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He expresses that he is upset and his moods go between anger and being numb. As a counselor, I would question Geoffrey if he feels like he may be suicidal. It is important for his safety and wellbeing to figure out the most important steps to take first. If he is
feeling suicidal or fears that he may hurt someone else in his anger, understanding and dealing with those feelings are the first goal that should be addressed. How will you involve the student is establishing additional counseling goals?Geoffrey should be involved in making these goals. I would involve him by asking what it is that he would like to achieve. He may want to have a plan for not feeling helpless inthe situation and able to come to a sort of peace about his parent’s situation. I would ask him about other goals that he would like to achieve and together come up with a plan to start helping him get bac on track with his mental health as well as his appearance and academics. Based on the student’s observable behaviors, what concerns might you have as a counselor? How would you go about obtaining information that would address your concerns in Geoffrey’s case?Of course, the first concerns I would have as a school counselor is Geoffrey’s safety. Hiswellbeing is the first and foremost item to discuss. Other things that are of concern are how is academic performance is being effected by his issues at home. Also, the fact that he has no concern for his physical appearance, his friendships may be affected as well as people may not wish to associate with him. I would reach out to his teachers for help on clarification of these concerns. If his grades are declining and there are social issues, those goals will also need to be discussed at another session. How will you formally or informally assess student functioning (identify specific approach/instrument)? Informal assessment would be the most effective way to determine Geoffrey’s functioning. There are various approach methods to be used in Geoffrey’s case to assess his behavior. Observation is one instrument that would be used in order to look at Geoffrey in a systematic way. Keeping an anecdotal record would provide insight into his particular behaviors to be used as a basis for planning certain strategies of intervention. Event and time sampling would help identify his behavior and if there are triggers to be addressed. Interviewing Geoffrey would also allow him to
explain his behavior and give the counselor insight for planning goals. (Morrison, 2008 p. 152). Identify how your approach/instrument is culturally sensitive and takes into account background, ability, and language. African Americans suffer from substance abuse more than any other ethnicity and children who are exposed to drug use are more likely to experiment with illegal substances, (addiction treatment.org, 2017). Geoffrey mentioned that his father is at risk for jail time due to his drug use. He has been exposed