Reflective Practicum

timer Asked: Aug 13th, 2013

Question description

To begin your practicum reflection, review your practicum report including the
PAIR2 report summary, and also review the verbatims for sessions 1 and 2. You
must compose a reflection on what you learned from the practicum experience,
this should include specific details regarding the most helpful aspects of the
PAIR2 test, the most helpful interventions that you used, the couples progress
as evidenced by the PAIR2 test scaling.
 Example of the post discussion

The couple I was privileged to spend
time with was seeking premarital counseling.  He is 32 and she is 29.  Both were
raised in homes where the parents were fervent followers of Christ. 
Unfortunately, they both rebelled against their parent’s guidance and against
God.  The result was that they chose to marry godless individuals who delighted
in that which was perverse and immoral.  Both marriages were a disaster.  As
many that experience such relationships, they both emerged with numerous wounds,
some that were still very painful. 


As the Bible frequently teaches us,
pain and suffering is a master teacher.  As these two approached their upcoming
marriage, they were doing so as much wiser people.  When asked what issues they
believed to be important for a healthy and prosperous marriage, they immediately
spoke of having an egalitarian relationship with shared authority, duties in the
home, financial management, and child rearing (they have five children between
them).  They also spoke of a need to know how to communicate (speaking and
listening) with each other, and how to deal with conflicts.  Above all these
issues, they both wanted God to have a prominent position in their lives and
over their home. 


The PAIR2 (Mastin, 2006) test brought
out additional issues that had not been on their radar, but that were recognized
as critical for a healthy marriage.  Both were strong in leadership.  Because
both had been single parents for a while, and were used to making the decisions
in their homes, and thus, blending the roles of leadership would need to be
thought through very carefully.  In addition, both families would have to adjust
their routines.  The money management was an important issue for the woman but
not so important for the man.  This was disturbing to the woman.  The woman
liked to do new and exciting things (at least from time to time).  The man liked
the solace of his home.  These differences sparked a great deal of conversation
between the clients.  By guiding the conversation with a word of suggestion or
insight here or there, the clients were able to begin to work through a number
of these issues.  What was most pleasing to me was how strongly both clients
were in their desire to have Christ be the Lord over their lives and their
home.  I have witnessed that when we are humble before God and seek His will
over our own, the result is most beneficial. 


After hearing their thoughts /
concerns for their upcoming marriage, I gave them some interventions to help
them strengthen their relationship.  I shared Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages
(Worthington, 2005) and asked them to ‘speak’ each other’s Love Language.  When
asked how the assignment went, the man said, “I mopped the kitchen floor, put
away the dishes, and did the laundry”.  To which the woman smiled and said, “He
sure did, and I loved it.  He sure filled my love tank”.  I also shared how
Worthington’s (2005) L.O.V.E. acrostic would enable them to effectively deal
with conflicts that may arise. 


The counseling experience was
beneficial for the clients as well as me.  The PAIR2 test demonstrated its
effectiveness by revealing critical issues within the clients that they were not
aware of.  The interventions were most effective, for in a short period, both
clients were more aware of how they might effectively minister to the one their
loved.  The clients were also pleased with what was gained from the session for
their scaling moved from a six after the first session, to a 8-9 after the
second session.




Mastin, G.
The PAIR2 test. (2006)


E. (2005). Hope-focused marriage counseling: A guide to brief therapy
(2nd ed.).     Downers Grove, IL:IVP Academic



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