Counseling Clinical Case Excerpts Of The Unknown

Justine Pawlukewicz

ABSTRACT

In educating human service practitioners, client cases are a staple in the pedagogy of practicing and acquiring counseling skills. Part of the learning is attunement to the client’s presenting problem, processing of feelings, assessment and intervention. While identification of feelings is a core skill, the unknown factor within a client’s situation can be overlooked especially in situations where there is no concrete answer. An unknown outcome can be challenging for the client as well as the naïve practitioner. Excerpts, that highlight an unknown factor, can serve to assist practitioners in their recognition of this unique feeling, and acquiring the intervention skills that will help the client to regulate their emotions through tolerance.

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