To be prepared to explore your theoretical approach, it is important to first determine how you and the profession define counseling and therapy. Provide a definition of counseling that aligns with your beliefs about the therapeutic process, describing what you believe creates change within individuals or family systems. Discuss what factors you expect will influence the development of your theoretical approach as a new counselor. What are some of the benefits of practicing from a well-defined theoretical approach?
Read the posts of your peers, responding to at least one. Expand the discussion in some way by asking questions, clarifying, offering another viewpoint or sharing resources.
This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:
Synthesize knowledge of psychotherapeutic theories into a personal philosophy of counseling.
Develop communications appropriate for the audience.
Use the lexicon of the field.
Apply knowledge of APA style for references and citations.