DSST Fundamentals of counseling

To be an effective counselor you must assess your own

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Unformatted text preview: To be an effective counselor you must assess your own personal characteristics and be willing and able to work toward continuous personal growth and development. Counselors are not expected to be perfect. What a good counselor recognizes is the areas in which he or she is less than perfect and has a plan in place to improve. There are some key areas of development that are critical for an effective counselor such as a sincere interest in the welfare of others and the ability to communicate honestly and authentically. Counselors are encouraged to participate in some form of therapy before entering the counseling profession. It is certainly not a prerequisite but the process of going through therapy allows a potential counselor to gain an understanding of what the client is experiencing. It is also an effective way to explore why the person wants to become a counselor in the first place. By working on their own issues, counselors gain a better understanding of how to help others. A counselor must be aware of how his or her own values influence the therapy and try to minimize that influence as much as possible. As human beings, we are all value-laden. The important thing to remember in counseling is that your role is to help your client make decision that are best for him or her and those decisions will be based on the client’s own value system. A counselor does not tell a client what to do; rather counselors help their clients problem solve and make decisions that are best for them. Religion is a value related to a person’s beliefs about sin and salvation. It is important for counselors to understand how their religion affects the counseling relationship. Religion is a deep-seated value that influences many decisions and judgments and it is imperative that a counselor understand their level of tolerance for different religious attitudes and beliefs. Often a client will want to know the counselor’s religious values and this information helps both parties communicate openly and honestly. A counselor does not have to be completely objective, he or she just needs to be open and honest. Effective counselors are open to and accepting of their own feelings and experiences. Counselors need to be aware of their own feelings and understand where their beliefs about the world came from. They understand that not all their feelings will be necessarily appropriate but they accept their feelings for what they are. This level of self-awareness helps counselors understand where other people are coming from and what they are experiencing. Effective counselors are open-minded and do not judge their clients. This open mindedness is critical in the counseling profession because the main goal is to help the client make the choices that are the best for him or her. This is not necessarily the decision the counselor would make him or her self. The ability to see issues from the client’s perspective is critical in counseling....
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