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Whatis a counselor`s role in helping a client access supporting resources
Counselorsprovide invaluable primary assistance to individuals who are stuck,struggling or overwhelmed by various issues in their life. Counselinghelps individuals experiencing social, medical and psychologicaldifficulties attain self-improvement, experience greater peace,freedom, joy and power in their lives (Ungar,2011).In particular, counselors are essential in assisting the affectedindividuals’ access other supporting resources or services (Cary,1990). For instance, counselors may recommend medical checkup basedon physiological and psychological status of their clients.
Inother instances, counselors may facilitate in linking the affectedindividual (i.e. drug addict) to a rehabilitation center or linking adestitute child to parents. As individuals seek counselor’s supportfor various problems, individuals’ personal growth and explorationis enhanced. In most cases, individuals who seek counselor’ssupport learn improved ways of coping with their struggles, skills,find solutions and develop mechanisms of coping and managing theirproblems. Furthermore, counselors collaborate with otherprofessionals in the health sector, government, rehabilitation andchurches this network is essential as they can refer clients toother specialists for better support services (Ungar,2011).
Thefive C`s of positive development
Thefive C’s of positive development are derived from the concept ofpositive youth development (PYD) that is aimed at educating,understanding and engaging children in active and productiveactivities rather than correcting maladaptive behaviors. Thephilosophical aim of this approach was promoting human developmentand engaging young children in meaningful activities as a way ofreducing their participation in risky behaviors (Ungar, 2011). Thispositive development is based on five C’s that include competence,confidence, connection, character and caring.
Amongthese five resources of personality development, molding individualcharacter, connection and confidence are the most effective ways inwhich a counselor can assist their clients. Most individuals who seekcounselor’s support have low character and confidence in changingtheir condition (Ungar, 2011). For instance, it is the character andlack of confidence that makes most victims of drug abuse, domesticviolence and depression incapable of changing their situation(Breinbauer & Maddaleno, 2005).Others lack confidence in seeking connections and support services. Most clients need counseling support that will boost their character,confidence and link them to other supportive services (Cary,1990).
Childrenand Adolescents experience dramatic body changes, and these maypredispose them to get experimental in risky behaviors(Lerner, Almerigi, Theokas & Lerner, 2005).As such, character development and enhancing adolescents’confidence are important resources that a counselor can use to helpthe young people. In addition, connecting and engaging the childrenin development activities helps in orienting them in productiveactivities rather than engaging in risky behaviors (Ungar, 2011).
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