Competenceinvolves gathering skills, knowledge, and attitudes to meet intricatedemands by marshaling psychosocial resources in a certain framework.For an individual to be a competent counselor, one has to reach alevel of both professional and personal maturity that allows him/herto take a different perspective, take responsibility for theiractions and also make independent judgments (McCarthy & Archer,2013).
Inwhat ways do you see yourself being particularly competent as acounselor?
Oneof the ways I see myself competent as a counselor is the fact that Iam capable of building fast and trusting relationship with a patient.The ability to try and walk in someone else`s shoes and crossmulticultural boundaries, so that I may understand where a patient iscoming from, the patient`s past and present experiences. Another wayI feel competent is through my observation skills. Apart fromunderstanding a patient, I am keen on observing their physicalreactions and emotions when they are sharing their problems, theirpast involvements. Through this, I can gauge on what counseling styleto use so as to explore some of the patients reactions. Last but notleast the ability to assess and test possible hypotheses so as tounderstand the motivations, mood, and attitude of the client. This isdone through collecting multiple pieces of information into aninterrelated understanding of the problem area (McCarthy, 2004).
Ifyou feel that you are not currently competent, what different coursesof action could you take?
Takingtime off from any counseling sessions has always been my firstpriority whenever I feel as though I am not competent enough. Thisallows me as an individual to self-assess and analyzes myself. I dothis through traveling to different areas, reading through counselingand psychotherapy books and meeting one of my mentors who has been inthe counseling profession for the longest time possible. This helpsset back my priorities right, learn a few basic skills on how tointeract with patients and new counseling styles that I would use inorder to build a long-lasting and trustful relationship with mypatient.
Whatdo you believe are your existing blind spots and how can you dealwith these blind spots?
Themain blind spot as a counselor has been overstepping boundaries oftreatment by being too friendly or rather getting too personal with aclient. Some of the cases that have proven this is when dealing withyoung children who have been through child abuse and sexual abuse.It’s difficult to deal with such cases since there are too manyemotions running through the room, fitting in the clients shoe and atthe same time being a professional can be quite hard in suchinstances. Whenever I experience such a case, I always try to createspaced out schedules with the client, meet at least once in a week.This helps me take control of my emotions and at the same timeprovide treatment and comfort at a professional level.
Whatmulticultural and ethical aspects need to be considered in makingdecisions about competencies?
Multiculturalcompetence refers to the approach of a counseling process from thecontext of a client’s personal culture (McCarthy & Archer,2013). One of the multicultural and ethical aspects that need to beconsidered in making decisions of competencies is a client’sculture but not limited to the beliefs, religion, race and culturalvalues. A competent counselor should be able to do a culturalbackground on the client before the counseling process, this helps toavoid any misconceptions that may arise between the client and thecounselor. It is crucial that a counselor avoids becoming culturallyencapsulated since they risk passing the wrong judgment towards theirclients. A counselor should and must have cross-cultural knowledge,understanding, and respect for the diverse clientele.
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