Self Evaluation of Mock Session
The general scenario of my mock session was one taken from my place of employment working with adolescents. It can best be described as a sixteen year old female client who has been acting out in the group home in an uncharacteristic manner. As the clinician I had information from the school that the client was being bullied, but I allowed the client to disclose on their own. The session progressed to a point where the client then was able to agree to some things that the school was able to offer and it was established that I would follow up with the client at a later date.
Throughout the session some of the strengths that I observed were my ability to maintain eye ...view middle of the document...
Reflective and active listening is a skill that I utilized well but could improve upon.
I felt that my nervous behavior is a limitation that I have because it did not demonstrate professional comfort. While, I was able to maintain a verbal level of professionalism my demeanor showed how uncomfortable I was on many levels. Also, I need to establish where to place my arms and my hands, because if I hold my head in my palm I appear bored. The other thing that I need to work on is following a client to make sure that they do make some level of eye contact during the session. Silence, is not something I am overly comfortable with in any situation, therefore, during my sessions I fail to allow the client to explore silence in their own way. If that is a skill I am able to improve then I will not have to rely on questions as closely as I do during this mock session.
Overall, I am happy with how my first mock session went. I feel that I was able to touch upon all the key points, such as confidentiality, introduction of who I was, and engaging with the client in a professional manner. There are improvements that I can definitely make in how I interact with my future clients in particular my body mannerisms and eye contact. However, my ability to be relatable to the client is something that I feel is a key skill that if I focus on can be a very good strength in particular with the adolescent population which I hope to work with throughout my career. The mock session was uncomfortable and a scenario that I did not feel confident in but it allowed me to evaluate some of the things that I need to improve upon and gave me a chance to do a lot of self reflection.