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Chapter 32. Six Unforgivable Mistakes

Overtalking and underlistening. You may never learn the real problem.

Acting like a psychologist or clinical counselor when you are not. The individual might expect therapy, which you are not qualified to deliver.

Prying into the personal life of the individual you are attempting to help. It might destroy the counseling relationship.

Using a counseling relationship to your own advantage. This violates your primary role as a helper.

Failure to keep information obtained from a counseling relationship confidential. Otherwise you will be labeled as a person who cannot be trusted.

Making decisions for the person being counseled. They won’t learn how to make quality decisions. Also, if things don’t work out, they can blame you.

YOU NEED NOT HAVE HAD FORMAL TRAINING TO BE A GOOD COUNSELOR. HOWEVER, DON’T CONFUSE YOUR ROLE WITH PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELING. SOME PROBLEMS CAN BE HANDLED ONLY BY EXPERTS.


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