This week, we discuss competency 13, which addresses the specific techniques used within the counseling session. Previously, we have discussed the counselor's limitations, attitude of acceptance, clinician's choice of language, recognizing spiritual themes, intake, and diagnosis, but today we get to the meat of the spirituality subject - counseling techniques.
As we discussed in previous weeks, the client's spiritual and religious beliefs can directly impact the pieces of the counseling process, such as the intake session, counseling rapport, and diagnosis. ASERVIC Competency 12 addresses how the client's spiritual and religious beliefs should also affect the goals that the client wants to address.
This week, we focus on ASERVIC Competency 11: diagnostic planning. Throughout the past ten competencies, we've discussed how a client's spirituality, religion, and ethical values can affect the counseling process, specifically in all areas, from intake to termination. One of the more controversial parts of the counseling process - diagnosis - is no different.
This week, we focus in on ASERVIC Competency Ten - the first of the fourteen competencies to review the intake process. Until now, all previous nine competencies have covered the general relationship between the client and clinician throughout the counseling process. This competency covers specifically the clinician's goals before the first session, and during the initial intake session.
The professional counselor can recognize spiritual and/or religious themes in client communication and is able to address these with the client when they are therapeutically relevant. For more information on the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies, visit the ASERVIC Website. Visit these websites for more information on the American Counseling Association or the Virginia Counselor's Association. Competency … Continue reading ASERVIC Competencies Series: Competency Nine
This week, consistency is king. Because you're following Competency Seven, as a helping professional, you're having conversations with your client about their understanding of their spirituality, religion, and values. As with the counseling art as a whole, when speaking with your client, you are to use the language that the client uses.
ASERVIC Competency Five discusses the limitations of counseling professionals, and their responsibility to learn about and consult with religious and spiritual resources to better serve their clients.
"The professional counselor actively explores his or her own attitudes, beliefs, and values about spirituality and/or religion."