Identifying underlying feelings that your clients might be experiencing, yet unable to identify for themselves, can be a challenge. But it is an important part of the counseling process. Assisting the clients to process their emotional connections to their stories can be the therapeutic key to healing. This also connects with the counselor’s holistic work with clients. For this reason, the first part of this module’s assignment begins with identifying emotional (i.e., feeling) words that can be grounded in five core feeling words: angry, sad, lonely, scared, and happy.
Additionally, it is beneficial for counselors to be encouraging within the counseling session. However, counselors do not compliment but encourage by recognizing effort and process, and noticing how they “are” with their clients. To understand this phenomenon, identifying others in your life from whom you have felt encouraged and how they have done this can help you model their methods with your clients. The second part of this module’s assignment is designed for you to refine your understanding of encouragement.
For this assignment, you are to follow the directions to fill out a Feelings template. Then, you will read two articles involving encouragement and write a 3- to 4-page response.
Part 1: Nothing But Feelings Template
Using the Nothing But Feelings Template:
Part 2: Encouragement
First, read and analyze these two articles related to the counseling relationship:
Now, complete the following in 3–4 pages:
Your response document will be a Microsoft Word document written in APA format, and should be approximately 3–4 pages in length.