Discussion questions and answers should be 250 words minimum with solid academic content. Use two academic references or more per answer apart from the referenced exercise pages.
Egan, G. (2014) The skilled helper: A problem management and opportunity development approach to helping (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole Publisher. ISBN-13: 9781285065717
515 – 2-1 (DUE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018)
Read and complete the “Empathetic Listening Practice Exercise.” What did you learn from the exercise? What went well? What could have gone better? How well did you feel you attuned to your volunteer client?
515 – 2-2 (DUE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018)
Read and complete the “Probing and Summarizing Practice Exercise.” What did you learn from the exercise? What went well? What could have gone better? How well do you feel that your probing and summarizing furthered the counseling process?
515 – 3-1
You notice that a client has started to withdraw and engage in some “Yes, but…” behaviors. What are some strategies you could use to help reengage this client?
515 – 3-2
Read and complete the “Challenging Practice Session.” What did you discover during the practice session? What did you learn about yourself as a new counselor to be?
515 – 4-1
Provide a scenario involving a client that you imagine you might encounter in your future field placement setting. Describe what stage of the change process the hypothetical client is in. How would you move the client to the next stage?
515 – 4-2
Read and complete the “Problem Identification Practice Exercise.” How did your problem identification process go? What went well? What could have been better? What difficulties did you run into in identifying the problem?
515 – 5-1
Why is identifying the “real story” important for effective counseling? What difficulties could occur if you do not focus your counseling on the “real story?” Explain how you would handle a client who states he is feeling hopeless and helpless. How would you assess for suicidality? If the client only has fleeting thoughts but no plan, what strategies might you employ?
515 – 5-2
Read and complete the “Reframing Practice Exercise.” How did the exercise go? What did you learn from it and how will this impact your counseling practice?
515 – 6-1
What are some strategies you can use to help clients envision different possibilities? Choose a counseling theory you are considering using and explain how it could be used to help the client see different perspectives. How might a client’s developmental stage impact the treatment plan?
515 – 6-2
Read and complete the “Creating Possibilities Practice Session.” How did the practice session go? What went well? What could have been better? What did you learn from the process that will help with your counseling practice?
515 – 7-1
What can you do as a counselor to help clients develop the support that they need to continue the progress they have made in therapy?
515 – 7-2
Read and complete the “Action Planning Practice Exercise.” What did you learn from the exercise? What problems might you encounter in carrying out this action plan? How might this apply to your counseling practice?
515 – 8-1
You want clients to leave counseling with solutions for the dilemmas that initially brought them to counseling. You also want them to learn resiliency skills that will help them master future challenges. What are some skills or resources that you would like clients to learn in the counseling process? Explain how you might provide education, suggest, or even model these skills.
515 – 8-2
Do you think personal counseling should be required for all people practicing psychotherapy? Why or why not?
Rathus, S. A., Nevid, J. S., & Fichner-Rathus, L. (2017). Human sexuality in a changing world (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN-13: 9780134525068.
530 – 2-1 (DUE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018)
Explain how you could use the information contained in the Masters and Johnson Human Sexual Response Cycle and the Kaplan three Stages of Sexual Response in your work with clients. In your response, include a clinical scenario to illustrate your points.
530 – 2-2 (DUE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2018)
Why is it important for counselors to understand the similarities and differences between the sexual response cycles in men versus women?
530 – 3-1
Identify four countries/cities around the world and identify their cultural/faith-based and legal approach to prostitution.
530 – 3-2
Do you believe that pornography can be addictive? Why or why not? What are some dangers and benefits to pornography? Be sure to support your rationale.
530 – 4-1
What communication problems might you expect to see in counseling clients engaged in romantic relationships?
530 – 4-2
What communication struggles have you experienced personally in your life? What communication skills do you feel you could improve upon in your relationships?
Note: This refers to general communication skills, not necessarily romantic relationships.
530 – 5-1
Do you feel that a client with a sexual dysfunction disorder would respond to therapy differently than a person with a paraphilic disorder? What are unique issues related to treating each disorder?
530 – 5-2
What are some psychosocial causes of sexual dysfunction? How might sex therapy be used to treat some of these causes?
530 – 6-1
Discuss the special issues that a counselor needs to be aware of regarding childhood and adolescent sexual development. Why is it important to understand these issues?
530 – 6-2
Discuss the special issues that a counselor needs to be aware of regarding adult sexual development. Why is it important to understand these issues?
530 – 7-1
What are some considerations for working with elderly clients who may have cognitive memory impairment? Include at least three communication methods.
530 – 7-2
Explain why it is necessary as a counselor to have a working knowledge of cognitive and physical development among the elderly.
530 – 8-1
How do substance use disorders affect older adults? Does it affect older populations differently than younger people? Explain.
530 – 8-2
Write a short scenario that gives a fictional example of an ethical or legal issue you could encounter when working with an aging or vulnerable adult client. Describe what you could do to protect yourself in a situation similar to the scenario you describe.