By Patricia McCarthy Veach
Designed as an reduction to scholars in Genetics counseling sessions and pros attracted to honing their talents, Facilitating the Genetic Counseling Process will consultant the reader throughout the why's and how's of helping consumers with those advanced concerns. The authors' collective years of either educating scholars and counseling consumers is mirrored within the transparent, sensible technique of this manual.
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6. What have you learned about yourself as a helper since the beginning of the course? What are your strengths? What are areas for needed improvement? What can you do in the future to improve in these areas? What are behavioral goals that you would like to accomplish to lessen these limitations? 7. How have your beliefs about helping changed since the beginning of the course? Annotated Bibliography Bernard, J. M. (1988). Receiving and using supervision. , Cormier, L. , eds. ). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 153-169.
The counseling process is multifaceted, involving the psychological assessment of client strengths, limitations, needs, values, and decision making styles; a range of counseling skills are needed for a positive outcome; counseling must be specific to the client and flexible; and the counselor must attend to his or her inner self. • Education is only one means that is used to meet the end goals described above. • The counselor-client relationship is mutual. In comparing the models, Kessler (1997a) states, “The net psychological impact of this strategy [the teaching model] is to enrich the authority, status, and ego of the professional at the expense of the client.
Become aware of one’s own cultural biases and attitudes. p65 34 6/20/03, 3:30 PM Models and Methods of Practice in Genetic Counseling 35 What are the characteristics that comprise a culturally skilled counselor? Like other counseling skills, these have no terminal skill level. Becoming culturally competent is a continuing learning process. Also, as with other counseling skills, our clients have much to teach us in this process. Sue and Sue (1990) stress three major goals to work toward becoming a culturally skilled counselor: • Actively engage in the process of becoming aware of one’s own assumptions about human behavior, values, biases, preconceived notions, personal limitations, and so forth.
Facilitating the Genetic Counseling Process: A Practice Manual by Patricia McCarthy Veach