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For this discussion, you will take the role of a helping professional counseling a client who has personal values and social worldview perspectives different from your own. Begin by providing a descriiption of a fictitious client. Next, include a one-paragraph descriiption of the client’s presenting problem.
Minimally, include the following information included below. You are welcome to include additional information about the client. Utilize the headings and subheadings provided below.
Relationship status (if applicable for the client’s age)
For this aspect, refer to the article, Loosening Categorical Thinking: Extending the Terrain of Theory and Research on Demographic Identities in Organizations. Assume your client’s identity is one of the “nonnormative” identities discussed in the article. Specify which descriiption best applies to your client and why. Indicate whether different descriiptions apply to different family members and if some family members have “normative” demographic identities while others have “nonnormative” identities.
Immigrant status (1st generation, 2nd generation, etc.)
Employment (if relevant)
Substance use/abuse history
Family of origin characteristics (raised by a two-parent heterosexual couple, two-parent gay couple, single parent [specify gender and sexual identity], rural, urban, suburban, affluent, low income, etc.)
Family of origin concerns (substance use/abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, parent or other family member with mental illness, etc.)
Presenting Concerns and Goals (One Paragraph)
Reason for referral, including at least one mental health-related diagnosis using accurate diagnostic terminology from the DSM-5-TR. To access the DSM-5-TR,
Go to the UAGC Library home page.
Click “Find Articles and More.”
Click “Databases by Subject.”
Scroll down the page and click “DSM-5 Library.”
From the DSM-5 Library drop-down menu, select, “DSM-5-TRTM.”
Specific symptoms of concern in terms of problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Additional information you deem relevant to their case (client was brought in by a parent/legal guardian, client is self-referred, client is court-referred, client was coerced to attend counseling by a spouse or partner threatening to leave, client has been in and out of treatment for 10 years, etc.).
At least two treatment or intervention goals for the client.
Client and Helper Values (One Paragraph)
Identify key values of the client and your own values as a helper. If you are not comfortable with self-disclosure around this topic, you may create a set of values for a fictitious helper. Specify where values of the client and helper differ.
Summarize ethical concerns that could arise if the helper with the values you identified imposed their values onto the client you described.
Social Justice Competencies (One Paragraph)
Identify any inherent inequities in social systems that your client has encountered.
Discuss how any of the following may (or may not) have impacted your client: oppression, discrimination, privilege, power relations, and social inequities.
Identify at least one action you can take to help your client, or their family, navigate a specific system effectively or an action you can take to affect positive change in a system the client needs to access to improve their condition.
Modeling Cultural Humility
Referring back to the intervention goals you identified, write a dialogue of at least ten sentences between the helping professional and client. The content in the dialogue should demonstrate the helping professional discussing aspects of an intervention plan in a manner modeling cultural humility. Minimally, include language to show how you would acknowledge the client’s concerns and present your treatment or intervention recommendations. In addition to the written dialogue, you may upload an optional video of yourself demonstrating this dialogue with a fictitious client.
Following the dialogue, answer each of the following questions:
Reflection: What can I learn from a client like this who represents different values and perspectives from my own?
Respect: What specifically would I say or do to demonstrate respect for this client?
Regard: What biases could negatively impact my interactions with this client and what can I do to prevent these biases from interfering with the client’s progress?
Relevance: How is cultural humility relevant in my interactions with this client?
Resiliency: How might interacting with this client impact my personal resiliency?
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