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On Becoming a Counselor. “One of the most important instruments you will have to work with as a counselor is yourself as a person.” G. Corey, 2005. To every therapy session we bring our human qualities and the experiences that have influenced us. The Role of Values in Counseling.

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On Becoming a Counselor

“One of the most important instruments you will have to work with as a counselor is yourself as a person.”

G. Corey, 2005


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To every therapy session we bring our human qualities and the experiences that have influenced us.


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The Role of Values in Counseling

  • A core issue is the degree to which counselor’s values should enter into a therapeutic relationship.

  • Counselors should guard against the tendency to assume either of two extreme positions

    • At one extreme, counselors hold definite absolute beliefs, and see it as their job to exert influence on clients to adopt their values.

    • At the other extreme are counselors who maintain that they should keep their values out of their work, and that the ideal is to strive for value free counseling.


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The Rule of Values in Counseling

  • Because counseling is a process that teaches clients how to deal with their problems and find their own solutions based on their value system, it is essential that the counselor not short-circuit a client’s exploration.



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Where does a counselor begin to develop therapeutic goal?

  • The client and a counselor need to explore what they hope to obtain from the counseling relationship, whether they can work with each other, and whether their goals are compatible.

    • What you expect from counseling?

    • Why are you here?

    • What do you hope to leave with?

    • What aspects of yourself or your life situation, would you most like to change?


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Incorporating Culture Into Counseling Practice

  • Suspends preconceptions about client’s race, and/or ethnicity and that their family members.

  • Engage clients in conversations about race and ethnicity to avoid stereotyping and making faulty assumptions.

  • Address how race and ethnic differences between therapist and client might affect the therapy process.

  • Acknowledge that power, privilege, and racism can affect interactions with clients.

  • Recognize that the more comfortable therapists are with conversations about race and ethnicity, the more easily they can respond appropriately to clients who may be uncomfortable with such discussions.

  • Be open to ongoing learning about cultural factors, and how they affect therapeutic work.


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It is more often by differences than by similarities that we are challenged to look at what we are doing.


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Multicultural Guidelines are challenged to look at what we are doing.

  • Learn more about how your own cultural background has influenced your thinking and behaving.

  • Identify your basic assumptions, especially as they apply to diversity in culture, ethnicity, race, gender, class, religion, and sexual orientation.

  • Examine where you obtain your knowledge about culture.

  • Learn to pay attention to common ground that exists among people of diverse backgrounds.

  • Spend time preparing clients for counseling.

  • Be flexible in applying the methods you use with clients.

  • Remember that practicing from a multicultural perspective can make your job easier, and can be rewarding for both you and your clients.


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Issues Faced by Beginning Counselor are challenged to look at what we are doing.

  • Dealing with our anxieties

  • Being and disclosing ourselves

  • Avoiding perfectionism

  • Being honest about our limitations

  • Understanding silence

  • Dealing with demands from clients

  • Dealing with clients who lack commitment

  • Tolerating ambiguity

  • Avoiding losing ourselves in our clients

  • Developing a sense of humor

  • Sharing responsibility with the client

  • Declining to give advice

  • Defining your role as a counselor

  • Learning to use techniques appropriately

  • Developing your own counseling style, staying alive as a person and as a professional


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Basic Parts of a Theory are challenged to look at what we are doing.

  • View of Human Nature – 3 Modalities

    • Cognition

    • Behavior

    • Affect


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