 2) Listening 3) Body Language 4) Writing These may also be characterized as verbal and nonverbal communications The Receiver - Must decode th
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