Portfolio Assignment – Traits of an Effective Counselor

  1. This is your first required Portfolio Assignment!  It is also an assignment that will be used to assess annually, student success and program effectiveness.

This is a revisiting of the paper you did early in the course, comparing yourself to the “Characteristics of an  Effective Helper” as outlined in Ch. 1 of your textbook.   Now that you have come to the end of the course, I want you to go back and re-examine what you wrote about yourself regarding each of the characteristics, in your first paper. 

When comparing yourself to each of the 9 characteristics in Ch. 1:  empathy, acceptance, genuineness, embracing a wellness perspective, cultural competence, the “It” factor, belief in one’s theory, competence, and cognitive complexity, follow the directions below:

1.  organize the written portion of your paper with an Introduction, a Summary at the end, and 2 sections in between.  You will also need to use at least 3 professional sources for this paper, and these should be listed on a separate Reference Page at the end of your paper. 

2.  In the first section of this 5 to 7 page double spaced paper (not including the title page and the Reference Page), list each characteristic from the parapgraph above, and provide a definition of each (use 3 sources at least, for this information). 

3.  In the second section of this paper, describe what you can do to strengthen 3 characteristics within yourself.  This will require some research , some careful self-reflection, self-awareness, and honesty.  Include one goal behavior/action for each characteristic, that you will work to accomplish within the next 3 to 6 months.   Be very specific.  The more specific you can be about each goal (ie: what will this require of you, within yourself, and what you will do to “get there” on each one.  Discuss your goal in terms of your strengths and weaknesses, and how these will impact your being successful in meeting your goal.  This is due Sunday of Week 7 at 11:59 PM.  

Let me know if you have questions!  Remember, you will want to keep this assignment as well as instructor feedback including the grade received, in your e-portfolio in Blackboard.  You may also want to save it on a separate thumb/flash drive.  

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