DSST Fundamentals of counseling

Concreteness is the ability to express an idea or

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Concreteness is the ability to express an idea or thought in a way that is relevant and succinct. It is important for counselors to be concrete and specific with their expressions. The purpose of a therapeutic relationship is to promote a client’s self-understanding. Communicating in a way that is accurate and definite promotes understanding and helps the client become more in touch with their feelings. It models an accurate way of expressing ideas and thoughts that can be continued in other relationships. When a counselor becomes involves with a third party who is also interested in the best interests of the client, the counselor is operating in a consultant role. Counselors often function as consultants when dealing with clients. They liaise with teachers, parents, nurses, business organizations, and other health-care professionals to help the client meet their needs. The counselor can play a number of roles, including trainer, expert, negotiator, and collaborator. As a trainer , the counselor works with other people to teach interpersonal and human relation skills. Businesses often hire counselors to consult on teambuilding or communication or problem solving skills. Schools may hire counselors as consultants for training teachers in counseling basics and early intervention strategies. In an expert consulting role, a counselor diagnoses a problem and finds a solution. The client hires the counselor to determine what the problem is and suggest solutions. This is different than traditional counseling where the client is encouraged to find his or her own solution. It is based more on the medical model of diagnosis and prescription. In an expert consulting role, a counselor diagnoses a problem and finds a solution. The client hires the counselor to determine what the problem is and suggest solutions. This is different than traditional counseling where the client is encouraged to find his or her own solution. It is based more on the medical model of diagnosis and prescription. For a counselor to be successful as a consultant, he or she must have superior communication and relationship building skills.
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The foundation for a successful consulting relationship is the ability to communicate with people in a way that preserves the dignity and worth of all parties. It will build trust, promote acceptance, and help the consultant achieve the goal he or she was hired to accomplish. The first stage of the consulting process is pre-entry. At this point the counselor must evaluate his or her own skills and determine whether or not he or she is a match for the task required. The second stage of the consulting process is the actual contracting of work. At this stage the counselor must decide what model he or she will apply to the situation and determine if the model will work and is appropriate for the issue. A fee schedule is also set at this point.
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