The Doorway Into Counseling

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To study psychotherapy or be a counselor from a theological standpoint is to have a particular, genuine interest of other people’s problems without the desire of tangible results from your work. Typically, the answer is the desire to aid those with issues parallel, or separate, to past and present obstacles. If not, then what leads to the decision of lending an empathetic ear and emotional sacrifice to those around? By researching into social and cultural context, the possibilities of the influence of personal values and challenges, and the connection of faith, it can be sought after what it means to take a step into the doorway of the helping profession and its benefits. Whether brought up in a life of poverty, unemployment, drugs, or abuse, these are some of the social battles individuals deal with in everyday living. Social service programs and organizations have been constructed to deliver programs for those that have struggled with a difficult life. “The difference is that social work and psychology is concerned about the internal side of a person’s behavior (his or her emotional problems and problem-solving skills) as well as the external side of a person’s life (the quality of family life, the school the child attends, the safety of the neighborhoods, and the amount of money he or she has to live on)” (Glicken, 2011, p. 2). Helping experts are mindful of the social concerns and want to do something about it. For example, the quality of media to date and what it portrays as the ‘ideal person’-society itself has become more sensitive to the multi-cultural world in which we operate and the contributions or downfalls it constructs. Glicken (20011) describes those who work in the helping professions as heroic, givi... ... middle of paper ... ... K. (2011). Hearing the call: A phenomenological study of religion in career choice. Journal of Career Development, 38(1), 62-88. doi:10.1177/0894845309358889 Hutchinson, D. (2012). Chapter 1: An invitation to counseling work. In the essential counselor: process, skills, and techniques (2nd ed., pp. 1-34). Vermont: Sage Pubns. Rosenberg M.Ed., R. (2013, October 15). The “Golden Rule” of the helping professions. Moods Magazine. Retrieved from http:/http://humanmagnetsyndrome.com/golden-rule-helping-professions-moods-magazine-article-ross-rosenberg/ Strickling, B. (n.d.). 20th WCP: A moral basis for the helping professions. Retrieved January 26, 2014, from http://www.bu.edu/wcp/Papers/Bioe/BioeStri.htm Tillett, R. (2003). The patient within -- psychopathology in the helping professions. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 9(4), 272-279. doi:10.1192/apt.9.4.272
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