Personal Theoretical Orientation Assignment : Jones And Butman

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Personal Theoretical Orientation Assignment
Jones and Butman (1991), along with Corey (2013), comment that theoretical orientations and allegiances tend to change with time and experience. Students are introduced to popular psychotherapies, and eventually gain experience working with them. During their training they interact with experienced instructors who offer their insights and preferences. Once in practice, the therapist learns what works for them and their clients, and what does not. To be sure, personality, training location, instructors, and worldview (or Weltanschauung, Ger.) all affect the counselor 's eventual orientation(s). Considerable research supports this reality (Buckman, 2006; Ciorbea and Nedelcea, 2012; Boettcher, Hoffman, & Wu, 2016; Christopher, 2008; Hummel, 2009).
Practitioners eventually confront the limitations of their preferred orientation(s), and wonder why, make adjustments, and move ahead. These minor crises are the building blocks of life lived, an essential component of professional and personal growth. Dr. Corey (2013) notes that over 95% of psychotherapists consider themselves “integrationists”. Jones and Butman (1991) caution, however, that many wind up combining “mutually contradictory concepts and techniques, and approaching the client in a manner that lacks logical coherence” (p. 383). Patterson (as cited in Jones & Butman, 1991) calls this “atheoretical syncretism” (p. 383).
For the overwhelmed student, Corey (2013) reminds…

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