PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper

PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper

PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper

Dispositions, if honestly held, result in actions and patterns of professional conduct since they are the beliefs, commitments, and professional ethics that shape behaviors toward others. The attitudes of the Grand Canyon University Counseling Program are consistent with the university’s mission and the established rules of ethics for the counseling profession.

The American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics inspired the following attitudes that the Grand Canyon University Counseling Program has embraced for its students. Although not exhaustive, these traits do illustrate the values and characteristics that should be present in a student counselor. Discipline measures may be taken against students who don’t follow or exhibit certain dispositions. PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper

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  • Psychological Fitness: Counselors* are aware and assess their motives for pursuing the counseling profession. They are aware of their unfinished emotional and/or mental health issues, and resolve them before starting to provide counseling services to others. Counselors engage in self-care and seek resolutions to issues that arise during their practice. Counselors adhere to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and/or the NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals Code of Ethics.
  • Self-Awareness: Counselors are aware of their personal moral, ethical, and value systems and provide counseling services with objectivity, justice, fidelity, veracity, and benevolence. Counselors are acutely aware of their personal limitations in providing services, and are willing to refer clients to another provider when necessary.
  • Cultural Diversity: Counselors respect, engage, honor, and embrace diversity and a multicultural approach that supports the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural context. Counselors promote self-advocacy and assist clients in advocating for empowerment within their cultural context.
  • Acceptance: Counselors foster a healthy climate of change by providing and promoting acceptance, and a nonjudgmental environment during the therapeutic process. They understand their personal value system and do not impose their values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on their clients.
  • Empathy: Counselors foster understanding, compassion, and avoid any actions that can cause harm to a client. Counselors treat others with dignity and respect.
  • Genuineness: Counselors deal truthfully with themselves and their clients, in order to avoid harming their clients.
  • Flexibility: Counselors practice a client-centered approach, and align treatment to the client’s goals for therapy.
  • Patience: Counselors understand the therapeutic process and respect client’s efforts to gain control over their lives. Counselors encourage an environment that promotes self-empowerment and allows client’s voice in the therapeutic process.
  • Amiability: Counselors do not support or engage in any act of discrimination against a prospective, current, or former client. Counselors promote and practice social justice and do not exploit others in their professional relationships.
  • Professional Identity: Counselors adhere to regulatory state boards and nationally recognized codes of ethics. Counselors practice only within their scope and competencies. They seek to utilize best practices and empirically supported treatments. Counselors stay current with the counseling profession through seeking continuing education, and by supporting counseling associations.

* The term counselor is used to refer to counselors in training at the graduate level.

American Counseling Association (2014). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.

Walz, G. R., & Bleuer, J. C. (2010). Counselor dispositions: An added dimension for admission decisions. Vistas Online publication, 1, 11-11. PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper

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Course Code Class Code
PCN-515 PCN-515-O500 Elements of a Successful Therapeutic Relationship (Obj. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4) 100.0
Criteria Percentage Unsatisfactory (0.00%) Less than Satisfactory (74.00%) Satisfactory (79.00%) Good (87.00%) Excellent (100.00%) Comments Points Earned
Content 70.0%
Your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems 10.0% Discussion of your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems is not present or not discernible to the reader. PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper Discussion of your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems is incomplete, irrelevant, or flawed. Discussion of your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems is relevant and complete. Discussion of your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems is thorough and well-reasoned. Discussion of your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems is thorough and well-reasoned. Information provided is fully supported and rich in detail.
Counselor dispositions  to incorporate into the counseling relationship and how 20.0% Discussion of which counselor dispositions you will incorporate into the counseling relationship and how is not present or not discernible to the reader. Discussion of which counselor dispositions you will incorporate into the counseling relationship and how is incomplete, irrelevant, or flawed. Discussion of which counselor dispositions you will incorporate into the counseling relationship and how is relevant and complete. Discussion of which counselor dispositions you will incorporate into the counseling relationship and how thorough and well-reasoned. Discussion of which counselor dispositions you will incorporate into the counseling relationship and how is thorough and well-reasoned. Information provided is fully supported and rich in detail.
Counseling skills for building rapport with clients 20.0% Discussion of the counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients is not present or not discernible to the reader. Discussion of the counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients is incomplete, irrelevant, or flawed. Discussion of the counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients is relevant and complete. Discussion of the counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients is thorough and well-reasoned. Discussion of the counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients is thorough and well-reasoned. Information provided is fully supported and rich in detail.  PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper
Strategies to advocate for persons with mental health issues 20.0% Discussion of the strategies you would use to advocate for persons with mental health issues is not present or not discernible to the reader. Discussion of the strategies you would use to advocate for persons with mental health issues is incomplete, irrelevant, or flawed. Discussion of the strategies you would use to advocate for persons with mental health issues is relevant and complete. Discussion of the strategies you would use to advocate for persons with mental health issues is thorough and well-reasoned. Discussion of the strategies you would use to advocate for persons with mental health issues is thorough and well-reasoned. Information provided is fully supported and rich in detail.
Organization and Effectiveness 20.0%
Thesis Development and Purpose 7.0% Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis and/or main claim are insufficiently developed and/or vague; purpose is not clear. Thesis and/or main claim are apparent and appropriate to purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are clear and forecast the development of the paper. It is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis and/or main claim are comprehensive. The essence of the paper is contained within the thesis. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
Argument Logic and Construction 8.0% Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources. Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility. Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis. Argument shows logical progression. Techniques of argumentation are evident.  There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative. Clear and convincing argument presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.
 Mechanics of Writing  (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use) 5.0% Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice and/or sentence construction are used. Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register), sentence structure, and/or word choice are present. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are used. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. A variety of sentence structures and effective figures of speech are used. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English. PCN 515 Counselor Dispositional Expectations Paper
Format 10.0%
Paper Format  (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment) 5.0% Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct.
Documentation of Sources (citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., as appropriate to assignment and style) 5.0% Sources are not documented. Documentation of sources is inconsistent or incorrect, as appropriate to assignment and style, with numerous formatting errors. Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, although some formatting errors may be present. Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is mostly correct. Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is free of error.
Total Weightage 100%

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