Essay on History of Counseling

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History of Counseling Lead to Multidisciplinary Teams
COUN5004
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

History of Counseling Leading to Multidisciplinary Teams Counseling is a relatively new profession which has transformed over time from treating mental illnesses to providing educational guidance to counseling with a variety of specializations. Pistole summarizes by stating that counselors, now, aim to, “contribute to the vitality and vigor and to the soundness in body, mind, spirit, and social connection that sustains well-being, and so is considered, by our society, to be health” (2001). However, this was not always the case. National events such as the industrial revolution, World War
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To assume that a child is struggling due to the change in their environment without performing a functional behavioral assessment would have disadvantages if this was not the underlying reason for his or her behavior in the classroom. The behavioral counselor would coordinate to observe the child within their class to determine the function of the behaviors. Reasons for the child’s behavior may be escape due to a skill deficit and not be associated to the home environment. While a variety of functions are possible, the home environment likely plays a role and should be addressed. It is important to understand the underlying function of the child’s behavior prior to establishing a treatment plan to ensure the team is address to correct underlying problem/s. The Behavioral Counselor would need to coordinate and collaborate with the School Counselor to ensure a unified and supportive team working together to assist the child. The School Counselor would be informed on school policy and resources available to the child while at school. Furthermore, the School Counselor would be able to coordinate the team’s treatment plan with the school district and teachers to ensure proper follow through producing change. Specific goals could be targeted using positive reinforcement opposed to focusing on the maladaptive behaviors elicited by the child. Perhaps the Behavioral Counselor and School Counselor could devise a token economy system

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