STAGES OF COUNSELING
Problem Definition: “What’s
Four Major Objectives
Assessment: Gather information
about the client’s problems/concerns in the context of his/her life
and personality. Clarify the key issues for change.
2. Relationship: Establish a working relationship with the client (rapport, trust, etc)
3. Motivate: bolster the client’s resolve to change.
Does the client own the problem?
I want to change vs. I don’t want to change.
I can change vs. I can’t change.
New Perspectives Provided: Challenge
clients with new ways of looking at self, problem (and
strengths/opportunities), others, and the world. Help clients see and understand the impact of
their "blind spots”.
The Therapeutic Contract: The
mutually understood conditions and obligations (client’s and
counselor’s) underlying future counseling sessions.
Openly discussed, freely negotiated, clearly understood by both parties
undiscussed, implied conditions and obligations?
The Fundamental Commitment of Therapy/Counseling
Setting Goals or Determining Outcomes:
What does the client need or want? “What
sense for me?”
Developing and Implementing Strategies and an Overall Plan
for Accomplishing Goals:
“What do I have to do to get what I need or want?”