Analysis Of Nondirective Attitudes In Social Work

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In the article, The nondirective attitude in client-centered practice: A few questions, Kathryn Moon and Bert Rice discuss client-centered or person-centered therapy, which was developed by Carl Rogers. They describe the basis of client-centered therapy, along with some issues that can arise with this therapy. They focus on the main issue of influence and power over clients. The article begins by describing a therapist with a nondirective attitude towards their clients. The nondirective attitude allows a therapist to create an open and inviting environment for clients, while preserving the client’s freedoms (Moon & Rice, 2012). In this mindset, which coincides with person-centered therapy, a therapist is allowing the client to choose the path…show more content…
Person-centered therapy is all about empowering and accepting individuals, which is a main goal of social workers. As social workers, we must empower our clients so they can, and will, make their own decisions for their own lives. Social workers must accept their clients for who they are as individuals and not judge them when assisting them. This therapy focuses on a lot of things that are in the NASW’s code of ethics such as valuing the dignity and worth of a person, and promoting self-determination in clients. As social workers we are supposed to be mindful of the differences in people, respect those differences, and not push our beliefs or ideas on them. This article describes how person-centered therapy is applying the same basic principles. We are supposed to be there to support and accept our clients and allow them to make their own decisions without interference. Person-centered therapy focuses greatly on creating an inviting and accepting environment for clients, which is a main focus of social workers as…show more content…
This directly corresponds with a social worker’s job of promoting self-determination in clients. As social workers we are there to assist in helping identifying goals, but not making them for the client. Self-determination is an important theme in both person-centered therapy and social work. In my opinion, empowering someone and enhancing their self-determination is one of the most important aspects of social work. Person-centered therapy was described with a few dilemmas that I feel social workers face as well. For instance, if a client chooses or does not choose to do something that is in their best interest it is not the role of the therapist, in person-centered therapy, to step-in and make that decision for the client. The same goes for social workers. If someone chooses to do or no do something that is in their best interest it is not up to the social worker to step in and override their self-determination. Lastly, I believe, that like in person-centered therapy, social workers should not exert any control or power over their clients. Just like in person-centered therapy, it is not the role of the therapist or social worker to control their client and their lives, but merely to accept them and assist where needed. Both person-centered therapy and social work are focused largely on
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