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.
Self-harm, suicide and intimate partner violence are examples in which a counselor should be actively assessing levels of safety and risk of a client. When it comes to members of one’s community’s safety being at risk, the community mental health workers and law officials approaches to mentally disabled members should be evaluated. Counselor Safety In the article, A Survey of Safety Training in Rehabilitation Counselor Education Programs by Davis, Schultz, Anderson, and Bartley (2009), the article discusses the importance of safety training including counselor competence in identifying and responding to threatening incidents, communication, critical incident debriefing, and prevention, as well as conflict and lifestyle management. The authors express the importance of infusing safety topics into counselor education programs. An important concern in the counseling and social work field is the counselor or social worker being a target of violence.
Introduction In this account I will concentrate on an established clinical skill that I have been practicing for many years. Presenting this assignment reflects the assessment and care delivered to a patient within my working practice. Using Gibbs model (Gibbs, 1988) as a working model will allow my thoughts / feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and action plan to be deduced. I will apply critical thinking and underpinning knowledge to evidence based practice and thus concludes with an evaluation of increased clinical competency and personal development. Reflection as a learning tool allows me to identify the positive and negative aspects of my practice and to draw upon previous experiences and apply them to new situations “Reflective practice has, however, the potential to help practitioners in all fields unlock the tacit knowledge and understanding that they have of their practice and use this to generate knowledge for future practice”.
Personal Identity Paper Chrystal Langston COUN5004-Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors Capella University October 25, 2014 Key Philosophies of the Counseling Profession Counseling is a support process in which a professional counselor assists clients in different areas to promote wellness, mental health, and educational and career goals. The key philosophies of the counseling profession include wellness, resilience and prevention. Wellness pertains to the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. It is an active process of being aware of and making healthy choices that result in positive life-style choices. Additionally, the counseling philosophy also focuses on resilience.
The key philosophies of the counseling profession consist of wellness. “Wellness is conceptualized as the paradigm for counseling provides strength-based strategies for assessing clients, conceptualizing issues developmentally, and planning interventions to remediate dysfunction and optimize growth. Wellness counseling models have stimulated significant research that helps to form the evidence base for practice in the counseling field. The development of these models is explained, results of studies using the models are reviewed, and implications for research needed to further inform clinical practice and advocacy efforts are discussed.” Professional counselors are encouraged to use wellness as a positive state of well-being through developmental, preventive, and wellness-enhancing interventions. These interventions are based in a philosophy of care, ethical practice requires the use of evidence-based techniques.
I would do the Beck’s Depression Inventory with her to determine the severity of the problem. I would do a mental exam on her to determine the severity of the Alzheimer’s. - Clinician Characteristics To be best able to work with Mrs. Sanders I would have to show her that I cared, show empathy, as well as a desire to help her. I would have to be able to motivate her and promote her continued independence. I would need to be structured, creative, and positive to help her find ways to deal with the Alzheimer’s.
Education is important with this form of treatment so clients can recognize how different factors affect the course of the disease and what they can do to manage these factors (Steinkuller and Rheineck 342). Family therapy is also a means of treatment where family members as well as the client see a mental health provider to find solutions and ways to deal with the disorder. Family involvement provides structure and could increase adherence to treatment leading to delays or reductions in relapses (Steinkuller and Rheineck 342). Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy involves stabilizing social and circadian rhythms based on the hypotheses that unstable daily routines result in increased bipolar episodes in individuals prone to them (Steinkuller and Rheineck 349). Social rhythm therapy recognizes the need for regular sleep/wake cycles, regulation of meals, exercise, sleep and plans for keeping rhythms stable when disruptions occur.
It states that both counseling and clinical psychologists are trained to provide counseling and psychotherapy. In the context of mental health, counseling is generally used to conduct a relatively brief treatment that is focused mostly on behavior. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic situation. The role of the counselor is to offer suggestions and advise for dealing with it. Psychotherapy on the other hand, is generally a longer term which focuses more on gaining an insight into chronic physical and emotional problems.
Which of the research methodologies from the textbook would you choose to conduct your proposed study? I would choose Clinical psychologist they help people with psychological disorders adjust to the demands of life. The clinical psychologists evaluate problems such as anxiety and depression through interviews and psychological tests. They help clients resolve problems and change self-defeating behaviors. A.
There are different types of counsellors and counselling settings, for example there are lay counsellors, faith or religious counsellors and professional counsellors; while settings differ in terms of the level of profession, the social context of the cases, and whether the setting is for a group session or just a mere consulting room. Counselling is part of the supportive psychotherapy that helps relatively normal people to face specific problems of adjustment and help re-establish healthy modes of adjustment; and it is aimed at helping an individual through their crises. The counsellor listens to the persons’ problem, provides the client with information, propose course of action, advocate for further therapy where necessary and reassures the client about progress and expected outcomes. In this essay we will discuss personal experiences of a first time counsellor. Issues like negotiating entry into the counselling setting, and understanding the real time factors that are experienced by counsellors and their clients such as keeping up with the set contracts, communication (verbal and