Experiential Exercise

What do you think your results say about how you approach?

From the results, the theoretical areas where I scored the highest percentage are Cognitive-Behavioral therapy (86%), and Analytical therapy (81%), while the highest percentage for a set of combined theories in a specific conceptual orientation is on Psychodynamic (78%) and Cognitive-Behavioral (77%).

The high score on the psychodynamic theories (78%)reveals that as a human service professional, I view the functioning of a person as affected by the individual’s unconscious and conscious. As such, I tend to view and regard early child rearing practices as critical in the forming of a persons’ personality. The results, therefore, mean that, when handling clients in a human services capacity, I would examine the individual’s history and past, and its interaction with conscious and unconscious factors and the examination of the interaction of these two variables would inform the treatment approach I would employ to help in the therapeutic processes.The other broader conceptual orientation where I got a high score was on Cognitive-Behavioral (77%). These approaches view cognition and behavior as major factors affecting the development of personality and emotional state of an individual. These theories hold that cognition and behavior are learnable, and therefore they can be taught and retaught, eventually resulting in the development of a completely different personality.Therefore, clients can be healed by making them understand that new behaviors can consciously be learned.

While I obtained a high score in the psychodynamic theories (78%) followed by cognitive-behavioral theories (77%), from personal reflection and practice, I have found myself to lean more towards the cognitive-behavioraltheories.I believe that in as much as early child rearing practices are critical in the forming of a person’s personality, and examining an individual’s history and past, and its interaction with conscious and unconscious factors will help in the healing process during therapeutic processes, an individual’s personality can be changed through learning of a different set of cognitions and behaviors.I believe that problematic or undesirable behaviors can be replaced and new desirable onesapplied and reinforced.In particular, I believe in the effectiveness of reality therapy. The therapy holds the patient responsible for the choices they make, ‘keeping it real,’ uncluttered by emotional and intellectual excuses which impede personal growth. The theory’s belief in teaching patients the principles of internal control psychology and emphasis on the power of personal choice in determining life’s outcomeare some of the distinctive features that make itmy therapy of choice.

However, in order to grow in the career path of a human service professional, I will endeavor to learn more about mychosen therapy approach, updating my knowledge on the therapy through thecontinuous reading of current developments in the field. I will also be open to substituting or tweaking the approach to the specific needs of a patient, or as development in the industry prove the effectiveness of other therapies. This will ensure that I remain effective in my role as a human service professional.

Experiential Exercise Results



Fall, K. A., Holden, J. M., & Marquis, A. (2011). Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy. New York, NY: Routledge.

Neukrug, E. (2013). Theory, Practice and Trends in Human Services. Belmont: CA: Brooks/Cole.


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