he Final Project requires you to interview (in person) a licensed mental health counselor who works with a population in a setting that interests you. For example, if you are interested in working as an in-home counselor with children diagnosed with mood disorders, interview someone who does this work. You then apply the information from this course, as well as in an interview you conduct, to your understanding of what it means to be a mental health counselor. *Please note that it is NOT acceptable to interview a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, addictions specialist, school counselor, or other mental health provider for this assignment.
Although the Final Project includes interview material, this is not the only component of this assignment. Please make sure to review the full project description below.
Overview of Final Project Components Component I: Narrative Summation of Interview Your summation should be presented as a narrative rather than a listing of questions and answers. It is recommended that you audiotape the interview so that you may review it as you complete the Final Project. For the interview, use the following questions. Several questions relate to topics covered in this course so that you may gain an understanding of how the course topics apply to the life of a counselor. If a question is related to a weekly topic, the week number is in parentheses after the question. During the interview you may add additional questions of your own that are prompted by the conversation When someone asks you how being a clinical mental health counselor is different from being a social worker or psychologist, what do you tell them? What are your thoughts on the current labor market for counselors? Can you describe what a normal day looks like for you as you do your job? What ethical and legal issues do you have to keep in mind each day? (Week 4) What theory (or theories) inform your practice and why? (Week 6) How does understanding and respecting multiculturalism help you as a counselor? (Week 7) How does your knowledge of human growth and development inform your practice? (Week 7) How do you use assessments to help you with client case conceptualization? (Week 8) Talk about your experiences with referring clients for psychotropic medications. What advice might you give me? (Week 8) What kinds of provisions do you, or does your agency make, for emergency response management? Talk about a time when you had to respond to a natural disaster or some other large-scale crisis. If you never have encountered one, talk about a time when you had to respond to a client crisis. (Week 9) What is the role of accountability in your counseling practice? In what ways are you accountable and how do you address that accountability? (Week 11) Reflect on how you determine when you need to seek consultation or supervision. Can you provide me with a specific example of each? (Week 10) How have you engaged in advocacy (for clients, for the profession)? If so, what did that involve and how did it go? What do you do to maintain self-care and wellness? (Week 2) What are the most significant personal development issues you face as a counselor? How have you addressed personal and professional growth and development? Component II: A Day in the Life of a Clinical Mental Health Counselor Using the information from the interview, course Learning Resources, and course assignments, create the story of a day in the life of the clinical mental health counselor you interviewed. Embed into your story the significant information from both the course and the interview. Be specific, use examples, and include what you believe to be the most significant topics, even if they might not happen in a typical day. The purpose of this project component is for you to demonstrate your understanding of what day-to-day life is like for a mental health counselor related to and referencing the material in the course as well as information gleaned elsewhere. It also is to demonstrate how a counselor might address/handle issues and/or situations that are the most important and/or challenging. Component III: Reflection © 2015 Laureate Education, Inc. Page 19 of 30 In this component, you reflect on both the interview and the course. In your reflection, respond to the questions below. Your reflection should be presented as a narrative rather than a listing of questions and answers. What did you learn from the interview that you did not learn in the course? What, if anything, did you learn from the interview that contrasted with what you learned in the course? What do you understand better from the course as a result of doing the interview? What came to life in the interview so that the information you gained in the course is more meaningful and relevant now? What do you anticipate the impact of being a clinical mental health counselor may be on who you are personally?