Behavioral Issues Of Clients Essay

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III. Behavioral issues of clients 1. Dealing with Emotional Roadblocks When a client who is a victim of domestic violence steps through the office doors there are oftentimes several issues that have to be dealt with. First are the emotional roadblocks they often place in their own path, oftentimes the victim will become emotionally detached from the situation as a way of coping, most of the time these roadblocks are in place because the client is afraid of confronting the entire issue or because the client does not want to burden others with their problems. As counselors we have to assist clients change this attitude by coaxing the client to face these roadblocks and overcome them, this can be done in a variety of ways. Some of the most successful ways are by journaling, role-play, and even through art. 2. Overcoming Denial Denial is the next of the issues clients of domestic violence face, more times than not a victim will blame themselves for the abuse suffered. Often a client has been told repeatedly that the anger and violence that is directed at them was a direct result of their own actions, in essence they are “brain-washed” into believing they deserve to be punished. An important step in the recovery process is realizing that they are not to blame and that domestic violence is never justified. One of the best ways to help them realize this is through a combination of individual counseling and group therapy with other survivors of domestic violence. 3. Acceptance and Moving Forward The last and often most important step in helping domestic violence victims is helping them accept what has happened, that it is not their fault, and assisting them with putting their lives back together and move past it. Once a victim realizes they are not to blame often they gain the confidence to move on, again through counseling, group therapy, and community services
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