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Formal vs. Informal Counseling

Difference between Formal vs. Informal Counseling. A survey of mental health and includes diagnosis, counseling and effectiveness of counseling. Discuss differentiation of formal (professional) from informal (non-professional) counseling. Why is this differentiation essential?

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1. Formal vs. Informal Counseling. A survey of mental health and includes diagnosis, counseling and effectiveness of counseling. Discuss differentiation of formal (professional) from informal (non-professional) counseling. Why is this differentiation essential?

Counseling comes in two flavors: formal and informal, which are indeed very different, each having advantages and disadvantages based on the situation and person.

INFORMAL COUNSELING

Informal counseling is defined in different ways. It consists of nothing more entering into conversation and listening to someone, such as being available or pulling someone aside for a quiet word about some problem they're having. However, in a work situation, for example, as a supervisor might engage in informal counsel on the spur of the moment about something that happened only a second ago. In fact, this is probably the best use of this type of counseling, according to some.

The important thing to remember about informal counseling is to use the Golden Rule of Counseling - praise in public, reprimand in private. Don't, for example, ever bite a big piece off of someone in front of everybody. All that does is embarrass the person unnecessarily and can destroy their self-esteem. It will also make you seem like a complete tyrant. No one wants to work for someone or be in relationship with someone who, if something goes wrong, will make her or him feel stupid in public. As a professional, your ability to be available for informal counseling e.g. co-worker, person whom are supervising or an employee is ...

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Discussion of the differentiation of formal (professional) from informal (non-professional) counseling and why this differentiation is essential.

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