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    Explain how your values might influence your work with clients who have values different from your own.

    Explain how you would use silence or self-disclosure to maintain a therapeutic alliance with a client who holds values different from your own.

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    Explain how your values might influence your work with clients who have values different from your own.

    Whether or not a counselor should impose their personal values on a client depends on many different factors. The client's current values, beliefs, and cultural background need to be considered first. Trying to teach or change a client's values can hinder his/her ability to make their own decisions as they work toward their goals. There are two extremes to this. The counselor who believes that their task is to promote their client into adopting their values that they see as being better than the clients and the counselor who keeps their beliefs private from their client for fear of taking away a client's autonomy.
    As a professional counselor, it is important to respect the adult's values and beliefs and not impose the counselor's personal views on them. This can be very difficult to do. Most of the adults who come into the Counselor's office have low self-esteem and are struggling with who they are or where they fit in. Some of the choices they make in order to fit in to a group and be accepted by their peers may not be acceptable to the counselor due to their counselor's ...

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