Counseling Self Evaluation
As a learner I would evaluate myself as having acquired the necessary basics which are fundamental in the attainment of successful counseling sessions which are highly professional and ethical. Having studied the code of ethics in counseling has increased my insight on various procedures which are carried out by counselors to assure clients that they are in safe hands and that they have someone who will help them resolve their problems. However, as a learner at this stage, I can only handle less fragile cases as I am yet to gain all the necessary skills and knowledge which is significant to cater for complex issues. Hence on a scale of 1-5 I would award myself a three as am half way towards gaining all the required skills.
- According to my self evaluation procedures, I have been able to accumulate a variety of strengths over the period that I have been attending professional issues and ethics in counseling classes. One of the strengths I have discovered is that I am a beneficence person in that my sole aim of engaging in counseling classes is that I am committed to promoting the well being of people who are in need of counseling or therapy sessions. The other strength is based on being a good listener especially for clients who need a shoulder to cry on. This is evident in the way in which clients who seek someone to listen to their problems or challenges always relieved when they realize that they have a center stage to speak out while I just listen patiently.
However, there are some areas which need to be worked on such as avoiding empathetic situations as sometimes I get carried away by the client’s woes until tears well up in my eyes. Hence with time I need to work on that as a way of maintaining professionalism in my work rather than help in sorting the problem. The other area which needs working on is that at times I have failed to carry out follow ups on certain cases owing to too much class work. Thus I need to develop a schedule which will give me more time for professional work so as to make follow ups on my client’s life as a way of making sure that the problem is being solved.
On the scale my strengths are 1 out of 5 while the weaknesses take a 2 as they have been the reason as to why my level of competency is not at per.
3. I have taken up much responsibility in my own learning by buying quite a variety of self help books which are bound to increase my self confidence, as well as, providing adequate solutions to problems associated with my weaknesses. These books are quite useful as some of them also illustrate various counseling session tactics to make the client feel at ease hence open up more sufficiently thus making the entire session successful.
Other than the self help books I have been engaging in peer counseling sessions where I have managed to seek my peers advice and assistance in identifying problems or strong points in the way in which I conduct my counseling through use of virtual counseling. This was the eye opener into establishing and pointing out my strengths and weakness stated above as my friends as spectators were able to point them out for me.
Consequently, after this program I want to enroll into a psychotherapy program which will arm me with adequate skills that will contribute to execution of psychotherapeutic actions to clients seeking such treatment hence making me more resourceful in the counseling profession.
On the 1-5 self evaluation scale, I would give myself a four for my efforts in taking responsibility for my own learning while a 5 would be okay for the efforts in investing in myself.
My participation in class has been exemplary especially regarding timely handing in of assignments and other academic work. Similarly, my performance has been above average as all my examinations have been awarded high grades as an indication of my degree of seriousness in academic matters. This has been made easy by my increased interest in the field such that the objective of attaining my dreams has been paramount at making my participation more active in class.
On the scale of 1-5, class participation can be graded as a 4 due to the substantial evidence on the elevated class participation tasks.
- The course material we are contemplating on reading has changed my original perception of counseling as a profession as I never thought that it entailed so much legalities and professionalism. Consequently, the code of ethics has given me more confidence in my career as I know over time I will be in a position to handle all sorts of counseling cases. This has also been quite a challenge especially due to the various disciplines which are related to counseling and are thus essential to gain knowledge on them.
The self evaluation grading for alteration of the initial expectations regarding counseling is 3 on the scale.