Community Reflection Paper

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Over the course of Practicum, I have had a unique experience working with different youth in different settings. Throughout this time I also learned about myself that lead me to reevaluate my counseling path. As a counseling student, I was familiar with the concepts of group counseling, however, it was a different learning experience working with resistant youth, especially that was not interested in counseling services. Having in my back of my mind in helping others, I have attempted to help and make the client feel better; especially seeing the clients struggle was really a challenge. There was a desire to help and suggest a solution or comfort, but most of the time wasn’t able due to the group dynamics. It was far more difficult and complicated …show more content…
Because I was assigned to a highly active small group within an age of 6-11 with challenging behavior, I had no chance to exercise my (beginner) skills that I was taught prior to the Practicum. Though I had an opportunity to work with a 9-year-old male client who’s diagnosed with ODD, ADH, and Mood Disorder, it was even more difficult. The goal that I planned and hoped for was to assist the client to control his negative behavior/outburst. I have attempted to encourage the client increasing compliance and get along with others, but he was not receptive to such instruction. While having him in my group, I was able to identify the client’s complex issues and intended to intervene appropriately and effectively, but most of the time it turned out that the client did lead the session. However, I further tried to employ the tools of DBT/CBT concepts to help the client with impulsivity, reactivity to emotions, self-awareness, and maintaining relationships. Additionally, the client’s mental health assessment it was given, I was not able to shadow or conduct any of diagnostic interviews--- I was only able to take it into consideration and act upon, follow the ISP, which was based on his need for …show more content…
As a student, my goal is to fully explore my learning experience. Being close to transition into my internship program, my role will be somewhat different, more favorable although at the same agency, but different location and different settings in seeing Outpatients. I will have opportunities to learn conduct an MHA (Mental Health Assessment), create an ISP (Individual Support Plan), and provide therapy. So far I have gone for an interview, then I was able shadowing a couple of intakes and therapies that I liked so much and I felt the Outpatient setting fits my interest. I aim to seek all opportunities that will arise to learn and practice and help clients effectively and make a positive change in their lives. I truly believe that this opportunity will foster my growth personally and

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