A counselor begins to summarize then changes his mind and asks the client to summarize what she got out of a session. What do you think of this approach to a planning summary? Are there any pitfalls to letting the client summarize?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:51 pm ad1c9bdddf
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Having the Client Summarize the Counseling Session:
In my opinion, this may be beneficial to the client and the counselor for a number of reasons. This may allow the counselor to observe what the client "took in" throughout the counseling session. It may also provide an analysis on providing better therapeutic approaches if the message or session was not efficient or obtained. This allows a better understanding for the client to interpret the counseling session and provides a way of reflecting from the session. It can be an open-ended summary and reflective response instead of an informative style.
However, it should be a positive and encouraging summarizing experience for the client. For example, if the counselor asks in a condescending manner as if "testing" the client on their counseling session; this may be a pitfall or negative decision on behalf of the counselor. The client may feel overwhelmed or tested by the counselor and may not return for another counseling session.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:51 pm ad1c9bdddf>