Corey, G. (2017). Theory and practice of counseling and psychotherapy (10th ed.). Pacific Grove CA: Cengage Learning.
This week you read chapters 1, 2, and 3 in the Corey textbook, and chapter 3 in the Halbur and Halbur text. I am hopeful that you are beginning to understand the importance of developing your theoretical orientation, and that you are preparing your mind for the journey.
The first three chapters of the Corey text and the Halbur and Halbur text provide a wonderful introduction to the journey on which you are about to embark. Corey talks about the intersection between the person and the professional, as well as ethical considerations in counseling practice. In chapter 2 Corey talks about the counselor’s values. A counselor may work with a client who holds values or beliefs that are different from the counselor’s values and beliefs. It is, therefore, important for counselors to find ways to manage value conflicts that may exist between them and their clients. If you’re still not sure about what you value, revisit the Module 1 supplemental video to get a better idea of how to identify your core values.
For this week’s discussion, think of a client that you would have difficulty working with because of YOUR value system. In your response:
1. Describe the client with whom you would have difficulty working
2. Identify YOUR specific value(s) that conflicts with the client
3. Discuss the corresponding issue(s) or concern(s) that could arise due to your value conflict
4. How would you handle this situation in a counseling setting?
5. Describe at least three (3) “Issues facing beginning counselors”, as discussed by Corey, that you anticipate may be a problem for you. Please elaborate.