Importance Of Beliefs In Counseling

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After taking the Attitudes and Beliefs Inventory by Corey and Cory (2011), I have found that there are several situations in counseling that I feel uncomfortable with or unequipped to handle. In most of these situations it is due to my personal beliefs on the situation that I feel uncomfortable. I have learned and established these values, with the help of various people in my life. There are several things I need to work on personally, in order to overcome and be able work through these situations should they arise in my counseling profession.
Reactions
There were several questions from this inventory that evoked a strong reaction from me. Most of them were due to the fact that they went directly against my personal values and beliefs.
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This one is probably the hardest for me, because I personally have seen what this type of things does to the children. It is very difficult to see how great of an impact this has on the children and their future. I have been taught my entire life by my parents, that when you marry someone, it is a lifelong commitment that you cannot back out of, when you decide you do not like the arrangement anymore. This has caused me to look very at divorce or separation in a very negative way. Also, I have worked with a number of children whose parents are divorced or separated and I have what it does to them. They often have feelings of abandonment or feel like they are being pulled in two different directions. So this accompanied with the beliefs I have been taught, has caused me to be against divorce.
Action
There are many different things that I need to work on in my professional and personal life in order to be able to work around these issues. One of the ways that I can work around and through these issues professionally is by following the ACA Code of Ethics section A.4b which states,
Counselors are aware of and avoid imposing their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Counselors respect the diversity of clients, trainees, and research participants and seek training in areas in which they are at risk of imposing their values onto clients, especially when the counselor’s values are inconsistent with the client’s goals or are discriminatory in nature (ACA,

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