INTRODUCTION TO PODCASTS
Podcasts have become increasingly popular in recent years and as a result, it means specific niches are becoming defined with more indepth conversation occurring around each niche.
In this post, we’re specifically focusing on counseling podcasts.
If you’re wondering whether listening to podcasts has any benefits for you, read below:
- Podcasts are a great way to fill time. Therefore they are great for commuting to work or long distance trips.
- Podcasts are good to listen to when exercising or doing household tasks.
- Podcasts allow you to curate your own business and personal mentors by picking and choosing podcasts topics that benefit your personal growth.
- Podcasts are educational. Some universities deliver free audio lectures through podcasting.
- Podcasts allow you to focus on specific areas that you want to learn about or improve in your life.
- Podcasts are portable and can be listened to anywhere. You can either access them via the internet or download them to listen to offline.
- Podcasts are free
Most podcasts will follow a typical structure. This means a podcast could be information driven, be a direct interview, or host a roundtable discussion for example.
Some of the most popular podcast types are below:
- Educational podcast – these podcasts are usually presented in a format that’s similar to a lecture style. These podcasts are more formal in nature.
- Solo – this podcast is presented by a single host. The content is usually casual and may include regular topics that the host covers in each podcast.
- Direct interview podcast – features a regular host interviewing a guest on their expert topic
- Multi-host podcast – this podcast is hosted by a few regular hosts who contribute to regular topics of the podcast. This podcast is a more conversational podcast.
- Round Table – this podcast has a panel of members which can be a collection of regular and guest contributors. The round table usually focuses on a specific topic for that podcast.
- Narrative – these podcasts are more focused on telling a story. For counseling podcasts, this might be based on providing case study type content where the listener is guided through understanding a topic using a combination of educational and story-telling content.
HOW TO LISTEN TO PODCASTS
Podcasting is primarily an audio medium, therefore, you will need to use a device that can transmit audio. You can listen to podcasts by using a podcasting app on your smartphone or tablet. Most podcasters also make episodes available on their website also so that you can listen to podcasts on your computer through your browser if you prefer.
Below is a list (alphabetical order) of some of the most popular podcast apps and delivery services. Most apps are free, however, some offer optional upgrades for a fee to unlock additional features:
10 USEFUL COUNSELING PODCASTS
Below is a list of 10 Counseling podcasts, along with a recommended episode from each podcast to get you started.
- Australia Counselling SUGGESTED EPISODE: Top 10 Australia Counselling Podcasts of All Time
- Counselling Tutor SUGGESTED EPISODE: Empathy in Counselling
- Counselor Toolbox SUGGESTED EPISODE: Best Practices in Anxiety Treatment
- Shrink Rap Radio SUGGESTED EPISODE: The Hidden Psychology of Pain
- Esther Perel SUGGESTED EPISODE: Trauma Doesn’t Like to be Touched
- Therapy Chat SUGGESTED EPISODE: When your partner doesn’t understand trauma
- Brighter Vision SUGGESTED EPISODE: Using Referral Marketing to Grow a Practice to a Waitlist in 6 Weeks
- Social Work Podcast SUGGESTED EPISODE: Self-care for Social Workers
- The Thoughtful Counselor SUGGESTED EPISODE: Self-care, Burnout and the Way Forward
- The John Clarkecast SUGGESTED EPISODE: How to automate your practice
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