Application: Therapeutic Relationships

Application: Therapeutic Relationships

A child’s or adolescent’s disruptive behaviors can be challenging for a counselor. Disruptive behaviors can interrupt the counseling process, and they often signify the existence of emotions a child or adolescent is unable to express verbally. Some prospective child and adolescent counselors may be ill-equipped to manage disruptive behaviors or recognize that the behaviors are symptomatic of an issue or disorder. This lack of knowledge may elicit a non-therapeutic response from a counselor, which can damage the development of a therapeutic relationship. A therapeutic relationship is vital in order to counsel children and adolescents effectively.

For this Application Assignment, review the Disruptive Behaviors media and select a particular child or adolescent with a disruptive behavior. Consider how the counselor developed and inhibited the therapeutic relationship with the child or adolescent during the counseling sessions.

The assignment (3–5 pages) is in two parts:

· Select one child or adolescent with a disruptive behavior reflected in the media.

Part One

· Critically analyze the less effective counseling session with the child or adolescent with the disruptive behavior you selected.

· Explain one goal the counselor was attempting to accomplish in the counseling approach and why.

· Explain one way this counseling approach is less effective and why.

· Explain one error the counselor made that inhibited the development of a therapeutic relationship and why.

Part Two

· Critically analyze the effective counseling session with the child or adolescent with the disruptive behavior you selected.

· Explain one goal the counselor was attempting to accomplish in the counseling approach and why.

· Explain one way the counseling approach was effective and why.

· Explain two skills the counselor possessed that promoted the development of a therapeutic relationship and why.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

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