PCN-515 Topic 5 Reframing Practice Exercise

PCN-515 Topic 5 Reframing Practice Exercise

PCN-515 Topic 5 Reframing Practice Exercise

Please examine chapters 6 and 7 as well as the Topic 3 “Challenging Practice Assignment” before completing this exercise. These abilities will be used to assist clients with “owning their portion of the problem,” setting priorities, and reframing the issue to ensure that it is manageable. You concentrated on precisely identifying the issue that needed to be addressed in the “Problem Identification Practice Exercise.” In some respects, it might be necessary to employ these abilities before obtaining specifics about the issue at hand. For instance, a client can arrive with a long list of issues that need to be resolved. Setting priorities is essential in a time when “short therapy” is the favored method to make the most of the little time available. Working on too many problems at once will lead to disorganized counseling and can result in none of the problems being solved in the short time available for counseling. PCN-515 Topic 5 Reframing Practice Exercise


Clients often want to focus on what other people should do to change rather than taking responsibility for their part in the problem. The only person who the client has any control over is his or her self. Clients can also come in with the “crisis de jour” (crisis of the day) so that the focus of the counseling is constantly changing. Even though counselors want to respond to client concerns, it is important that the counselor maintain control over the counseling process.

There are five goals for this counseling skill:

  1. Set priorities when there are many problems and concerns.
  2. Keep the counseling focused so that problems can be solved.
  3. Help clients to take responsibility for their role in creating and maintaining the problem.
  4. Keep the focus on what can be changed rather than talking about issues that cannot be changed.
  5. Explore barriers to change.

Counselors may need to be forceful in order to help a client define priorities and keep bringing up the issue you and the client have decided to concentrate on. In order to keep customers focused on what is within their control and what can be altered, they will also need to challenge them. It is simple to be drawn into concentrating on what other people are doing or aren’t doing, or on the current crisis rather than the issue that the counseling is intended to address.


For this exercise, you will be focusing on yourself. Most of us have a number of things that bother us about our lives. Please identify five things that you would like to change about your life. These will be your goals. You will then ask yourself a number of questions that will help you to decide what to focus on. You will need to journal on the following questions.

  1. Of all these problems, which one is having the most impact on your life? Which one would make the most difference if you could bring about change?
  2. Which of these problems do you have the most control over? Which one do you have the power to change?
  3. Which problem is the most urgent?
  4. When you select a problem, what is your role in the problem? How might you be maintaining or contributing to the problem?
  5. Are there any underlying issues that would need to be addressed to solve this problem? Is there anything you are missing in trying to resolve this problem?
  6. Are there any distorted beliefs about yourself or the world that might be contributing to the problem?
  7. What barriers might there be to resolving this problem? What might get in the way?
  8. Is there any other information you will need to solve this problem?
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