Mental health professionals practice active listening and encourage the client to express their feelings. Mental health counselors develop and implement treatment plans based on the client’s physical or mental condition. Client information is collected through interviews, observations or tests which guide counselors in the development of therapeutic information strategies that will help clients deal with their problems by targeting at-risk behaviors which promotes optimum mental and emotional well-being of the client (Erford, 2010). Over the past decade organizations have come to the realization that mental health professionals need to become competent in cross cultural interactions. Competent multicultural mental health professionals play a key role in success of mental health counseling interventions (Connerley & Pederson, 2005).
K/601/7629 4 Understand the importance of supervision in counseling. 4.1 Explain why both casework and managerial supervision are important for a trainee and a qualified counselor Supervision is important for both trainee and fully qualified counselor for many reasons which can be covered broadly as educative and formative.This means learning and developing the skills required to become an effective counselor and being able to recognise and understand the capabilities of trainee or supervisor by exploration and reflection on work with clients.The supervisor can be effective when supporting and challenging the student in their work with clients,to look at the students awareness of themselves and of their own responses and reactions with clients as well as other variables such as power sharing which can all affect the process. Another important factor is the supportive or restorative purpose of supervision. One simple way to described this is how both student and qualified counselor react and work when issues come up by way of transference.For instance wanting to rescue a client who discuses hugely distressing emotional issues that may resonate due to shared experiences. A further element is the managerial or normative aspect of supervision and this could explained to some extent as maintaining standards.An awareness of the need to keep up with CPD, personal blind spots and prejudices that affect the the way how both trainee and counselor look at themselves which in turn influence how they see others and the way how they work, so the requirement to contiunaly learn about oneself increases knowledge and understanding which is vitaly important for personal development and growth that will enevitbly enhance thier work with clients.
Working in the Health and Social Care industry I think the most important thing is the service users and our health and social care workers and their happiness. The more I reflect and enhance my own knowledge the more effective the learning and training will be. We also have to take responsibility for our own behaviour on people that we manage and train and encourage them to show positive behaviour too. 1.2 – Analyse potential barriers to professional development There are a number of barriers within my role. Once the barriers have been identified I should look to overcome these.
There are also a lot of services in the corrections that may help a client achieve completion of their program. There is work release, trustee work, counseling, education and other benefits that may help the client better them and get them ready to be reestablished with
We know what causes homelessness, but we are still learning the causes of mental illness. What I would like to accomplish in human services is a better way to manage the lives of those in need. We need better strategies for the programs which we have available in every community of the United States. The way I go about solving personal
Within this program, where the expertise of various professionals will be required, people suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease will be followed up regularly and according to their needs. First and foremost, the institution carrying out the program will educate and raise awareness of home care providers like nurses, social workers, psychologists and recreational therapists about the unique challenges faced by these families. Occasional and primary care givers as well as patients will also be educated and supported through the challenges of early onset dementia because “EOD caregivers experience high levels of burden and suffer from depressive symptoms. In addition, they appear to experience a considerable number of psychosocial problems, including relational difficulties, family conflict, employment and financial issues, and negative experiences regarding the diagnostic process.”(Vliet, D. et al 2010, 1097) Since the
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.
The relevance of personality types in psychotherapy Our client’s personality types are of extreme importance in therapy. The therapist will continually assess and re-assess the clients personality type, this will enable the therapist to use various techniques which are most suited to the client. This will aide and enhance the clients experience as the therapist will be able to balance their needs. Everybody will show signs of all of the following personality types, however some are stronger than others, and can be distorted. Through therapy we can learn to balance this out and to develop the other qualities which are not so obvious.
“The use of arts can deliver profound benefits for social care workforce, in particular challenging preconceptions on the abilities and talents of people with a range of conditions or needs” The recovery approach is increasingly recognised in mental health in the last few years .The notion of “recovery” has being embraced by my chosen placement Threshold Training Network (TTN)which supports people with mental health difficulties integrate back into society by incorporating a philosophy of education ,hope ,self-advocacy ,personal responsibility and support .Here TTN staff are aware and some have personal experience of the feelings of despair and hopelessness that accompanies mental health difficulties .This hopelessness is often exacerbated by the low expectations and therapeutic pessimism of services as well as by the stigma and discrimination frequently associated with mental health difficulties . (Dunn 1999) In TTN hope is viewed as a “lifesaving force”(Russinova 1999) and recovery can be viewed as a reawakening of hope after despair (Ridgeway 2001) The importance of having a sense of hope for the future has seen to evoke a sense of personal responsibility(Copeland 1989) ,development of self-advocacy(Ridgeway 2001,Onken et al 2002) rebuilding support networks(Repper&Perkins 2003) ,a purpose and meaning(Turner-Crowson&Wallcraft 2002) in life’s well as a sense of “the possible”. TTN is very interested in creative arts such as art, drama and storytelling to build on the natural strengths of each individual. Here the aim of creative arts is to boost self-confidence and self-esteem and concentration, to help people gain self-awareness and communicate better with others whilst reducing feelings of isolation and exclusion . (National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health ,2010)The very process of creation involves self-exploration and can be both empowering and
Skills and Characteristics of Mental Health Human Service Workers Kemmie Miller BSHS 471 August 23, 2012 Diane Bryan University of Phoenix Skills and Characteristics of Mental Health Human Service Workers Human service workers are defined by Lincoln University (n.d.) as “a professional that acts as an agent to assist and or empower individuals, groups, families and communities to prevent, alleviate or better cope with crisis, change and stress to enable them to function more effectively in all areas of life and living” (para.1). Those who work to better their communities through helping others require an amount of professionalism and particular skills that will enable them to perform their job duties professionally and as effectively as possible. Human service workers should have a strong desire to help others, have a sense of responsibility, have great time management skills, and show patience, understanding, and care to those in need of their assistance. They should want to be hands-on with their clients and be effective at their job duties while under pressure to find a way to help those who are in need. Mental health is defined as “the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment” (Mental Health, 2012).