Personal Model of Helping

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When I look into the future and envision my career as a human service professional, I hope to be an effective and successful clinician. My personal model of helping includes pieces from several person-centered theories and includes high-lights from behaviorism, rational-emotive therapy, and reality theories. My view point was formed from multiple techniques and methods that I have chosen. I used several different theories and therapies since I feel that one theory or one form of therapy does not encompass everything that I believe to be important for a clinician to successfully treat a patient in need. In order to be an effective helper and human service professional, one must be open to many different schools of thought. The first theory I have included in my personal model of helping is the Adlerian theory. I feel that having an understanding of the world and other people outside oneself is an important aspect of developing insight regarding how to connect with others and within one's own environment. I also believe family patterns need to be considered, because at times, roles are assigned and "reinforced by societal norms" (Cicirelli, 1994). Patterns need to be considered, because the conditions within a family at times affect behavior development and personality. Understanding a client's past influences often helps uncover details that are insightful during treatment and can assist the clinician in treating the client. As a clinician, you need to establish a sense of how the client views themselves as a person, how they perceive their past, and who he or she would like to become in the future. According to the Adlerian theory, my role as a clinician would be to establish an understanding with the client, assess the client's circumstances, and use modeling to encourage the client in his or her efforts to reach their desired changed behavior. The function of
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