605 response to classmate s discussion

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Since this is such a critical course in the process of becoming a counselor, it is natural to wonder about my expectations and how to succeed in my sections of PCN-605.

  1. Substantive Postings

A substantive posting is one that shows me that you are connecting with the material on some level; just as you will need to connect with others in your role as a professional counselor, so too must you connect with the learning materials. You can show connection to the materials in a few ways. Did you find the theory difficult? Did the theory resonate with you or not? Why do you think it resonated/did not resonate with you? Did you have any reaction to the theory—either positive or negative? Do you have any questions about the materials?

  1. Respond to others with thought and meaning

Don’t ever write only “I agree” or “Good thought” or any other short response to another posting. Be sure to include details. For example: “I agree with Brian” is much different than “I agree with Brian. I had a similar experience where XYZ came into play…” and the second one will get you a much better grade than the first. If you disagree with a colleague’s posting, it is perfectly fine to mention that—you will not always agree with your fellow therapists in clinical settings. Be polite if you disagree and make sure you explain why you disagree.

  1. Posting Rubric

I will use a rubric developed by a GCU colleague to assign points on a weekly basis. Each week you’ll need to make at least 3 participation posts (and also answer the discussion questions). The table above shows the score given for each week’s participation. To determine someone’s score, I check how many substantial posts have been made. Then I move down the number of days to
determine a score. For example, if a student posted 2 substantial posts on 2 different days, they would score 13. Scores in italics are below passing.

Days logged on and #Substantial

0 days

1 day

2 days

3 days

1 substantive post





2 substantive posts





3 substantive posts





  1. References in your work

You must always cite your references. This includes your postings and certainly your papers and case studies as well. Most academicians prefer that you cite references which are no more than six years old whenever possible unless the work is considered to be “classic” or “seminal.” In addition, your references MUST be academic, peer reviewed work. Sources such as “Good Therapy” and “Psychology Today” are not acceptable. Fair warning: I tend to be very strict with this requirement.

ASSIGNMENT: 250 words and 1-2 scholarly references to each classmate.

1) Christina Fife 1.1

Topic 1 DQ 1 (Obj. 1.2)

The article, “Psychopathology Through the Eyes of Faith: Integrative Reflections for the Classroom and Beyond” explains a course of study that incorporates a Christian perspective into the treatment of individuals dealing with mental health issues. A focus is that the person is seen as a whole and not just as the symptoms they are exhibiting. The focus is not on the deviance or dysfunctional behavior but on the struggles a person is going through that affect several areas of their life (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014). It is also stated that the dysfunctional behaviors or thoughts are due to possible distorted desires or longings that have become twisted (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014). The course focuses on balancing teaching practical tools for diagnosing along with how students can remain a servant within the Christian faith while continuing to be practitioners and scholars (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014). It is taught that even though clients may demonstrate dysfunctional thoughts or behaviors, they are still made in the image of God and they can be redeemed through belief in the resurrection of Christ (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014). Students are taught that mental illness is not just related to a single factor, but that there may be several factors stemming from psychosocial, cultural and spiritual that are driving the dysfunctional thoughts or behaviors. Assessment is based first on self-reports by the client and observations and treatment utilizes evidenced based therapies, with an understanding that not all clients benefit from the same treatment and are to be treated as individuals. Lastly, this course of study promotes students learning to understand their clients and what they are experiencing by immersing themselves into the client’s domain. This may include working in community-based agencies, volunteer ministries that work on the streets, and getting out of the classroom.

I appreciate the idea of the person as a whole entity and not just the symptoms they are presenting. It is important to see the person as complete within their environment. This is evident when a biopsychosocial is done as it shows how the dysfunctional behaviors or thoughts are impacting all other areas of the client’s life. I agree that it is beneficial to provide clients with the message that they can make changes and that even though they are not perfect, they are still made in God’s image. This can provide a hope to clients that no matter how they feel or present, God sees them as perfect. Lastly, I agree that as students it is important for us to have the clinical and practical knowledge necessary to effectively treat clients within a managed care system, including being able to use appropriate diagnoses, but I want to be able to remember to always be a servant to Christ and do what I think Christ would do. I strive to behave as a Christian and treat others with that servant attitude.

Butman, R. E., & Yarhouse, M. (2014). Psychopathology through the eyes of faith: Integrative reflections for the classroom and beyond. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(2), 211-219. Retrieved from https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://searc…

2) Agnes Bridgman – 1.1

Topic 1 DQ 1 (Obj. 1.2)

“Psychopathology Through the Eyes of Faith: Integrative Reflections for the Classroom and Beyond” focuses on the client’s inner needs such as spirituality and feelings as well as their mental state to heal completely, body, mind, spirt, and soul. Using the client’s spirituality and principles the counselor can listen with empathy, recognizing nonverbal behaviors, find solutions based on the client’s cultural views, family system, background, and religious beliefs, helping the client heal internally. The client as a whole is acknowledged and treated. The evaluation, identification of signs and symptoms to find the cause of the illness, treatment, and discovering a way to stop or modify the issue from occurring is necessary to aid the client in recovery (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014). This process is critical to understanding the client so they may become healthy (whole) again and continue to progress in their personal growth as well as in their life. Religious and spiritual practices can help the client and their family grow, heal, and handle the situation at hand (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014).

One area I found interesting about this method of teaching was the belief that healing takes place from within. I believe using religion or spirituality promotes inner forgiveness and allows a client to move forward in their life. Healing the whole person alleviates all their pain. Prayer can aid in dealing with and conquering fear and spirituality guides one’s actions. Inner peace is found when one is mentally and spiritually at peace, when inner peace is cultivated a client may find hope, comfort, resilience, and learn to love themselves (Butman & Yarhouse, 2014).

Another area I found interesting about this method of teaching was the problem of human and pain. Spirituality can aid a client with their pain whether it is emotion, physical, or mental. The ability to understand and identify with one’s client is significant, creating a bond between counselor and client. The need to know one’s client, their brokenness, and accept them in their entirety is part of understanding their pain. Compassionate care is part of the process of healing. (Puchalski, 2001).

Butman, R. E., & Yarhouse, M. (2014). Psychopathology through the eyes of faith: Integrative reflections for the classroom and beyond. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 42(2), 211-219. Retrieved from https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/docview/1562506709?accountid=7374

Puchalski C. M. (2001). The role of spirituality in health care. Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center), 14(4), 352–357. doi:10.1080/08998280.2001.11927788

3) Paul Hoffman – 1.2

This portrayal of mental illnesses often results to public stigmatization of people living with mental illnesses. Public stigma entails the consciousness of stereotypes the society has for people with mental illnesses. In movies, the stereotyping of mental illnesses often takes place in portraying characters with mental illnesses to be violent as well as unpredictable. For example, in the 1978 Halloween movie, the villain in the film was a patient with mental illness who had escaped a mental institution. This depiction of mentally ill patients affects the way the society views and relates with people with mental illnesses. In many cases, social stigma also entails prejudice that involves responding to social stigma with negative emotions such as fear or avoidance of the mentally ill. Most people in the society today shun away from the mentally ill patients for the fear they might harm them or avoid them altogether. This is attributed to the media depiction of people with mental illnesses to be dangerous and violent that determines how the society relates to these individuals (Wahl, 2003). For example, a person who has watched the Halloween movie is most likely to avoid a mentally ill person who has been hospitalized for fear of the harm that might result from associating with this individual. As a result, media plays an integral role in influencing how the society views and interacts with people with mental illnesses and the associated public stigma and prejudice.

Wahl, O. F. (2003). News media portrayal of mental illness: Implications for public policy. American Behavioral Scientist, 46(12), 1594-1600.


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