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***** 2 - The Counselor as a Person and as a Profession*****l

The Bible and Sun Tzu's Art of War contained the universally accepted maxim, "Know thyself." Be it in the pr*****ession of spirituality or warfare, understanding "me, myself and I" is a prerequisite in be*****g able to perform tasks relative to ***** trade. ********** the same way as the noble vocation of counseling seeks to help those in need, the counselor must "know oneself" too in order to be ***** ***** effectively carry out the functions of his office. It is not enough for a counselor to have the tra*****ing, tools and techniques to "do counseling" but rather, it is important for the ***** ***** be free of personal conflicts, biases, problems and anxieties lest he *****comes a detriment to t***** care of ***** clients.

***** (2002) states that "***** be an affective counselor:

Learn as much ***** possible ab***** the profession

Don't bring personal *****sues into a session

***** you h*****ven't learned to deal with your own pain, how c***** you be effective in helping someone else?

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co*****workers, social contacts, etc); this is unethical and ***** be dealt ***** Don't Ever Become Sexually Involved With A Client (2-Year waiting period)

The points listed by Merryman have been discussed exhaustively in the chapter but of *****e is the one ma*****taining that, "If you haven't learned ***** deal with ********** ***** pain, how can you be ***** in helping someone else?" Besides the "own pain" described, which mirrors "unresolved *****" - there ***** also the need to fulfill "personal **********." One answer to ***** burning question a counselor faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the profession of helping o*****rs, no doubt a ***** at least once in his ***** will require the help of another professional. "The critical point is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal *****s but how ***** are ***** with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be ***** the problem-laden counselor ***** cope with his situation but only ***** a certain ***** - and what if the predicament boils over? A brave face ***** a steadfast attitude may not be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's problems may affect ***** way he deals ***** his clients. Once t***** happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness of the counselor in ***** o*****rs when he himself ***** in dire need of counseling.

Several options are available ***** t***** counselor to remedy personal *****. The first rule though is to have "self-awareness" by understanding ***** is a problem, then admitting the ***** indeed ex*****ts and finally, seeking remediation. Fortunately for the struggling *****, counseling programs are available in the ***** way they ***** available ***** non-counseling personnel and more spec*****ically, the programs have been developed to deal exactly with the needs of the counselor. Personal or group therapy can be sought as well as other new ***** diverse


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