Over time, I started to understand that I could feel compassion not only for others, but also for myself. This personal growth was extremely important, not only for myself, but for my abilities as a future counselor. Practicing self-compassion has given me the self-awareness to fully focus on others without letting my self-perceptions bias my interactions. Beyond the compassion I experience for others, there are many reasons I desire to pursue counseling. A career where I can grow and progress is ide... ... middle of paper ... ...seling have evolved throughout being an accomplished psychology undergraduate student and a mental health care professional, I realize that my natural next step is becoming a counselor.
It is important to apply a theory of counseling that reflects the counselor as a person. Therefore, when studying the different types of theories a counselor must be able to apply them to these beliefs. “It is probably useful to study all the contemporary theories to determine which concepts and techniques yo... ... middle of paper ... ...tude. A counselors values is a part of them and to be able to identify this allows the counselor to see their values are incorporated into their counseling. The client is the most important part of the equation so incorporating their beliefs and values into the counseling process is of utmost importance.
Self Assessment Assignment As a counselor in training, there are many skills that I still need to improve. Being able to work with actual clients broaden my view of counseling. Clients would discuss experiences that are unexpected to the counselor, and counselors need to be ready at any moment. It is fascinating for me to learn that although clients might be experiencing similar difficulties such as anxiety or depression, each client has a unique story behind them. Although I encounter some difficulties working with clients, being able to apply the skills that we learned in actual session helps me to further understand how to work with them.
Professional counselors put forth diligent effort to enter this profession, and we recognize that there are some unique dimensions of being a professional counselor that are directly related to effectiveness and the counseling environment. To become an effective professional counselor, we must examine the nature of being a professional counselor as well as some of the important factors of the therapeutic relationship. Effective relationship helps build collaboration and encourage enthusiasm (Erford, 2010). Central to the counseling relationship is the attitude and skill of accurate empathy. Empathy involves the counselor’s ability to experience the feelings and experience of the client, to reflect upon this experience while suspending his/her own judgments and tolerating his/her... ... middle of paper ... ...ence it deals with several different things and is shown have some main impact on society.
Professional identity is the result of a developmental process that facilitates individuals to reach an understanding of their profession in conjunction with their own self-concept, enabling them to articulate their role, philosophy, and approach to others within and outside of their chosen. As counselors engage in this individually unique growth process, it is hoped that the counseling profession as a whole will be strengthened as its practitioners and educators reach a heightened sense of purpose and a synergistic collective identity, an identity which is still developing within the profession. The term collective identity refers to having shared goals, resources, and aspirations for the profession. In order for individuals to build a personal relationship with their chosen occupation, it is important for a clear foundation to be established. To build this foundation, a professional philosophy must be constructed which clarifies and distinguishes one’s profession from other similar vocations; in this instance, other mental health fields.
Assessments are an essential part in career counseling. It is needed throughout the entire therapeutic process. The purpose of an assessment is to gather information about the client in terms of his/her personal and cultural context. It is to understand the client better. It is also to provide measurements that are valid and reliable.
DPT students must remember that they are representing themselves, the program, and a highly valued PT profession. Therefore, it is important for students to conduct themselves in a skillful manner - especially when majority of your time spent is face-to-face with a client or patient. Oftentimes, students display characteristics that tailor to their personality. For instance, displaying confidence, modesty, respectfulness and excellent mannerisms are characteristics that students like myself may already have because of our personalities, but may also contribute to the professionalism a DPT program requires. Personally, I love to help people the best way that I can, whether it comes in a form of a gesture, volunteering within the community, shadowing a PT or by lending a helping hand, I feel as if I am making a difference in somebody else’s life.
The peer advising center i believe is a great resource that i hope more and more people utilize so they can know about their options about majoring or minoring in psychology. I also want to get more involved at SDSU especially in the psychology department. I am apart of the psychology club here and I am applying to Psi Chi so I definitely like to try new things and become apart of the different organizations here on campus. I take great pride in my studies and all things regarding my education so being a peer advisor would definitely be that extra step for me in getting hands experience with working with people. I want to that help direct me in the path I want to take for my career and this can help me see if this is something that I want to pursue in working with other people.
This sample also show that I am not only going to my practicum setting, but as well able to work with them having a solid understanding of ways I can work with them to achieve their individual goals. • How does this sample relate to your learning in the SSW program? As a learning professional, it is required that we have a solid understanding of the issues and challenges the population we are working with are experiencing. To have done this research, it has change my perspective about funding any marginalized and under-represented populations might be facing. It has also enhanced my helping relationship, as I am able to display empathy, respect, care, warmth, active listening, and genuineness with my clients.
will allow current and future professionals to understand the borders of their competence. Ethical boundaries are necessary and can be deemed critically important for building healthy relationships with clients. Boundaries are meant to be beneficial in the professional relationship. Setting boundaries play a key role in achieving successful outcomes. As a psychologist, staying competent is required to demonstrate and understand the appropriate and effective manner that is consistent with the expectations as an educated professional within your field.