Person-centered Theory Requires Nonjudgemental Support to Build Trust
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The person centered theory focuses on the individual’s personal needs, wants, goals and ambitions; strengthening voice in how they receive support. Placing individuals central to practice is a fundamental principle. I believe this approach consists of providing non-judgmental practice to which trust can be built upon, enabling people to feel comfortable communicating; and eventually gain control of their problems as empathy, respect and discussion upon solutions is provided (Maclean & Harrison, 2011).
With aims to see the person as an individual, understanding of their biography so to speak, is important (Holburn & Gordon et al., 2007). In relation to my experience, this involved getting background information from the carer such as her education history; which then led on to her expressing future wishes of wanting to undertake a course to boost her chances of finding part time work. This helped me understand experiences of the carer and some of her future aspirations.
By ensuring the carer was center and in charge of identifying her needs and how they can be met, I fostered a holistic approach. This involved discussion surrounding personal needs, interests and preferences. By doing so, I was able to bring forefront what she finds challenging and through asking open questions to explore solutions such as what would make this less challenging for you?, I probed her to think of how she can be supported. This worked well as the carer expressed she would love to have weekends away whilst knowing her daughter is safe and enjoying an activity. I believe I empowered the carer to express what she wanted, and by guiding the process we was able to draw sound solutions which were self-directed and could be worked upon if given more time (Tu...
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...ime, the task centered approach could have been beneficial for the carer to achieve steps in gaining back control of her life whilst still being able to care for her daughter. The role of myself and the carer would be to ensure the problems experienced are identified and prioritised in order for full focus and achievement to be made. Mutual agreement is needed when deciding upon goals and how they will be achieved; this is to ensure time scales are appropriate and goals are achievable, preventing the care being overwhelmed with tasks that may not bring much difference (Beckett, 2006). Helping focus the carer on what actions she could take to improve her situation and reminding her that it is her responsibility to achieve these goals is vital in order to place accountability. Ensuring I am able to offer support and guidance is also important to encourage motivation.