Personal Success Plan
In the article, Training the Person of the therapist in an Academic Setting the authors describes the training model of Person-of-the –therapist (POTT) that was created to enhance the therapist’s skills in therapy. The framework of the model designed to encourage the therapists to examine themselves in four areas to define their strengths and weakness. These skills were limited to only a few institutes in the earlier practices however have expanded throughout the years. While reading this article I took the time to examine my skills using the theoretical framework of the POTT training model.
The first step involved the therapist being aware of personal challenges. In my career in the mental health field, my personal challenges included spiritual belief. Spiritual belief is a broad area, and can result to numerous areas of conflict. One particular conflict I struggled with was same sex marriage and homosexuality. To some profession, it may seem like a simple area easy to overcome, however I have a strong spiritual belief in heterosexual relationships that it has caused problems with providing effective treatment in the past. The second stage involves the therapist’s awareness of self-emotion that may revolve from one own history. As a person that has over-come numerous of obstacles during childhood as well as adulthood, I have found it easy to relate to many of my clients, however recall little to no problems with providing applicable treatment without allowing my pass emotions to jeopardize the treatment. The third stage involves managing stage one and two. Although spirituality is been a weakness in my previous profession, however, the awareness has allowed me to work particularly in this area, and I have noticed much improvement throughout my practice in the mental health field. Continuing to work on improving my weakness will decrease the flaws in my profession. The final stage involves the ability to empathize with clients while utilizing personal experiences. This stage has allowed me to establish positive relationships with my clients. The majority of my clients mentioned that they prefer to work with people who can relate to their problems. Whenever I had clients that stated problems that I was unable to relate from personal experience, I was able to connect with the client emotionally.
In the article Reflection of Two Trainees: Person-of-the-Therapist Training for Marriage and Family Therapists the authors describe a Person-of-the-Therapist Training (POTT) study that was conducted at Drexel that included first year marriage and family therapist (MFT) students. These students were randomly chosen, meaning only several first year MFT students participated in the study. There were only six students chosen to participate in the study, however three students later discontinued their participation, leaving only three participants left. Throughout the study, the students were required to use a journal to record the...