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What differentiates a counseling technician from a professional?

1. will not be likely to make informed choices when faced with clients’unique stories
2. will not have the ability to organize new information in ways that will help them respond meaningfully.


What is one difficulty in teaching counseling theories?

Intersection between students’ meaning-making capacities and their abilities to utilize theory.


How do 3rd-Order meaning-makers accept a theory?

Inclined to accept a theory wholly, without reflection or modification


How do 4th Order, or the self-authoring mind, counselors accept a theory?

Theories are reflected upon, evaluated, and adapted into the individual’s own self-authored theory.


What are benefits of 4th-Order meaning-making structure?

1. Internalize multiple points of view, reflect on them, and construct one’s own theory
2. 4th Order is required for professional decision making


What is the purpose of a counseling theories course?

Introduce counseling theory and its place in the conceptualization of human beings and their problems.


Beyond this basic function, the theories course serves four broad purposes:

1. Introduces the purpose of theories in counseling
2. Presents a range of possible theories
3. Promote students’ meaning-making capacities
4. Encourages students to integrate developmental and counseling models


When selecting theories for the counseling theories course, what should instructors be aware of?

1. An instructor should not privilege one theory over another
2. Theories themselves are constructions
3. Pragmatism should guide the instructor’s selection


RE: counseling theories, what is meant by “noise?”

Information that can’t be handled by a person’s current way of knowing.


RE: counseling theories, how should novel information be presented?

1. Provide stability (supporting the person’s current frame of reference)
2. Provide change (challenging the person’s current frame of reference)


What does the instructor need to do when presenting new counseling theories?

Match the organization of noise to the students’ level of meaning-making


What is the primary goal of the counseling theories course?

Help students develop a flexible, relativistic methodology regarding theory usage.


RE: counseling theories course, describe personal theory.

Humans use the theories that they construct themselves to make meaning out of the world, a theory that didn’t require taking a counseling theories course.


What are 3 phases of the counseling theories course?

1. Discovery and ownership of currently preferred personal theory
2. Informing personal theory (develop into a personal counseling theory)
3. Reconstructing personal theory


What is a central focus of the counseling theories course?

Developmental transformations toward more complex forms of meaning-making while simultaneously introducing student to counseling theories


What are are two hoped-for outcomes of Phase 1: Discovery and Ownership of Personal Theory?

1. increase students’ awareness of their own personal theories
2.Help students recognize that theories have value


What are chief instructions methods for theories class?

1. Focus on self-reflection
2. Reflective writing
3. Structured discussion


The first several meetings of the theories course focus on:

Aware of and articulating one’s own personal theories as related to human behavior and the counseling process


To promote the reflective process of counseling theories, what is NOT introduced in the first few sessions?

Formal counseling theories


What are benefits of having students develop personal theories first?

1. Later, formal theories can help students reconstruct and revise their own evolving theories of counseling and build more complex and coordinated personal theories of counseling.
2. Students typically generate personal or informal theories based on their experiences and intuition


Describe Phase 2: Informing Personal Theory

Use ILT process (Internal Languages for Transformation) with the relevant assumptions and concepts from the theories.

Students better understand the formal theories when they experience components of the formal theories.


ILT process is consistent with what other processes of counselor development?

1. 3rd-Order (the socialized self), 4th-Order (the self-authoring self), and 5th-Order (the transforming self)
2. Received knowing, self-authorized knowing, and dialectical knowing


The ILT process involves four steps for:

diagnosing one’s own internalized immunity to change.


In the ILT process, what theories connect well to Steps 1 and 2?

humanistic and existential counseling theories
-addressing personal awareness, authenticity, acceptance of self


In the ILT process, what theories connect with Step 3?

Postmodern and systemic counseling theories in its focus away from either/or thinking and toward pluralism, multiple truths


In the ILT process, what theories does Step 4 connect to?

Cognitive counseling theories through exploration of belief systems, internal language, and dialogue


ILT process can perform dual duties of:

1. Personally experiencing the types of reframing and change processes that are embedded in different counseling theories
2. Promote students’ thinking toward higher levels of cognitive development.


After the class completes all four ILT steps and the counseling theory presentations during Phase 2, what does the instructor do?

Exploring relationships among ILT process, related counseling theories, and the goals of developmental transformations


What happens during the first step in the ILT process?

Students identify goals for personal and/or professional improvement.


What theory mirrors students’ shift in language or reframing from complaint to commitment during ILT step 1?