Coun 500 Personal Identity Paper

1451 Words Feb 20th, 2015 6 Pages
Professional Identity
She’la S White
Liberty University

This paper will provide the reader with a reflection of my professional identity. This will focus on the role of a professional counselor and the differences between a professional counselor and other related professionals. It will also integrate how religious and spiritual beliefs can impact professional counseling. It will summarize my beliefs and values and what I plan to do so that I will not impose my beliefs on clients. Also, I will reflect on what I have learned during this course and how it will impact my future as a counselor.

Professional Identity
Section I: Professional Counselor Role
The role of the professional counselor
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Section II: Religious/Spiritual Beliefs and Counseling
As a counselor, it is imperative that you do not impose your values and beliefs on your clients. According to the American Counseling Association code of ethics (A.4.b., 2005), “counselors should avoid imposing values that are inconsistent with counseling goals”. I was born and raised as a Christian. I believe that a there is only one God and that Jesus was the Son of God. My parents taught me that one should not have sex before marriage, a man and woman suppose to get married, one should not commit adultery, and one should not steal nor kill. Even though these are my beliefs, I cannot let it effect or come into my line of work. As a counselor, I will work with clients with different beliefs, values, nationalities, and cultures on a daily basis. It is important that I explore my own identities, so that it does not affect the clients. Currently, I feel that the only populations that would give me difficulty would be pedophiles and clients with HIV. And as a counselor, I know that I should not feel that way. I should be able to help and support clients without judging. I feel that with maturity and more experience that I would be able to overcome these two concerns.
Section III: Course Experience and Summary
In this course, I have learned a great deal about what a counselor is, how to become a professional counselor, how to

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