Epistemology Paper

Epistemology Paper Using a Solution Focused Theory/Model Epistemology Paper (100 pts): This paper should be about 18-20 pages of content (not counting title page, abstract, or references). This paper is about your worldview for counseling”it’s how you know what you know about people and relationships. Your Epistemology determines how you make sense of the counseling world, how you understand people and their relationships, and what you do with clients (what you think is important information to collect, how you assess, how you conceptualize a case, how you intervene, and how you know when counseling is done). Based on your epistemology you will ask different questions, behave differently, and have different goals for counseling than someone with a different epistemology. You will explore your own worldview/values and write about how they fit with your view of counseling. You must connect your ideas”your view of what is œnormal, how to help people, what information to collect, how to intervene, etcetera must all be connected. For example, you shouldn’t say that you think insight into the past is important and then ask all future-oriented questions. That doesn’t connect! Use the questions posed in the Simon book to help you out and the questions below. You don’t have to choose a specific counseling model to answer the questions, but it makes things easier if you do. Make sure to read the end of each of the Simon chapters where he applies the questions to different marital, couple, and family models. This will help you a bit. Ina addition, you should consider the following questions: 1. How do you define normal? What makes a œgood relationship? 2. What do you believe your role is as a counselor with your clients? What are your responsibilities in counseling versus your clients’ responsibilities? 3. What is your definition of change? How do you know when change has occurred? How do you measure change? What kind of changes are most important in your perspective? How much is œenough change in counseling? 4. How are goals determined for counseling? Who has the responsibility for creating change? Are there certain goals every client should have? 5. What are your views on joining? How do you define it and what is its importance in the counseling process? 6. How important are hypothesizing and assessment in your view? How does your view of hypothesizing and assessment relate to your definition of change? Describe how your view of what’s œnormal, your view of change, hypothesizing, and assessment connect to each other? 7. How do you know when to terminate counseling? 8. What is the place of counselor and/or client values in counseling? How do you deal with counselor/client values and differences in values? 9. How important are issues of diversity (e.g. race, gender, affectional orientation, spirituality/religion)? How will you deal with issues of diversity?

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