Personal Model of Helping
BSH/312-Models of Effective Helping
January 24, 2011
Personal Model of Helping
My personal model of helping is based on my own experience with change. It is a combination of person-centered and behavioral theories that combine together to create the framework that will help me help others. I formed this viewpoint from several different areas. The first is from the different selections in our textbook. While reading the text selections I identified most with Carl Rogers' theories of therapy. Rogers' approach to let the client feel responsible for their treatment allows the client to take responsibility for the changes that they make. ...view middle of the document...
My view of helping is that the client needs to be the one doing the helping. The therapist is there as a facilitator, helping to gently guide the client in the appropriate direction. With this model the therapist waits for the client to make the decisions, but the therapist is very supportive of the client through the whole therapy process. The therapist values the client for who they are. The therapist does not undervalue the client in any way, but rather acknowledges that the client may make mistakes and that he or she has flaws and that is all right. The therapist does a lot of active listening during the therapy session giving the client plenty of time to discuss the issues that they are currently working through. This type of therapy also works in the here and now. It does not matter how the client arrived at their current state it only matters that they have made the decision to change and that they want to do the work to make that change.
In this model of helping the client and the therapist would have a close relationship. The therapist is an active participant in the therapy process but does not direct the client specifically. The therapist is very respectful of the client. The therapist views the client as a valuable member of society who deserves to be respected and listened to. It does not matter who the client is or where they have come from, what matters is that they have made the commitment to make changes in their life to make their life a better one. The therapist is the clients biggest supporter in this model of helping and with that kind of a relationship, the therapist and the client have a very close and supportive relationship.
There are a number of techniques and approaches to the changes that a client will make with this model of helping because it is a combination of person-centered and behavioral theory. This model of helping needs to be presented to the client in stages. The first stage is that the client must learn to trust the therapist. This is achieved through the therapist exhibiting congruence and unconditional positive regard. The therapist is interested in what the client has to say during the session and shows it by being an active listener during the session. The therapist pays attention to the words that the client is saying, how those words are being said, and also the body language that the client is using during the session. The therapist also respects the client as a person and shows the client empathy. This is not to say that the therapist agrees with all of the decisions that the client has made, but it does mean that the therapist thinks that the client is worthy of respect, caring and trust no matter what. The therapist needs to show the client that he or she is not alone in this process. The therapist is able to understand where his or her client is in their therapy process and can emotionally join the client there. Taking the time to build trust between the client and...