Assignment 2: Self-Assessment, Self Awareness, And Self Care

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M1 Assignment 2 Discussion Assignment 2: Self-Assessment, Self-Awareness, and Self-Care What characteristics of a good counselor do you possess, and which do you need to develop? In self-assessment and active awareness, the characteristics I am aware of that I possess is that people in general, will talk and open up to me quite naturally. Therefore, the use of active listening, positive unconditional regard, empathic understanding as well as being mindful seems to be easier for me. Interestingly, others share and open up to me rather quickly that enables me to differentiate between the individual’s and my worldview. However, with the use of empathic listening, it is also essential to validate and acknowledge the feelings of others. Subsequently,…show more content…
According to the Dunning–Kruger effect (1999), new therapists have a misconception that their skills are more significant than they are from the viewpoint of other counselors (Dunning-Kruger, 1999). Therefore, I would have to be more aware not to inflate my own self-assessment while in a working alliance relationship with my client. Therefore, being overconfident may lend to an adverse outcome. What might hinder your development of counseling skills and techniques? What comes to mind as a critical phenomenon that can hinder the development of counseling skills and techniques is the lack of time for self-care if there is not a routine practice to remain effective as a clinician (Cormier, 2012, p. 10) which may lead to burnout. How might you overcome those challenges? Important is prevention instead of overcoming the challenge of the phenomenon of burnout which can hinder the development of counseling skills. Kestnbaum (1984) suggests that supervisors train therapists to set realistic expectations in therapy and to recognize clients ' growth (Raquepaw & Miller, 1989). Therefore, being aware of burnout prevention and the symptoms as well as seeking assistance is…show more content…
For example, growing up in a multicultural, working class blue collar neighborhood can impact my knowledge of understanding other cultural influences. However, understanding and having personal experience with poverty help in the awareness of other people’s struggles and experiences. Also, remaining non-judgmental, being aware of my own cultural influences and values in understanding labels that the client chooses to use regarding their self-identity can impact my counseling relationships (Cormier et al., 2017). Furthermore, it is important to be familiar and mindful of the terms that the client might use. Interestingly, essential is matching terms with the client, and becoming self-aware, realizing any possible bias. If realizing that there might be any case that may be other than a productive therapeutic relationship, going to a supervisor or referring the case to someone with more experience with the client’s worldview is ethically essential. Moreover, further educating myself about diversity, oppressed, vulnerable, and underserved populations (Cormier et al., 2012, p. 3) will positively impact my counseling relationships. Therefore, making it easier to be congruent and build rapport with the client in a therapeutic alliance. How will you
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