The Strengths And Challenges Of An Addictions Counselor Essay

726 Words Sep 5th, 2016 3 Pages
The Strengths and Challenges of An Addictions Counselor As a counselor in training, it is my duty to find my strengths and weaknesses in all areas of counseling. Once my strengths are identified, I can work harder to make them even better. The awareness of my weaknesses will allow me to further explore the areas and improve where is needed. The strengths I believe I bring to addictions counseling are empathy and flexibility. The weaknesses or challenges I face because of my own attitudes and beliefs of addiction are not being able to fully understand addiction and relapse. I will explain my strengths and weaknesses in detail, along with providing an action plan to change, in order to become a better counselor.
Two Strengths The first strength I believe will benefit me through addictions counseling is empathy. I can understand and empathize with addicts and their families, because my father was an addict. I have first hand experience of how addiction can ruin families and relationships. For example, my father spent all his money of alcohol and it caused my family to go bankrupt. My mom, sister, and I had no home, no money, and a broken family all because of my father’s addiction. Another strength I could bring to addictions counseling is flexibility. I do not wish to work with addicts in particular, however I know addiction will come up in several different counseling settings. I am flexible and willing to help my clients who are suffering with addiction. My goal is to…

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