Counseling, A Broad Title

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When I was originally starting this class I did not know what to expect the content to cover since Intro to Counseling is such a broad title. I was actually expecting an overview of counseling techniques, and I would not have guessed at all that a good part of the semester would be spent on consulting techniques instead and how to be resilient in the field. I am glad that the class did cover these topics though, because I feel that I now have a solid foundation to build the rest of the information on that I learn during the rest of the program. One of the most important things that I learned in this class and have incorporated into my foundation is everything that we went over in the Resilient Practitioner book. The entire time I was an undergraduate I knew of the term burnout and I knew that it happened to some people, but that was the extent of my knowledge on the topic. This book taught me exactly how prevalent it can be in the helping fields and it really forced me to reflect on what it would be like if it happened to me. I did not like thinking about this at first, in fact, I think it is safe to say that I hated the first half of the book. It actually scared me so much initially that for a second I questioned why I ever wanted to go into this field, when it sounded like there were so many negative aspects to it. I had never thought about how hard simple things like Skovholt’s cycle of caring would be to do on a regular basis. Some other concepts that either surprised
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