Discussion Question: Selecting a Counseling Approach

Discussion Question: Selecting a Counseling Approach

Discussion Question: Selecting a Counseling Approach

Discussion Question: Selecting a Counseling Approach

Assignment 2: Discussion Question

Imagine you are tasked with conducting a counseling intake interview with a 19 year old college student

who is feeling sad, unmotivated, and worried about his grades. It is the student’s first semester at

school, and he is finding that he has gone from being an A student in high school to a B- student in

college. He has also moved 500 miles away from his hometown to attend school.

This week’s lecture discussed a number of counseling approaches (cognitive, humanistic,

psychodynamic, and behavioral), that can be used to guide and understand an interview.

Which approach would use to guide this intake interview? Explain why you think this approach is a good

choice for this particular interview.  Also develop at least 5 questions for your interview and explain how

the questions fit with the approach you chose.

You may use any of the approaches discussed in this week’s lecture or you may also use one from:

 McMaster, F., & Resnicow, K. (2012). Motivational Interviewing: moving from why to how with

autonomy support. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(19).

 As appropriate, cite the module and other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points

you are making. Apply APA standards to for writing and citations to your work.

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Discussion Question: Selecting a Counseling Approach

Assignment 2: Discussion Question

In order to interview the 19 year old college student who is feeling sad, unmotivated, and

worried about his grades I would use the cognitive approach of counseling.  Cognitive approach

to counseling is based on the principle that the thoughts of a person have a direct relation with

how he or she feels (M5-Module Reading). The cognitive approach helps the client to identify

the reasons and causes behind the problems. This interview approach will help me to frame

questions in such a way that I would help the student to identify the areas of distorted thinking

that are the cause of his sadness, lack of motivation and low grades. I would emphasize more on

the present problems that may be the cause of his emotional problems and lower grades.

My basic interview strategy will be oriented to the current situation and I would try my best to

help the student understand the connection between his thinking and how he acts and feels. I may

use short-term management and homework assignments between sessions, and also form a

strong client-counselor relation with the student (M5-Module Reading).

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