University of Phoenix
December 16, 2010
My Beliefs, Values, and Clinical Gestalt with Individuals and System's Paper Introduction
Working as a Clinician does not just require education. It requires a thorough look into your own values and beliefs. Working as a clinician also requires dignity, the capability of remaining humble, a good set of ethical standards and a big heart when it comes to helping others in need. One of the most important things about being a clinician is maintaining the capability to be aware of your own feelings. To be an effective clinician, you must be able to set aside your own personal feelings and beliefs and in turn focus on the client instead of your own personal beliefs. In this paper, I am going to talk about personal assumptions of clinical helping, how it relates to my own personal beliefs, values, past experiences. I am also going to talk about the larger societal and systems contexts of my life, and the types of clients I work with. I am also going to add some of my personal insights about the strengths that I have and the areas I need work on. Personal Assumptions of Clinical Helping
“The term ‘clinical psychology’ was introduced in 1907 by the American psychologist, Lightner Witmer (1867–1956), who distinguished it from other uses of psychology as the study of individuals, by observation or experimentation, with the intention of promoting change.” (BPS 2005 p. 1) When I first read this paragraph I was unsure if it was exactly what I wanted to put in for this particular section, however, I agree with this 100 percent. Clinical helping is designed to promote change. The word psychology was defined by Wilhelm Wundt who is also considered the father of psychology as "the study of individuals, by observation or experimentation, with the intention of promoting change."
Personal Beliefs of Helping