“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
Time to begin
You have been, I hope, gaining important knowledge about our profession. You have been, I hope, using that knowledge to develop your personal ideas and identity as a counselor. With this class you take your preparation and begin working with clients in a counseling environment.
Almost everyone is nervous when starting this part of their training. This is not a bad thing. Until you actually start working with clients, you cannot fully understand this work and your capabilities to do this work. This is the ultimate goal of this class: To give you a chance, in a safe environment, to test your skills and, perhaps most important, make mistakes. With active supervision, your mistakes will not be harmful, but they will teach you important lessons. And if you are not making mistakes, you are not stretching yourself, which means you are probably not learning much. So let yourself take risks; it is the best way to learn.
This is where things should change for you. This could be where you decide whether the counselor identity matches who you will be. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.
“Your greatest instrument is you, yourself, and the work of self-understanding is endless.
I’m still learning.”