Theoretical Orientation Case Study

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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
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Outside efforts, and pressures will only produce slight, temporary change. Even the most miserable people prefer their current state over change, because of the uncertainty it brings. As Scripture says, “The dog turns to his own vomit again,” and “the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire” (1Pet. 2:22, WEB). Fernando (2007) mentions Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, A Christmas Carol, and how it took facing death to change Scrooge’s heart. Yalom (1980) said, “Life and death are interdependent; they exist simultaneously, not consecutively; death whirs continuously beneath the membrane of life and exerts a vast influence upon experience and conduct” (as cited in Fernando,

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