PCN 515 Week1 Assignment

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PCN 515 Week1 Assignment

PCN 515 Week 1 Discussion

  1.  What are some key things you would do in your firstsession with a client to get the therapy relationship started in a positiveway? Be sure to include a least five communication skills from your textand discuss why they are so critical.
  2. The textbook describes the importance of empathy andpresence. What are two or three things that you could do to prepareyourself to be fully present with your clients? Without empatheticpresence, what might a client infer?

The textbook and the readings for this first topic begin to describe some of the key elements for a successful therapeutic relationship.

PCN 515 Week 1 Elements of a Successful Therapeutic Relationship

Write a 1,200-1,500-word essay that describes the characteristics and roles you hope to embody as a counselor and the counselor dispositions that you want to bring with you. You may write in the first person for this assignment. Include the following in your paper:

  1. Your role as the therapist in the counseling process within community and private mental health systems
  2. Refer to the Counselor Dispositions. Which of these dispositions will you incorporate into the counseling relationship and how?
  3. Counseling skills you plan to practice for building rapport with clients
  4. Strategies to advocate for persons with mental health issues


Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required. PCN 515 Week1 Assignment

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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