Week 5 Discussion
This week we will take a deeper look at Person-Centered theory. Created by Carl Rogers, Person-Centered theory serves as the foundation for modern talk therapy. While Rogers was influenced by psychoanalytic theory, he believed that the counselor’s relationship with the client was the catalyst for therapeutic change. In the course text provides a comprehensive overview of Person-Centered theory and will provide the background for this week’s discussion.
For the purposes of this week’s discussion, please read the following case study and answer the questions below:
Madison is a 12-year female with a history of depression. Madison is the oldest of three children and lives with her mother. Madison’s parents divorced 6-months ago and her mother was forced to go back to work. Madison is now responsible for caring for her 10-year old twin brothers each day after school and most weekends. Madison’s grades have dropped significantly and her once vibrant friendships have dissolved. Madison’s school counselor has become increasingly concerned and sent a referral to your agency for individual counseling services.
Using “The Necessary and Sufficient Conditions for Client Change,”(see below) specifically describe how you would meet each condition when working with Madison. In your discussion post, please number each condition accordingly and address it thoroughly (using counseling statements where necessary).
Necessary and Sufficient Conditions:
*In order to adequately complete this discussion assignment, you will need to consult peer-reviewed literature and include a minimum of one peer-reviewed article in your post along with citations from the course text and you MUST reply SUBSTANTIALLY to at least TWO peers. *
THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU SHOULD RESPOND THOUROUGHLY TO EACH QUESTION. DO NOT COPY.
1.The two persons who are in psychological contact would be the client and the therapist. I as the therapist would make the effort to ensure the client knows I think of them as my equal. Rogers’ theory put emphasis on equality in the client-therapist relationship and a therapist should not keep their knowledge a secret, but rather use it to benefit the client (Corey, 2015).
4.Regardless of my personal feelings of Madison and her situation, my unconditional positive regard is necessary. Corey (2015) states that according to person-centered therapy, the counseling relationship will be inhibited if the counselor feels one way about the client but acts another. I would do my best to show Madison that I am rooting for her, regardless of the circumstances.
Amadi, C. (2013). Clinician, Society and Suicide Mountain: Reading Rogerian Doctrine of Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR). PsychOpen. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.1919 (Links to an external site.)
Corey, G. (2015). Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.