Discussion Question: Values of the Therapist
In an ideal world, the values of the
therapist would not influence therapy or the therapist's reactions to clients.
However, when therapists deny their values or minimize their views on important
issues during interactions with clients, this can cause problems in the
therapeutic relationship. In an effort to explore the many issues that can
arise concerning a therapist’s values and how they affect the therapeutic
process, please respond thoroughly to each of the following questions:
1.Do you think therapists should
deliberately reveal their values to a client in therapy? If so, why do you
believe this is important? If not, what potential difficulties might this cause
for the client or the therapeutic process?
2.How much importance should a
therapist place on helping the client identify and verbalize his or her values
as they relate to their presenting problem?
3.Based upon your response to question
2, explain why a client’s value system is vital or inconsequential to the
4.Discuss one practical strategy you
could use in therapy to help identify and clarify a client’s value system
without imposing your own.
Can you have this done by the end of the day?