A Mindful Examination of One Counselor's Process
Presented by Tom Eckart, M. Ed., LPCC-S
I have coached soccer for over 35 years, and still every time I show up at a complex to run a training session I watch what the other coaches are doing, and how they interact with their players, and sometimes ask them questions, because I am always interested in learning something new. As counselors/therapists, we don't often get to see how other clinicians work, or how they interact with their clients, so I have always felt I was having to figure things out on my own. So over the past few weeks I have been doing a mindful examination of my own process, and asking myself questions about why and how I do certain things, from the assessment process through to the conclusion of treatment. This is a presentation of what I have learned.
As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be able to:
- List at least three ideas about what to look for during the clinical assessment process, and how to present the information in a coherent narrative.
- Identify pertinent information from the social (extended) history which informs us about the client’s presenting problems, thought patterns, and ineffective coping skills.
- Demonstrate an understanding of effective ways to initiate clinical treatment, and plan therapeutic goals.
- Compile a list of potential ways to manage resistance and stagnation at various phases of the counseling process.
- Explain when and how to begin the process of terminating the counseling relationship.
2.0 hours of continuing education credit will be available to those who complete the entire course presentation, take and pass the post-test (70% of questions, at a minimum, must be answered correctly), and complete a course evaluation.