To support this, questions are asked about the client’s story, strengths and resources, and about exceptions to the problem. Solution focused therapists believe that change is constant. By helping people identify the things that they wish to have changed in their life and also to attend to those things that are currently happening that they wish to continue to have happen, SFBT therapists help their clients to construct a concrete vision of a preferred future for themselves. The SFBT therapist then helps the client to identify times in their current life that are closer to this future, and examines what is different on these occasions. By bringing these small successes to their awareness, and helping them to repeat these successful things they do when the problem is not there or less severe, the therapists helps the client move towards the preferred future they have identified.
The main objective is to establish the client’s suitable for therapy and if there is a satisfactory therapeutic fit. This meeting is important for the client and therapist, where therapists instill a feeling of confidence and trust and where the rapport building begins through verbal, physical and visuals that are presented. (Maupoint 2009) Within this essay I will be discussing why the initial consultation is so important, the purpose of the initial consultation, what happens during this meeting and why it is such an important time in the client and therapist relationship. With this in mind, I will illustrate the importance of the initial consultation and the factors that an ethically minded therapist should cover to ensure safety for both parties. The initial consultation with the client, before therapy, is an important aspect of the whole procedure as this will assist in forming the basis of the therapy and for the client and the therapist to ask questions.
Compare and Contrast Two Family Therapy Theories Professional counselors have many roles and responsibilities in the field of counseling. Professional counselors work with individuals, families and groups. Theories, principles and methods of counseling and psychotherapy are utilized to shape goals for the client (McGoldrick, Carter & Garcia-Preto, 2011). Implementing plans for action to prevent or alter the mental or emotional crisis will an area of focus while working with the individual or family. Assessments and treatment of mental illness are examined to find the most appropriate and effective diagnosis and/or treatment for clients and families.
Treatment planning provides a road map for the counseling process (Erford, 2010). Assessment and diagnosis play the most important role in case conceptualization and treatment planning because it allows the professional counselor to gain a better understanding about the client’s issues and needs. Professional counselors’ assessment involves intake interviews, test and inventories, behavioral observations and relevant information from other sources (Barlow & Durand, 2003; Nystul, 2006). According to Erford (2010) the assessment process helps the professional counselor put together a diagnosis and set up a treatment plan. Professional counselors also need to consider how issues such as race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, family structure, trauma, and sexual and gender orientation affect a client’s presenting concerns and what impact these variables have on the acceptability of , and the access to, counseling (Erford, 2010).
The goal of Adlerian therapy is to focus on the feelings of the self that arise from interactions and conflicts. Adlerian therapy is a therapy of teaching, informing and encouraging the client. This form of therapy focuses on helping the client fix basic mistakes in their personal logic. This type of therapy focuses on the conscious aspects of behavior, rather than the unconscious and this is central to the development of personality. The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is a collaborative one.
Ultimately, the successful creation of a strong therapeutic alliance depends on the behavior, personal traits, and experience of the counselor (Gross & Capuzzi, 2011). Strengths According to Gross and Capuzzi (2011), a counselor’s empathetic understanding, which is the ability to “feel with clients as opposed to feeling for clients” or to “understand feelings, thoughts, and ideas, and experiences by viewing them from the client’s frame of reference,” can be enhanced by certain characteristics (p. 7). One such characteristic, a counselor’s “knowledge and awareness of one’s own feelings and emotional response patterns and how they manifest themselves in interactive patterns” (Gross & Capuzzi, 2011, p. 7). A counselor who demonstrates this characteristic is more likely to practice empathetic understanding successfully (Gross & Capuzzi, 2011). The demonstration of this trait and others could allow a significant improvement in the client outcome.
Structural Family Therapy aimed to reduce dysfunction and change behaviors by addressing the family system. As Structural Family Therapy gained popularity another model that was simiar was also identified. Both modles became interlocked into one and the name changed to Structual-Strategic Approach. The Structual-Strategic Appraoch continued to reguarded the family sysem and how it influences an individuals'
When you become a supervisor if you want people to perform for you, you have to get to know them on a personal level. You become a therapist, marriage councilor or someone for your subordinates to just vent to. While progressing through my own life, I have been able to develop my own strategies for communication and collaboration. The first thing is identify the individuals strengths and weakness’s, or as they have been referred to as learning styles and personality. Then I would take the task and break it down to subtasks and assign them as a task to an individual and a subtask to help and develop them as a more productive
This allowed our class to become informed on the process of admitting a patient in the field. Our class gained an understanding of the process of providing substance abuse services to clients. We learned the importance of prioritizing a client’s treatment plan. Our insight also included understanding the different treatment stages and familiarizing ourselves with local agencies offering treatment by looking up agencies and resources using 211, the phonebook and the internet. We gained an understanding of peer pressure in adolescents and discussed prevention programs created to teach adolescents the skills needed to make good decisions.
During this time, we will set short-term, long-term goals, and process goal to give us the direction of counseling and the purpose. There must be ongoing, meaningful evaluation of its useful purposes. Progress of my clients should be measurable and definable. During my interactions with clients, I must understand their feelings, behavior, and motivations so that I can help clients to identify any negative cognitive and behavioral patterns. As I fulfill my mission as a counselor, the therapeutic process must be given the time to work if the client is to achieve their personal goals and gain the necessary insight into their lives.