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

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

Merryman (2002) states that "to be an affective counselor:

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

Don't bring personal issues in***** a session

***** you ********** learned to deal with your own pain, how c***** you be effective in ********** someone else?

Avoid Dual Relationships (friends, family, co*****workers, social contacts, etc); this is unethical and ***** be dealt ***** Don't Ever Become Sexually *****volved 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 your own pain, how can you be ***** in help*****g some***** *****?" Besides the "own *****" descri*****d, which mirrors "unresolved *****" - there is also the need to fulfill "personal *****s." One answer to this burning question a ***** faces throughout his career is self-therapy. Despite being in the ***** of helping o*****rs, no doubt a counselor at least once in his ***** will require the help of another professional. "The critical po*****t is not whether you happen to be struggling with personal questions but how ***** are struggling with them. (Chapter 2)" It may be that the problem-laden ***** can cope with his situation but only to a certain point - and what if the predicament boils over? A brave face and a steadfast attitude may ***** be enough to avert disaster since the counselor's ***** may affect ***** way he deals ***** his clients. Once ***** happens, several ethical concerns will arise and one of which is the effectiveness of the counselor in counseling others when he himself ***** in dire need of counseling.

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


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