Ch 2. THE COUNSELOR: PERSON AND PROFESSIONAL 9. Appreciate the influence of culture aware of ways in which their culture has affected them and Introduction how respects the diversity of values of other one of the most imp instruments you have to work with as a cultures. counselor is yourself as a person. 10. Have a sincere interest in the welfare of others The theme of this chapter is that the persona and the based on respect, care, trust, and real valuing of others. professional are intertwined facets that cannot be separated in reality. 11. Possess Effective interpersonal skills strive to We know clinically and scientifically that the person of the create collaborative relationships with others. therapist and the therapeutic relationship contribute to 12. Become deeply involved in their work and derive therapy outcome at least as much as the particular meaning from it. treatment method used. 13. Are passionate 14. Are able to maintain healthy boundaries they The counselor as a Therapeutic Person dont carry the problems of their clients around demands a practitioner who is willing to be an AUTHENTIC with them during leisure hours they know how to say no which enables them to maintain balance in person in the therapeutic relationship person to person connection leads to clients growth. their lives. do not consider all of these in an all or nothing perspective If we are willing to look at our lives and make the changes we want, we can model that process by the way we reveal rather consider it as a continuum. ourselves and respond to our clients. (need to be genuine) Engage in appropriate selfdisclosure. The Effective Counselor The most important instrument you have is YOU Abundant research supports this. Clients place more value Your life experience, who you are, and on the personality of the therapist than on the specific how you struggle to live up to your techniques used. potential, are powerful tools Be authentic Norcross and lambert (2011) considerable evidence Serve as models for our clients indicating that the person of the psychotherapist is Your own genuineness can touch your inextricably intertwined with the outcome of psychotherapy. clients Techniques themselves have limited importance in the Be a therapeutic person and be clear about therapeutic process who you are Wampold (2001) personal and interpersonal components Be willing to grow, to risk, to care, and to be involved important techniques little effect on outcome. Contextual factors the alliance, the relationship, the Personal Therapy for the Counselor personal, and interpersonal skills of the therapist, client authors view is that counselors can benefit greatly from the agency, and extratherapeutic factors are the primary experience of being clients at some time, a view that is determinants of therapeutic outcome. supports what supported by research. humanistic psychologists have maintained for years. Some type of selfexploration can increase your level of self both therapy relationship and the therapy methods influence awareness. the outcomes of treatment Can be obtained before your training, during it, or both. The vast majority of mental health professionals have Personal Characteristics of Effective Counselors The willingness to struggle to become a more therapeutic experienced personal therapy, typically on several occasions. More than 90 of mental health professionals report person is crucial (dont need to have all these qualities be innate within you) satisfaction and pos outcomes from their own counseling experiences. Effective therapists: Orlinsky and colleagues suggest that personal therapy 1. Have an Identity know who they are, what they contributes to the therapists professional work in the want, what they are capable of. following ways: 2. Respect and appreciate themselves givereceive help and love out of self worth and strength. a) As part of the therapists training offers a model of therapeutic practice in which the trainee 3. Open to change willingnesscourage to step out of comfort zone when it is not working work experiences the work of a more experienced therapist and learns experientially what is helpful or towards coming the person they want to be. 4. Make choices that are life oriented committed to not b) A beneficial experience in personal therapy can living fully rather than settling for mere existence. 5. Authentic, sincere, and honest who they are in further enhance a therapists interpersonal skills that are essential to skillfully practicing therapy. their professional work and their personal life is congruent. c) Successful personal therapy can contribute to a therapists ability to deal with the ongoing stresses 6. Have a sense of humor able to put events of life in perspective able to laugh. associated with clinical work. by participating in personal therapy, counselors can prevent 7. Make mistakes and are willing to admit them. do their potential future countertransference from harming not dismiss their errors nor dwell on them. 8. Generally live in the present clients.