Discussion Discussion 1 Select one of the cases below and answer the corresponding questions. Make sure to identify which case you have selected in the hea

Discussion Discussion 1
Select one of the cases below and answer the corresponding questions. Make sure to identify which case you have selected in the heading of your post e.g., Case #1. 
The Discussions will be graded as follows:

Fully and correctly answered each question- 4pts
Made reference to assigned reading when answering the question (e.g., according to Corey…..)- 1pt
One outside resource was consulted on one of the issues discussed in the response. Make sure to refer to the source in your response and cite reference at the end of your post in APA format (e.g., according to a recent article in ……., anxiety with children is common….(Silverman, 2002)- 2 pts 
Responded to at least 2 other student’s posts-1 pt

Case #1: A client who has not questioned her religious beliefs
Brenda, age 22, comes to see you because of problems in living at home with her family. She tells you that she feels dependent both financially and emotionally on her parents and that although she would like to move out and live with a girlfriend, she has many fears of taking this step. She also says that her religion is extremely important to her and that she feels a great deal of guilt over the conflict she has with her parents. After some discussion you find that she has never really questioned her religious values and that it appears that she has completely accepted the beliefs of her parents. Brenda says that if she followed her religion more closely, she would not be having all these difficulties with her folks. She is coming to you because she would “like to feel more like an independent adult who could feel free enough to make my own decisions.”

Which personal characteristics of effective counselors from Ch. 2 would be most helpful in this situation (at least 2) and why?
Which of the issues faced by beginning therapists from Ch. 2 might become an issue for you in this specific case (at least 2 issues) and why?
What counseling ethical issues from Ch. 3 do you need to consider in this specific case (at least 2) and why? The Counselor: Person
and Professional

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 The most important instrument you have is YOU
 Your living example of who you are and how you struggle to
live up to your potential is powerful

 Be authentic
 The stereotyped, professional role can be shed
 If you hide behind your role the client will also hide

 Be a therapeutic person
 Be willing to grow, risk, care, and be involved

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (1)
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 Abundant research indicates the centrality of the
person of the therapist and therapeutic
relationship as key factors in successful therapy.

 The contextual factors, not techniques, are the
primary determinants of therapeutic outcome.

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (2)
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 Can help you explore your motivations for being a counselor,
countertransference, and other issues that are triggered by
clinical work

 Research shows that it is important to counselors’ personal
and professional development.

 If we are not committed personally to the value of examining
life, how can we inspire clients to examine their lives?

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (3)

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 Avoid value imposition

 Recognize that you are not value‐neutral

 Assist clients in creating goals and finding answers that
are most congruent with their own values

 Find ways to manage value conflicts between you and
your clients

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (4)

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 Become aware of your biases and values

 Become aware of your own cultural norms and
expectations

 Attempt to understand the world from your client’s
vantage point

 Gain a knowledge of the dynamics of oppression, racism,
discrimination, and stereotyping

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (5)

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 Study the historical background, traditions, and
values of your client and be open to learning from
him/her

 Expand your vantage point to explore your client’s
ways of life that are different from your own

 Develop an awareness of acculturation strategies
Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (6)

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 Dealing with anxieties

 Being oneself and self‐
disclosing

 Avoiding perfectionism

 Being honest about
limitations

 Understanding silence

 Dealing with demands
from clients

 Dealing with clients who
lack commitment

 Tolerating ambiguity
Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (7)

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 Avoiding losing oneself
in one’s clients

 Developing a sense of
humor

 Sharing responsibility
with the client

 Declining to give advice

 Defining one’s role as a
counselor

 Learning to use
techniques appropriately

 Developing one’s own
counseling style

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (8)

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 Take care of your single most important instrument – YOU
 Develop self‐care strategies and a plan for renewal

 Know what causes burnout

 Know how to recognize and remedy burnout

 Know how to prevent burnout through self‐care

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy – Chapter 2 (9)

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