Assess the client mental state( suicidal thoughts/ideations) on a regular to prevent any attempts or future thoughts.
During the next week, practice active listening, helpful responses, and asking open questions. Record the interactions and describe your own reactions. Compose 1-3 paragraphs responding to the process.
These tests can further help the TRS form the most beneficial treatment plan for the client.
As a counselor, I would utilize may of the secular assessment tools as a point of reference during some preliminary counseling sessions to get a better grasp on the issue(s) at hand. After assessing the multiple needs of the client, I would then utilize the spiritual assessments. I feel that if introducing spiritual assessments without assessing the individual can cause danger to the client. The reading provided a great example of this danger. It discusses the fact that in Pentecostalism, a person that claims to hear external voices is looked at as normal spiritual connectedness to God. However, “In such cases, a comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine whether the voices are, in fact, a sign of mental illness or are normative, and
The best thing you can do to get people to the point where they are willing to show some vulnerability and trust you with some of the real reasons why they are upset is to engage in Active Listening. Active listening means giving others active physical and verbal signs that you are with them and understand what they are saying.
The ability to listen actively is the most primitive of the communication skill yet the most difficult to master. Active listening is also essential to communicate well with others. Active listening demonstrates both verbally and nonverbally when having a reciprocal conversation that the listener is truly attentive to what it is being said.
Generally used in conjunction with evidence based practice theories, the biopsychosocial spiritual model of assessment is also used with systematic practice theories (MacDonald and Mikes-Liu 2009). The biopsychosocial spiritual framework of assessment can provide a clinician with information that will enable chosen theories and interventions for treatment to be based on a comprehensive view of the person in their environment. It is important to recognize that there are some downfalls the biopsychosocial spiritual framework: there is a lack of clarity regarding what information is needed to form a complete assessment, it 's inability to distinguish between each contributing factor, and its ambiguity as far as the scientific method is concerned (Hatala 2013; MacDonald et al. 2009). In some cases, it may be that the practitioner may lack knowledge about certain parts of the holistic assessment, which may make the assessment in part inaccurate as suggested by Saleeby (1992). Regardless, the strengths of the biopsychosocial spiritual framework are hard to compete with. In understanding the past and present biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual issues, the clinician is able to take into account important aspects relating a client 's growth
The term Assessment can be loosely defined as methods for collecting client information which is then used to facilitate clinical decisions and provide information to clients (Whiston, S. C. 2013). There are two different types of assessment, which the mental health profession can use in order to gather information and assess their client’s current problem. One type of assessment mental health professions have at their disposal is informal assessment, this type of assessment is usually done and completed by observations.(Whiston, S. C. 2013). The second type of assessment is formal assessment, these assessment are usually completed through the client completing some type of test. (Whiston, S. C. 2013). During the counseling session the counselor
I am glad that you emphasized active listening skills. As stated in the first post, communication is defined as a two-way process to express a message or pass on information and this process has to include a speaker and a listener.
It is a tool used to measure the individual's mental and emotional well-being. Mrs. Smith's test participation and performance indicated that there was sufficient quality and complexity in her responses. Her results are valid and interpretable.
Psychological assessments measure and evaluate information that clients give to psychologists as a result of responses to tests, questions, etc. The psychologist or therapist administers and interprets tools they use in order to measure things such as the client’s status, condition or level of functioning. There are numerous assessment tools such as neuropsychological tests that measure deficits in cognitive functioning and specific clinical issues. Psychological assessments are critical in counseling and clinical practice for various reasons. Psychologists tend to specialize in: observation, interviews, questioning, listening, interpreting, recording of behaviors, and guiding clients through self-reflection sessions to assist them in discovering their strengths and guiding them in addressing their challenges.
Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields (2015) provide six primary methods of assessment in the adult population. The methods of assessment include interviewing, self-reports, reports by others, psychological assessment, direct observation, and performance-based assessment. The most common assessment method is clinical interviews. This method is often used because it provides direct information and nonverbal information. Interviews also allow clinicians to get the background of patients, build rapport with clients, determine follow-up procedures, and evaluate the effects of treatment. Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields (2015) mentions that when clinicians are interviewing older adults, they should keep the sessions short and be aware of any deficits that may interfere with the interview. Self-reports are commonly used in assessment measures. Psychological assessment examines the relationship between an individual 's physical and psychological functioning. An example of a common psychological measure is the electroencephalogram which measures wave in the brain. While performing observations, they can be directed to the presenting problem, structured, or observed in other settings. Performance-baed assessment allows clinicians to gather information by instructing patients to perform specific tasks. Areas such as memory and cognitions are evaluated.
An effective listening skill is a technique where millions of people use in counseling, conflict resolution, and even for training purposes. It actively absorbs information given by the speaker, and also shows that you are interested and paying attention to what the speaker is saying. You also give the listener feedback on what they have heard from the presenter by paraphrasing or even restating in their own words. You also give back verbal communication such as writing notes that would include trying to choose the correct words, and the moments where you should not speak while the presenter is speaking to you.
Active Listening - listening to the words being said, the tone in which they are said and paying acute attention to the non-verbal communication. This has many benefits it supports the client to feel understood, valued and accepted. This in turn will support the client to feel empowered. Active listening supports the counsellor to understand what is being said and to identify the clients’ thoughts and feelings. Active listening is a skill that needs to be practiced and developed. Barriers to the process could include the environment for example external noise and interruptions may cause distractions. The counsellor overthinking about how to respond to what is being said rather than actively listening, it takes practice to develop the ability to refrain from doing this. Or the counsellor may pre-empt, move ahead in their own mind as to the direction in which the client is taking the conversation blocking the ability to be open. The counsellor needs to be mindful or not allowing their own past experiences to cloud their thoughts and feelings towards the subject which may inhibit the ability to actively listen to the client.
As a counselor, self-understanding is important to be skilled helper. By understanding own strength and weakness, I can reflect myself for improvement.