Communication Skills for the HS Prof
November 26, 2010
My Beliefs, Values, and Clinical Gestalt
With Individuals and Systems Paper
The main goal of the Social Service professional is to assist individuals in meeting their basic physical and emotional needs, when one cannot meet his or her needs on their own. Generally speaking this objective is straight forward, but there are times when we will come across clients who we may find hard to accept. In this field there will be clients who hold; various belief systems, values, cultural background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or criminal past we are unfamiliar with or don’t necessarily agree with. It is essential for the counselor to recognize the areas that affect them the most and work on building empathy for the individuals they may not understand. This can be a very daunting task that requires us to look deep inside ourselves and explore feelings and beliefs that we feel strongly about.
In general I consider myself a relatively empathetic individual, but even I know that this is not true in all cases. We all have our own personal belief system, values, past experiences, and cultural beliefs that shape us into the person we are. Naturally there will be times in our lives when these systems are challenged and questioned and we are forced to deal with them head on. The important thing to keep in mind when our values are challenged is to assure we recognize that accepting the individual we are not condoning their behavior. :
As clinicians, we need to be aware of our values and how they influence our response to clients in ways that may leave them feeling unaccepted. Clinicians must be dedicated to being nonjudgmental- unconditionally accepting people for who they are without necessarily accepting all of their behaviors (Murphy 2003). As the text book states accepting their behaviors and accepting the individual are two complete different issues and it...
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