Difference and Diversity Assignment

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Difference and Diversity

Assessment Criteria 1.1 - Using examples, evaluate the relevance of the following in the counselling process:- stereotyping, language issues, different belief systems, family structures, family life experiences.

All of the above issues will have an impact on the counselling process. Both the client and counsellor are individuals and bring with them often vastly different experiences, backgrounds and values. It is interesting to look at these factors and examine how they may influence the counselling process and the relevance they have.
I come from a middle class background, am white, middle-aged, heterosexual, british etc - I would imagine, although I see myself as totally normal/average, many people I will
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As a counsellor our personal belief systems will clearly shape our counselling philosophy and how we practice, and whilst we strive to be accepting of all clients/individuals, some may not be comfortable with us. There will, of course, be very differing belief systems between client and counsellor often. Everyone has different belief systems. There will be times, when as counsellor we may feel huge conflict. It will always be necessary to note any differences and consider whether we can put them to one side and continue to work in a therapeutic and beneficial way with the client. An example of this could be maybe if the client was a regular dope smoker and the counsellor was very anti drugs, would the counsellor be able to still provide unconditional positive regard and empathy to the client? The counsellor would be obliged to take this to supervision to work through it, if possible.
Religion and culture will always form strong, in depth belief systems in individuals and I can see that there could be clashes of interest if the counsellor and client have different religious beliefs. There are so many emotive topics involved in religion, but one that springs to mind is the sanctity of marriage, a counsellor couldn't condone a person staying in an abusive relationship but they could make them aware of another choice and recognise, openly how difficult the situation is for the client. It could be that once the client is able to think this through then they can move
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