Counseling Disposition Reflection Worksheet

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Dispositions Related to Cultural Competence

Description of how the disposition is met

1. Cultural Diversity

This disposition requires that counselors embrace and appreciate cultural diversity within and without their line of duty. The US is a multicultural nation where every institution is characterized by cultural and linguistic diversity (Gregg &amp Saha, 2006), which are key aspects in counseling psychology professional field, which entails interaction where the counselor is expected to create confidence in the client so as to initiate the guidance process. A good counselor should appreciate, support, and recognize the unique aspects of people within his or her social and cultural context (Gartlehner &amp Grant, 2012). I am a supporter and a fan of cultural diversity. Growing up and schooling in multicultural environments has made me accept and appreciate people from different ethnicities.

2 Professional Identity

To fully qualify in counseling psychology, one must meet the required standards and be registered by the American Counseling Association (ACA) (Research , 2014). This board gives one an identity as a counselor. It further monitors and regulates professional conducts of psychology counselors. It is, therefore, important for registered counselors to adhere to the provided code of conduct as well as enhance professionalism in their line of duty. This helps in promoting client confidence as well as in influencing and upholding professional values such as justice, confidentiality, and fidelity. Being a registered counselor, I uphold and adhere to the practical code of conduct and professionalism.

3. Amiability

It is considered unethical for counselor to be selective or discriminative while attending to clients (Gregg &amp Saha, 2006). Being social enables me to interact and create a rapport with patients from all walks of life. Having grown up in a diverse neighborhood, where racial and cultural discrimination is rare and unheard of, I am able to serve them with no bias or discrimination. Also, during my childhood and all through my education years, I attended multicultural education centre, where social interaction and cohesion was highly encouraged and enhanced. It is from these experiences that I acquired positive amiability skills.

Disposition

Description of how you plan to improve the disposition

1. Self Awareness

Self awareness is a crucial aspect in psychology counseling it plays a key role in preventing poor judgment and biasness (Viswanathan &amp Berkman, 2011). As a counselor, I am faced with the challenge of including objectivity in any judgment. I am more competent in social and family counseling than behavior guidance. Nonetheless, I am faced with the challenge of convincing my clients that they should seek a behavioral psychology counselor. Most patients cannot tell the difference hence, making it a challenge to convince them. To overcome this challenge, I always educate and explain to behavioral psychology clients why they should seek more specialized guidance services. Making loyal clients understand and accept referral is challenging but of essence.

2. Psychological Fitness

Counseling profession requires one to be adequately counseled and guided before attending to clients. This means that a good psychology counselor should create peace or rather should face his/her emotions and mental health issues and somehow gets a way to resolve the issues before embarking on counseling others (Kinne, Patrick, &amp Doyle, 2014). This disposition affects me negatively since I am emotionally weak. A narration of ordeals and past life occurrences make me emotional thus, revealing my psychological unfitness. This portrays unprofessionalism hence, to overcome this weakness I listen to soothing music as well as read more information on emotional psychology before attending a counseling session. In most instances, I prefer going for vacation every end of the year to relax and ease on issues that arise during this professional practice.

References

Gartlehner, G., &amp Grant, M. (2012). Conductingquantitative synthesis when comparing medical interventions: AHRQ andthe Effective Health Care Program. Journalof Clinical Epidemiology , 67-97.

Gregg, J., &amp Saha, S. (2006). Losing cultureon the way to competence the use and misuse of culture in medicaleducation. Academic Medicine, 6-7.

Kinne, S., Patrick, D., &amp Doyle, D. (2014).Prevalence of secondary conditions among people with disabilities.American Journal of Public Health, 3-5.

Research, P. (2014, July 8). ImprovingCultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities for PriorityPopulations. Retrieved August 13, 2016,from Agency For Healthcare Research and Quality:http://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/search-for-guides-reviews-and-reports/?pageaction=displayproduct&ampproductid=1934

Viswanathan, M., &amp Berkman, N. (2011).Development of the RTI item bank on risk of bias and precision ofobservational studies. Journal ofClinical Epidemiology , 32-35.

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