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Counseling

Counseling CACREP Doctoral Competencies

a. Scholarly examination of theories relevant to counseling 
b. Integration of theories relevant to counseling 
c. Conceptualization of clients from multiple theoretical perspectives 
d. Evidence-based counseling practices 
e. Methods for evaluating counseling effectiveness 
f. Ethical and culturally relevant counseling in multiple settings 

 

Mastery level of knowledge and skill is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the Counseling standard: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).

Artifacts:
  • Artifact 1: 710 CACREP & Group Work PowerPoint (CACREP A, CACREP B & C, CACREP D, CACREP E & F, CACREP G)

    • This document demonstrates competencies in my ability to present theory, standards, and research on group counseling to counseling students for practical application.

    • A mastery level of knowledge is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the counseling standard: (a), (b), (d), (e), and (f).

    • This document was originally created for the doctoral class COUC 710 where I earned a letter grade of A.

 

  • Artifact 2: 715 Capstone Paper 1 & Capstone Paper 2

    • This document demonstrates competencies in my ability to incorporate evidenced-based research into application with clients. Additionally, these papers discuss my theoretical approach to counseling, conceptualization of client presentation, and treatment plan for working with the client described.

    • A mastery level of knowledge is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the counseling standard: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).

    • This document was originally created for the doctoral class COUC 715 where I earned a letter grade of B

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Artifact 3: 730 Personal Model of Integration Paper

  • This document demonstrates competencies in incorporating religion and spirituality with clients in and ethically responsible manner. In this paper I discuss how I glean from and integration approach and the levels-of-explanation approach to incorporate spirituality in counseling.

  • A mastery level of knowledge is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the counseling standard: (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).

  • This document was originally created for the doctoral class COUC 730 where I earned a letter grade of A

 

Artifact 4: 715 Case Presentation/Conceptualization  

  • This document demonstrates competencies in my ability to conceptualize a client and their presenting problem, diagnose, and provide treatment for the client. Names of clients have been changed to maintain confidentiality.

  • A mastery level of knowledge is demonstrated in the following CACREP competencies under the counseling standard: (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f).

  • This document was originally created for the doctoral class COUC 998 where I earned a letter grade of B

Reflection on Counseling

 

As a pastor, I have been counseling for many years before starting my doctoral journey. However, I knew that I was facing so many struggles while providing counseling to people, so I felt that I needed more skills and knowledge to advance as a pastoral counselor. In addition, I needed to understand how to bring professionalism into my counseling; so, I am grateful for God, the faculty, and Dr. Sosin for how I have developed my competencies through this program in ethical issues, legal issues, accountability issues, and confidentiality issues. These skills are valuable to me as a pastor and as a counselor. Another area that I have seen myself develop is integrating spirituality into professional counseling and understanding mental health and spiritual problems because, so many times, it is challenging to combine the two or know how to walk that fine line. Some issues are entirely related to mental health, but there are also so many spiritual issues. But this program has helped me understand these two issues and know how to help my clients.

 

The growth areas that I endeavor to advance are to grow in primary and advanced counseling skills to be a better competent counselor with my clients. Another area of growth is pursuing empirical evidence and learning how to use it and intervention systems in my counseling practice. My faith in Jesus Christ continues to be an encouragement and support as I grow and advance as a counselor. One scripture that I hold so dearly in this journey of the doctoral program is in Isaiah 61:1 that says, "And His name shall be called a counselor." So for me, if God came to the earth to be called a counselor and provide counseling to humanity, it is a humbling experience and a greater responsibility to see myself as a counselor. I continue to grow and let Jesus be my example.

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