1a. Explain your understanding of a "therapeutic relationship" with a client.
A therapeutic relationship with a client is a well planned and goal oriented connection between the clinician and the client in order to meet the therapeutic needs.
The clinician would develop and maintain mutually beneficial association with the client and his family. He always believes the client as a person of goodness, dignity and strength.
1b. what are the benefits of a therapeutic relationship?
Encourages Positive Interaction
Encouraging a patient to express himself allows you to get more information of the client's emotional tendencies and helps determine the most beneficial treatment approach. By ...view middle of the document...
Attending & Listening - when the client feels the there is some one here to listen to; he would like to share his feelings and thoughts which creates a strong relationship.
Open- You have to be an open minded and prepare to share everything in relation to the matter you are dealing with.
Professionalism – a professional approach to the matter points out the client of your subject knowledge, education and experience and that leads the client to admire of your ideas
Genuine - Being genuine to the matter and the client would always develop the strong relationship. Respecting the clients feelings and expressions, making eye contacts and your gesture and posture all accumulate the client’s mind set about your genuine effort towards him.
2. Why is it so important to use a "client centered approach" when assessing needs and planning goals with your client?
This is the most productive approach in mental health counseling developed by Carl Rogers. The importance of this approach is, the client finds his own solutions to his problems and as the clinician, we only assist him to find them. Client centered approach is incredibly leads to a successful therapeutic relationship between the client and the counselor.
3. Explain the relevance of each section below when conducting an assessment in the community:
a) Occupational Health & Safety. (For example, when conducting an assessment in the community) It is important that a risk assessment is conducted initially before entering a person's home. You need to be sure before working in the person's home that it is safe. Eg. no wires exposed, nor cords that are hazardous, no dangerous dogs in the house.
This is true; your safety is first and foremost more than anything else. In some occasions, the atmosphere for an assessment is unsafe with the dangerous setting. So, what you need to do is, do not conduct the assessment or if it is already started, terminate the assessment immediately and let the person know that they have to ensure the safety of the site before the next appointment.
b) Rights & Responsibilities of consumer & support worker e.g. Duty of Care.
Rights and responsibilities of consumer and support worker have clearly stated in mental health standard 2010 in which the total mental health service if protected by duty of care. For an instance, consumers to be treated with respects and dignity at all times.
c) Values & attitudes of consumer & worker
Each party has to be accepted and respected values and attitudes of the others in order to conduct a successful assessment. Ex: In Indigenous culture, they prefer to share discuss family history with others so that as a support worker we have to respect these values whether we like it or not.
d) Mental state of consumer.
This is an indication of the mental health situation of the consumer. Understanding mental state is vital for an assessment. A violent mental state may result to immediate termination of the assessment.