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Counselor Reflection Essay

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School counselors are integral team members for any school staff. They help students make responsible decisions; mediate problems; deal with traumatic losses; develop a sense of respect for themselves and others; and plan for college, work, post-secondary training, and lifelong learning. As a school counselor, Nikki Williams has a desire to provide Miller Elementary school with an effective counseling program. This model has allowed her to be more accountable and given her the tools by which to assess the worth of my program and its services. Her knowledge and skills have been expanded through implementation of this program but, more importantly, the tone has been set for who she is as a counselor and where her desire is to go as she…show more content…

She feels it is vital to collaborate with her staff. They meet regularly to review school data and identify obstacles to higher achievement. Through their collaborative efforts they problem solve and share their craft and knowledge. She feels that this encourages more open staff relationships, promotes collegiality, and allows everyone to work towards a common goal. For example, she has been working closely with the teacher of the fifth grade special education group. She meets with this teacher regularly to put a plan in action to best meet the academic needs of these students. Her involvement in grade level and SST meetings give me the opportunity to partner with teachers, school psychologists, and other resource personnel by collaborating to identify and resolve student problems by designing the most appropriate and innovative program or instructional modifications.
Advocacy
To be seen as an advocate for “all students” is important to her; for she is an

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COUNSELING REFLECTION

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my comments. Similarly, this gentle demeanor helps my clients feel as if they are in safeenvironment in which they can freely speak their mind. Dr. McKee also commented on myvoice and said that it will be helpful to me later on and will allow me to perturb the client whilestill maintaining a non-threatening position.In addition to using the L.U.V technique, having an attentive body language, and a softvoice, I believe I also did well with my use of paralinguistic utterances. To encourage my clientto continue telling her story, I made a

subtle “mmmmmm” noise

when she finished a thought orduring an important segment in her narrative. Furthermore, I occasionally used paralinguisticutterances as a

response and “skipped a turn” instead of 

providing a direct feedback. This

 practice of “skipping turns” has been hard for me to employee but I’m starting to

understand itsimportance and how to use it.Specifically, social conversation dictates a 50/50 relationship in which one person speaksand one person listens with the roles continuously switching. However, in counseling, this socialnorm is severely skewed in that the counselor listens more and speaks significantly less. Hencethe expression of 

“skip

ping turns

,” be

cause the counselor is skipping his or her turn in whichthey were supposed to speak. Instead of speaking, the counselor inserts a paralinguistic utteranceor some anticipatory body language to encourage the client to keep speaking.

Aside for “skipping turns”,

it is imperative for a counselor to know how to appropriatelyask questions to his or her client. I also thought I also did well in this area, and asked openquestions that would probe her to more thoughtfully reflect upon her situation. For example, myclient spoke about the importance of getting validation for her profession. Thus, I asked what itwould mean to her if her area of study had that validation. This question lead to her

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