2_Understanding_Counseling_as_a_Process

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Understanding Counseling as a Process Patterson & Welfel’s Chapter 2
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Definition of Counseling Counseling is an interactive process characterized by a unique relationship between counselor and client that leads to change in the client in one or more of the following areas: Behavior (overt changes in the ways clients act, their coping skills, decision making skills, relationship skills) Beliefs and Values (ways of thinking about self, others, and the world) or emotional concerns relating to these perceptions Level of emotional distress (uncomfortable feelings or reactivity to environmental stress)
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Outcome Goals of Counseling Change must occur Categories of possible change Behavior change Individual’s ability to cope with life situations Ability to make important life decisions Change in beliefs or attitudes (personal constructs) Relief of emotional distress Free and responsible behavior Understanding and managing negative feelings
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Process Goals in Counseling
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2011 for the course HUM SRVS 100 taught by Professor Lovern/elam during the Fall '07 term at Allan Hancock College.

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