I find it slightly disconcerting that programs don’t offer more courses in group work, because I think it is something that as a future counselor you should be at least basically efficient in. As with most other counseling, a practitioner should be competent in their work and should not work with clients who need specific help in areas they are not experienced in. Practitioners should have focused training in group work to be more proficient group workers. Group workers should also stay current on all new treatments and the like, by taking continued education courses, activities, etc. just like other types of pra... ... middle of paper ... ...e issues with endings, so I would benefit from personal therapy in this instance.
I would usually analyze an idea repetitively and thoroughly in my mind before suggesting it to the group. This could have lowered our productivity during brainstorming sessions due to the lack of ideas. While some traits could be generally identified as advantageous and disadvantageous to the group, there were two traits: high on conscientiousness and agreeableness that were dependent on the situation. With the motivation to work, having high conscientiousness was helpful to the group as I assisted in managing the deadlines within our group and was determined to follow through them in order to achieve our long-term goal of producing quality work. However, my organized working style could have exerted pressure on other group mates who have higher productivity working in a flexible timeline and allowed to formulate ad hoc
Decisions Although for the past couple years I have wanted to be a teacher, there has been multiple times that I have considered this field is not right for me. Even though it is early in my first semester I am already overwhelmed with all the information that is thrown at me and the expectations that the professors have. The more I think about it at times, the less I feel like I could make a good teacher and that scares me because I do not want to do something that I am not going to be good at. There are several other reasons that I have considered why I should not be a teacher, but the fear of being a failure is just one of them. Many people say that teachers do not get paid enough for their work.
But, now that the first solo session is out of the way, I believe I will be less nervous. I don’t think I was really that nervous, just more worried about not having the correct question at all times. Heather suggested practicing the portion on mandatory reporting. That makes sense because I have only practiced that part twice throughout school. It is kind of awkward to say the client because you do not want them to shy away from telling you crucial information.
Although I was able to reflect what clients are experiencing, I believe that more reflections of clients’ feelings are needed during sessions. Reflective listening shows clients that the counselors are listening to them, and it also helps the counselors to keep the conversation with clients going. Other than that, as we reflect client’s experiencing, clients can help counselors to clarify any confusions. In my sessions working with clients, I should be doing more reflective listening before asking clients the next
Hence, I can utilize my strengths and manage my weaknesses to be a better member in future group assignments. In particular, I will focus on utilizing my personality traits in moderation as either extremes of high or low on a personality may be too rigid, being an extreme strength in certain situations, but being an extreme weakness in others. Despite having a low extraversion, I can still take a more active role in future discussions by sharing all constructive ideas instead of shying out and worrying of others’ negative feedback. I will also balance between orderliness and flexibility by proposing general deadlines for our group and at the same time allowing members to organize their own progress so that we can have organization in the group without suffocating the members. With more flexibility given, I will keep in mind to be agreeable in moderation in which I will be trusting and compassionate to the members but also able to be firm if any member is slacking or not meeting our deadlines.
It was overwhelming at times because I felt as though I was not contributing effectively. There were a few instances that I noticed I was listening to their words so that I could write them down, but I did not actually comprehend what the students were saying. In addition, when it was my turn to speak, I hadn’t thought about my response in advance because I was so focused on writing. If I had to do this assignment again in the future, I think it would be beneficial to tape record to session and then write out the dialogue after. This would help me be a more active and effective member in the
When I have more information to bring to the table it allows me to see how I am a useful group member. Knowing my strengths and weaknesses within groups will be extremely helpful for me while in the field. After learning how important group work is to clients I hope to be able to work to make groups available throughout my internship. Knowing my weaknesses makes me more aware of how to try and change them in the future.
Additionally, from radical collaboration book, I found that the content or wording which I choose in expressing truth plays an important role in determining others’ responses. Words are powerful double edge tools which could build trust and relationship with others, however It also may reduce the truthfulness level in teams. Given that reason, I promise to myself to be more careful in using words specifically when telling truth to other people so they do not feel offended. For instance, rather than saying “you are lazy person, I do not like working with you”, perhaps I can express the truth about his/her attitude by saying “I think you should work harder so we could achieve success together”. By choosing better words, I believe I could reduce the consequences of telling the truth to others thus lead me to become more open to my team on or outside BUS
Confidentiality Issue Case Study Counselling is a professional activity, which can be harmful if correct procedures are not followed. Counsellors are dedicated to respecting the rights of those persons seeking their assistance. They must know their rights. It is part of the counsellor’s responsibility to encourage clients to take responsibility themselves. Confidentiality is an ethical issue, which involves keeping the client’s personal information to yourself.