School Counseling

Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Counseling Benchmark Instructions Component #1: Developmental Considerations in Counseling 1) When using interventions with children and adolescents, the developmental level of the client is an important consideration. Discuss the effect of developmental levels on both the choice of intervention and the potential effectiveness of an intervention. 2) What would a developmentally savvy counselor need to take into consideration when planning assessment and interventions for those in mid-adolescence? 3) How might a counselor explain what “counseling” is to a low-ability 14 year old boy? To a gifted 10-year-old? To a high school senior with average intellectual ability? Component #2: Individual Counseling Process 1) Discuss the stages of the counseling process when working with hypothetical client Nancy, a 12-year-old adolescent who was recently adopted from the foster care system and is having difficulties with her new younger siblings. 2) Discuss the construct “resistance” in terms of: • How can it be conceptualized? • What might contribute to it? • How might it be reframed as something positive? • What are some appropriate counseling responses to it, including strategies for working with it? 3) Discuss termination issues related to counseling children and adolescents, citing at least six strategies that can potentially help both counselor and client to end the counseling relationship appropriately. /section section Component #3: Ethical and Multicultural Considerations 1) What are the legal and ethical concerns when working with a minor who was referred for counseling by his or her teacher? Specifically cite applicable ASCA and AACC ethical standards. 2) What theoretical orientation(s) will you primarily use when counseling students and why? Identify how you considered culture in your theoretical orientation choices. 3) How would you approach issues of worldview and faith in your counseling sessions with a student in a secular counseling school setting? 4) Create an “informed consent” document to use with students and attach the sample form to this component. 5) Use at least one article identified in this course to support your actions with regard to aIDressing spirituality and other multicultural issues. Component #4: Brief Counseling 1) Describe the eight characteristics of brief counseling. 2) Give an example of each characteristic. 3) Brief counseling is simply a tool for helping people. Under what circumstances is brief counseling an appropriate tool? An inappropriate tool? 4) How does the brief counseling model differ from a psychodynamic (humanistic, Adlerian) approach? Component #5: Play Therapy For each of the following scenarios, decide which of the play therapy skills described in the Vernon text (tracking, restating content, reflecting feelings, returning responsibility to the child, using the child’s metaphor, and limit setting) you would use to respond to the child. Generate several different responses to each one, remembering that you can combine several kinds of skills in a single response. 1 Glenda, a 6-year-old, was referred because she seems to be extremely distressed about her parents’ recent divorce. She comes into her third play therapy session frowning and crying, sits down, and says, “I hate my mom. I wanted to play, and she made me come here.” 2 Lee Su (7) is a Chinese American. She has been referred for getting into repeated fights on theplayground, which she has contended are started by other people. She arranges the green soldiers in one line and the tan soldiers in another line, and (with lots of sound effects – yelling ethnic slurs, screaming in pain) has the tan soldiers wipe out the green soldiers. As she is doing this, she seems to get angrier and angrier. 3 Christina, an 8-year-old whose presenting problem is anxiety and depression, begins to draw a picture, turns to you, and says, “I am going to paint this picture for you. What do you want me to paint?” Component #6 Counseling At-Risk Children/Adolescents 1) Using McWhirter and colleagues’ (2007) framework for prevention and intervention, discuss the types of interventions you would utilize and structures you would want to have in place to work with the following problems faced by children and adolescents at risk: a Suicidal children and adolescents b Substance abuse & aIDiction c Depressive disorders in children and adolescents 2) When would you have to breach confidentiality and what obligations do you have to your young client with regard to privacy? 3) When is a referral to outside resources warranted? Component #7: Referral/Resource Guide 1) Develop a local community resource guide that includes 15 resources that can be used by parents, teachers, and students who seek aIDitional assistance. The guide should include the name of each agency, emails and web aIDresses, telephone numbers, and street aIDresses. The guide should cover the following types of resources: divorce, substance abuse, disabilities, bereavement, child and spousal abuse, suicide, homelessness, violence, depression, tutoring, churches, eating disorders, self-mutilation, and general mental health counseling services. 2) What resources are available for at-risk children and adolescents in your community? 3) How are these resources meeting or not meeting the needs of youth in your community? 4) What other resources do you think are needed in your community to assist at-risk children and adolescents? Component #8: Bibliotherapy 1) Develop a list of 15 books that could be used for bibliotherapy or as resources for students and parents in the following topic areas: • Grief/loss/divorce • ADHD, OID • Eating disorders • Study skills• Self-esteem • Substance Abuse • Social skills • Conflict resolution • Anger/Anger management • Stress management • Bullying/student mistreatment • Lying • Giftedness • Depression • Anxiety References must be in APA style (see APA Manual, Internet) Component #9: Writing Student uses correct grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling. Component #10: Scholarly Writing Student includes at least three peer-reviewed journal articles to support suppositions. Students please contact the writing center, publisher of the journal, or research the journal using the Internet to determine if your selected journal is peer-reviewed. References must be in APA style (see APA Manual, Internet, or Liberty writing center for assistance). Must include reference from book Counseling Children & Adolescents Ann Vernon (4th edition) As the culminating benchmark assignment for this course, you will integrate learning from all course modules/weeks. Each component within the benchmark will be specific to the chapters and concepts discussed in course readings. This will take considerable time; plan ahead and work on this assignment throughout the course. Your answers must be typed into the template in LiveText; this assignment is submitted in LiveText, not in Blackboard. When completing the benchmark, each component must mirror the provided headings. Each heading is a separate section of the template in LiveText. The headings for the assignment are listed below: Developmental Considerations in Counseling Individual Counseling ProcessEthical and Multicultural Considerations Brief Counseling Play Therapy Counseling At-Risk Children/Adolescents Referral/Resource Guide Bibliotherapy Writing Scholarly Writing Under each heading in the template, you must fully respond to the prompts/questions posed or information requested in the grading rubric. You will type the answers to each component directly into each section of the rubric provided in LiveText; do notattach the benchmark as a file in LiveText as it will not be accepted as a file attachment. Use single spacing in the template with double spaces between paragraphs. You may use lists and bullets in this assignment, but do not use tables, figures, or pictures; only use text under each section heading. If you have pictures, tables, or figures that you would like to include, attach the items to the applicable component. (This is the only time an attachment is allowed within the benchmark assignment.) Use current APA format for all references and citations. Your book list for the Bibliotherapy component must also be in current APA format.

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