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Emerging Views on Counseling Theories- Reaction Paper

Emerging Views on Counseling Theories- Reaction Paper

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This assignment from my Counseling theories class was for us to share our reaction/interpretation of a few of the theories that we learned about this semester.
This assignment from my Counseling theories class was for us to share our reaction/interpretation of a few of the theories that we learned about this semester.

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Page 1Emerging Views: My Perspective & Interpretation of Counseling Theories presented inCSL 686 Counseling Theories & InterventionsTe-Erika PattersonBarry UniversitySpring 2008Instructor: Dr. Richard Tureen
 
Page 2At the onset of my graduate education in Marriage/Family/Couples Counseling, Ihad no idea what to expect from my courses. Much to my surprise I found that I would belearning about the many theoretical approaches used by outstanding psychologists to helptheir clients reclaim or gain the peace of mind they need to enjoy their lives.There are two different schools of therapy:
Modernist-
Objectivist, Linear View, “Expert” stance, “Truth” can be knownFrom the modernist view-point all clients are pathologized and labeled as deviants for their issues. The modernist therapist will likely treat the client as the root of the problem,suggesting that the client is the problem.
Postmodernist-
Perspectivist, Non-Linear View, All observation is mediated throughtheory, “Non-Expert” stanceFrom the post-modernist view-point all clients are viewed as separated from the issuethey are seeking help with. The post-modernist therapist will likely treat the probleminstead of the client, allowing the client to feel as though the problem isn’t within, but anoutside issue that can reworked and made manageable.In the
Narrative
Approach to therapy we learned:
 Name the problem
Personify the problem and attribute oppressive intentions and tactics to it
 
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Investigate how the problem has been disrupting, dominating or discouraging the person and the family.
Discover moments when the client hasn’t been dominated or discouraged by the problem or when life has not been disrupted by the problem.
Finding historical evidence to bolster a new view of the person as competentenough to have stood up to, defeated and escaped from the dominance of the problem.
Evoking speculation from the person about what kind of future is to be expectedfrom the strong, competent person who has emerged from the interview so far.
Finding or creating an audience for perceiving the new identity and new story.
Corey, G., (1996). Theory and Practice of Counseling Psychotherapy, 5
th
Edition, PacificGrove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
In learning about
 Deconstruction
we learned:
By viewing knowledge as locally produced and related to networks of power, weare in essence deconstructing ideas, concepts and interactions. We are “troubling”the familiar ideas of what something is or what it means rather than someone being deficient.
We can break down the notion of pathology or deficiency into what discourses areat play and how this particular problem identity or situation was constructed.

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