Running head: The Role and Life of a Mental Health Counselor The Role and Life of a Mental Health Counselor Mental health counselors provide counseling services for clients that suffer from personal issues (e.g. depression, substance abuse). Mental health counselors are trained to provide psychotherapy, psychological assessments, and diagnosis disorders of a specified population of clients in an individual or group setting, by helping them cope with mental and emotional problems (Erford, 2010). Counselors in the mental health profession are expected to maintain the confidentiality of records relating to the client’s treatment. Mental health professionals practice active listening and encourage the client to express their feelings.
Psychopharmacology and Mental Health Counseling Robina Choudhry Walden University The use of psychotropic medication is becoming more common in the field of mental health. While working with the clients taking these medications, counselors need to know the impact of these medications along with professional, ethical, and legal boundaries of practice. In order to achieve the goal of a client’s well being, counselors should develop a collaborative approach to the client’s other medical professionals prescribing such medications (Foxhall,2008). RECOMMENDING OR PRESCRIBING MEDICATIONS Counselors should not recommend or prescribe medications. In general, the medications used for different mental health problems are called psychotropic medications.
Speaking with service users who have a mental health problem can be quite challenging in some cases (Kaprowska, 2005). There is, therefore a heavy dependence for carers and support workers presence to facilitate effective communication. Diggings (2004) Suggests that social workers often speak with service user’ key worker or carer rather than directly with the service user. This can have a negative impact on the service user as they can feel that they are not valued. I identified that I had to refocus discussions because the service user I was working with tended to digress.
Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a type of treatment for clients which focuses on past and present social roles and interpersonal interactions. During treatment, the therapist generally chooses one or two problem areas in the patient's current life to focus on. Examples of areas covered are disputes with friends, family or co-workers, grief and loss and role transitions, such as retirement or divorce. IPT does not attempt to delve into inner conflicts resulting from past experiences. Rather it attempts to help the patient find better ways to deal with current problems.
The principle Primum Non Nocere teaches the use of the least invasive methods necessary to allow the body to heal itself. A detailed look into a patient’s history and habits can help identify what level of intervention is required based on how severe their symptoms are. Another distinguishing factor of naturopathy from conventional medicine is the principle Tolle Totem. In order to find out the underlying cause of what might be making a patient sick enough time needs to be spent asking the right questions and investigating deeper than their symptoms. Good health is more
Unit 517 Lead Person Centred Practise (HSCM1) 1.5 Explain how person centred practise can result in positive changes for an individual. Person centred practise (PCP) places the individual at the centre of the care they receive and this can lead to a lot of positive changes. Before the use of PCP, treatment of an individual was based on their condition (medical model). Decisions are continually made for the individual as they are only defined as being independent once they overcome their disabilities. Taking away a person’s choices long-term may lead to ill effects such as withdrawal, depression, lack of motivation, lack of progression, delusions of over dependency, challenging behaviours, lack of opportunities and community access and institutionalisation.
Social policy is the actions, plans and programmes of government bodies and agencies aim to deal with a problem or achieve a goal, for example, preventing crime or reducing poverty. Social policies are sometimes influenced by the findings of sociologists, however this usually depends on the government in power and their political ideologies. There are different types of social problems that cause public concern such as crime and poverty; these usually need some sort of solution. And there are also areas of sociological interest that may have an impact on policy such as why some people are poor, commit crime, or fail in school. Sociologists carry out their research from a number of theoretical perspectives, and depending on the views they adopt they will have different ideas about the nature of social problems and know how to solve them.
(Example case studies) Analysis of qualitative data is difficult and requires accurate description of participant responses, also data and great care must be taken when doing so, for example; looking for symptoms of mental illness. However the participants are able to provide data in their own words and in their own way also qualities research explores new area of research. It also builds new theories and examines complex questions that can be impossible with qualitative method. On the other hand qualitative researchers cannot carefully look at the detailed structures original difficult natural relations. Quantitative research gathers data in numerical form which can be put into categories, or in rank order, or measured in units of measurement.
Firstly, “individuals can question the structure of their society, its essential components and their relation”. Secondly, they enquire their “society’s standing in history and its meaning for humanity’s development”. Finally, they specifically “analyse the varieties of men and women that prevailed in the society and period”. Individuals can also view that events which affect them personally are also major social issues. This distinction is an essential tool to the sociological imagination.
Getting a little more depth, it is the study of society and human in groups and how they interact with one another. Sociology likes to get ‘behind the scenes’ of what seems to be happening and comes up with a much convincing explanation. Sociologists use theory to prove a point. They make a deliberate attempt to look beyond their own personal experiences and take into account the experiences of those whose life situation is different from their own. They do not always accept what they are being told is true.