DSST Fundamentals of counseling

Piaget referred to the process of accommodation as

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Unformatted text preview: Piaget referred to the process of accommodation as the act of receiving information from the environment . Accommodation was seen as the first part of cognitive development. According to Piaget, the second part required for cognitive development is assimilation . Assimilation is the act of imposing our perceptions on the environment. Although accommodation and assimilation are inseparable one can be the primary operative at any given time. Piaget's hypothesis was that finding balance between assimilation and accommodation would lead to positive, adaptive development. In other words the person would learn and grow from the interaction with the environmental stimuli. Assimilated knowledge represents what we have come to understand as the truth based on our interactions with the environment over time. This internalized information forms the basis for personal growth and development. If a person’s assimilated knowledge is flawed or maladaptive, that can lead to stunted personal development. Developmental Counseling and Therapy is a holistic framework that requires multiple perspectives . DCT requires an empathic relationship; decision based counseling, and multicultural variables. This total approach is very integrative and views multiple demands on a person as necessitating a holistic approach that can adapt as required. Developmental counseling and therapy is based on three central constructs. The co constructive nature of relationships and knowledge A reformulation of Piaget’s cognitive stages of development A spherical framework that integrates the multiple ideas of psychotherapy The term Co construction refers to the notion that a client learns in relation to the counselor. Developmental counseling and therapy (DCT) is based on the fact that the two parties learn and grow together. This meeting of equals approach fosters personal growth and development as both client and counselor challenge themselves to assimilate their knowledge in different ways that are more appropriate for the current situation. A client who is in a sensorimotor stage of cognitive development will express his or her emotions through behavioral and physical means. This stage is also referred to as elemental and it is based on the fact that emotion is the cognition. The client will display tears if sad, violence if angry, smiles if happy, etc… The client can’t put words to the emotions and may also try to deny their feelings. A client in the concrete stage of cognitive development will be able to name feelings but be unable to reflect on those feelings. This stage is also known as Situational and the client provides on concrete recounts of an event or circumstance focusing on the facts and the details. While the counselor learns what happened or how the client was feeling, there is little acknowledgement of why the person did what they did or felt what they felt....
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