Family Counseling Experience

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Interning at the Exchange Club Family Center throughout my fall semester has been an enriching experience. Deciding to intern with them has been one of the greatest decisions I have made as an undergraduate student, because I was able to gain first-hand experience in the counseling field. Being the only bilingual intern also gave me the opportunity to witness how family therapy is conducted since I was responsible for facilitating communication between the clinical counselor and our clients. Without fluently speaking a second language, I would have not been able to attain receive this opportunity. Learning about open-group counseling practices was not the only type of counseling I was exposed to. Being a bilingual intern also provided me with …show more content…
My schedule at the Exchange Club was on Monday afternoons from 4 to 9 and Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 8. On Mondays, group therapy was conducted on site. On Tuesday nights, we were off site at a church located on Hickory Hill Rd. During these two days, I had several responsibilities. First, as an undergraduate intern I do not have the qualifications to assess and interview prospective clients. However, while intakes were assessed, I was responsible for assisting children and mothers as they complete their paperwork in case of any questions.. Throughout the intake process, I was also responsible for engaging with children in order to make them feel comfortable and welcomed; this was especially important considering that these children and teenagers have witness domestic violence at …show more content…
During occasions were we did not have any play therapy clients, I had the opportunity to speak to Mary Jane about my experience at Christian Brothers University and my future career goals. I expressed to her my interest in counseling and the reasons behind deciding to take this career path. In return, she advised me about the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health. By being in the field of counseling for over 25 year, she suggested I attain my Masters in Social work as this degree will create better job opportunities. A Masters in Social Work will not limit me to one career path because I will be qualified to attain positions that require other kills besides counseling. In all, she informed me of the better job opportunities that I will be able to find and that will contribute to my professional

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