Managing My Values With Clients

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As my internship is more research based as compared to a clinically based internship, I couldn’t directly relate to the Corey and Corey chapter three reading about managing my values with clients, since I do not have any client interaction. However, I am leaning towards a more clinically based career in the future; therefore, as I was reading this chapter, I mainly thought about how I would react should issues regarding my values arise once I become a clinician. While reading, I completed the self-inventory to analyze how my values will play in my work. One statement says: “It is appropriate to express my views and expose my values as long as I do not impose them on clients.” My first reaction was to say that this statement is true; however reading on, I became more uncertain. Even though you may not have any intentions to impose your views on someone, you never know how vulnerable a client will be to being influenced. This could also be problematic if the client is too eager to please you or embrace your value system due to the nature of the counseling relationship. If the client is looking for approval, it will be easier for them to emulate your values instead of sharing their own. After reading these different perspectives, my view changed in that you should try to avoid talking about your own values, because it is unsure how perceptive the client will be towards them. On another note, I realized when reading about the needs of different communities that, although I
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