My Personal Perspective Of Counseling

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As I have stated throughout this paper, it is difficult to discern a child’s desire to change verses an adult’s desire for them to change. This applies to goals of counseling as well. In reality, parents, teachers, and administrators determine when counseling has been effective. Typically children in schools are referred to counseling for externalizing behavior, these behaviors can be easily measured and tracked. Counseling is considered effective when the behavior of referral has decreased. All expenditures in a school have to be justified, demonstrating a change in externalizing behaviors is one way to do this. From my personal perspective, counseling is effective when a child has increased awareness of why they engage in a behavior. Counseling in schools often focuses on decreasing a behavior, not assisting the child in identifying why they engage in behavior. I also think counseling is effective when a child has greater self-acceptance and personal agency. As I have reiterated, I think change occurs by modifying cognitions and developing a more robust narrative. An effective therapist helps a child develop a meaningful narrative, and modifies maladaptive assumptions. I think the concept of becoming one’s own therapist is important with children. I want to give children the tools to maintain change. Within the confines of a school setting, therapy ends when the child’s Individual Education Plan indicates, or when administrators and teachers are no longer willing to allow
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