HIV/AIDS

Updated 24 June 2014

The eight commandments of emotional support

Pierre Brouard's eight commandments of emotional support can be applied by HIV/Aids counsellors.

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The eight commandments of emotional support - by Pierre Brouard
  1. Be non-judgemental
  2. Be empathetic
  3. Don’t give advice
  4. Don’t ask why
  5. Don’t take responsibility for the other person’s problems
  6. Don’t interpret
  7. Stick with the here and now
  8. Deal with feelings first
 

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

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