Reflection On Self Assessment

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During my initial self-evaluation and assessment of me as a perspective counselor, self- awareness was an essential aspect of becoming an effective counselor. I am aware of certain things that can prevent me from becoming a competent counselor such as being unaware of my strengths and weaknesses. As a current community support worker, I have already had the opportunity to work with individuals who require different levels of support. Providing assistance to the specific population has given me the chance to utilize my communication skills. My work experience has also allowed me to be more self-aware, and open minded. After taking the techniques of counseling class I am more than confident that I have grown professionally since the beginning…show more content…
Taking the techniques of counseling class was a great course that contributed to my evolution as a perspective therapist. Certain skills I already possess such as, great communication, being empathetic, and open to learning. However, throughout the class I learned different therapy policies such as confidentiality, attending skills, and self-awareness. Having knowledge of these basic practices and skills has contributed to me becoming well rounded, self- aware, and a competent perspective counselor. I have made moderate progress towards the learning goals I established for myself in the beginning of the semester. During the beginning of the semester I anticipated learning different counseling approaches, becoming culturally competent, and learning how to be more confident. Throughout the course not much was mentioned about theoretical approaches and how to incorporate the framework into therapy. Nonetheless, the content that I learned allowed me to be more culturally competent, self-aware, and confident. To be culturally competent, it is essential to know basic background information about a client before assisting them. It is imperative to know basic information about a client such as age, sex, and nationality to determine how to assist the individual. Not knowing certain information may contribute to unethical work and a disservice to the…show more content…
I was able to witness how an actual therapy session would look. Observing the sessions allowed me to become more self-aware and determine what I should and should not physically be doing as a perspective counselor. The more knowledge I gained from the content and class, the more confident I became. Also, the more video sessions I recorded the more comfortable and confident I became. I greatly benefited from learning the different techniques and practices, then having the opportunity to apply what was learned. The hands on experience awarded me the chance to utilize the skills taught and critique myself. I gained an abundance of knowledge about confidentiality, attending skills, and self-awareness that I did not anticipate learning. I am now aware of what exact confidential matters should be presented to a client before beginning therapy. I am also more aware of cultural competence and my own biases. Lastly, I learned how to utilize proper attending behaviors such as visual eye contact, vocal qualities, verbal tracking, and body language during a therapy
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