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Value Conflicts Between Counselors and Patients

Give an explanation of how the professional counselor values might influence their work with clients who have values different from their own. Then, explain how they could use silence or self-disclosure to maintain a therapeutic alliance with a client who holds values different from their own. Be specific, and use examples to illustrate your explanation.

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(1) Give an explanation of how the professional counselor values might influence their work with clients who have values different from their own.

An operational definition for values is that they are things or concepts that a person holds important or central to self-identity, self-worth and self-direction in life. They may include: (a) acceptance (to fit in with others), (b) authority (to be in charge of other), (c) creativity (new and original ideas), flexibility (able to adjust to new situations), to name a few. As they govern a person's life, values may be difficult to change. However, it is important for counselor to recognize that there are different value systems, and when providing counsel, they should not impose their values upon a client. For instance, the counselor who holds different standards for men and women will not be able to effectively counsel with women who view themselves on the same level with men. Another area in which the values of a counselor may influence the client is the attempt to instill values in a client that are a part of his or her culture, but not be the same values that another culture holds. For example, ...

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This solution explains how the values professional counselors might influence their clients in 564 words with three APA references.

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