Professional Identity

Introduction
As an initial step into the process of personal growth, introspection, and self-awareness, we first need to establish our current foundation: our worldview. Worldview is essentially how an individual sees his or her relationship to the rest of the world. Our worldview determines or affects how we perceive and evaluate every situation, and it influences how we think, behave, or feel in relationship to that situation. Sue & Sue (2008) contend that the development of worldview is intimately connected to a person’s cultural rearing and background and overall life experiences. Ultimately our worldviews define our attitudes, values, and opinions about life in general, our relationships. In addition, worldviews are our life philosophies and influence our thoughts, behaviors, decisions and life choices (Sue & Sue, 2008). This means that as counselors, our worldview will inform the therapeutic process.
The nature of clinical reality is connected to worldviews. Fully defining, understanding, and monitoring our worldview is essential to our success as counselors. We must enter the worldview of our clients rather than requiring our clients to entering ours. In order to do that, we must create a clear path for self-reflection and awareness and understand the relationships between these processes, worldview, and professional identity.
Professional identity is the way an individual is defined within a chosen career field. In the counseling profession, it includes aspects such as engaging in various clinical experiences and professional roles, membership and activity within professional counseling associations, defining methods and philosophies of clinical practice, advocating for the profession in political arenas, and defining and understanding the ongoing process of introspection and self-awareness.
Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2008). Counseling the culturally diverse (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Articulate the relationship between self-reflection and self-awareness.
2. Identify the potential impact of self-reflection and self-awareness on professional counselor identity.
3. Reflect on the importance of continual cultural competency for maintaining effective practice.
4. Review professional organizations and activities that will enhance professional development.
• Readings
Use your Clinical Interviewing text to complete the following:
1. Review Chapter 2, “Foundations and Preparation—Self-Awareness,” pages 30–36. This portion of Chapter 2 discusses the importance of developing and maintaining self-awareness as a counselor.
2. Read the Worldview and Professional Identity course below.
Worldview
As an initial step into the process of personal growth, introspection, and self-awareness, we first need to establish our current foundation: our worldview. Worldview is essentially how an individual sees his or her relationship to the rest of the world. Our worldview determines or affects how we perceive and evaluate every situation, and it influences how we think, behave, or feel in relationship to that situation. Sue & Sue (2008) contend that the development of worldview is intimately connected to a person’s cultural rearing and background and overall life experiences. Ultimately our worldviews define our attitudes, values, and opinions about life in general, our relationships. In addition, worldviews are our life philosophies and influence our thoughts, behaviors, decisions and life choices (Sue & Sue, 2008). This means that as counselors, our worldview will inform the therapeutic process.
The nature of clinical reality is connected to worldviews. Fully defining, understanding, and monitoring our worldview is essential to our success as counselors. We must enter the worldview of our clients rather than requiring our clients to entering ours. But in order to do that, we must create a clear path for self-reflection and awareness and understand the relationships between these processes, worldview, and professional identity.
Professional Identity
Professional identity is the way an individual is defined within a chosen career field. In the counseling profession, it includes aspects such as engaging in various clinical experiences and professional roles, membership and activity within professional counseling associations, defining methods and philosophies of clinical practice, advocating for the profession in political arenas, and defining and understanding the ongoing process of introspection and self-awareness.
Reference
Sue, D. W., & Sue, D. (2008). Counseling the culturally diverse (5th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

World View and Self-Reflection
ASSIGNMENT: 1 page needed with two references.
Describe what ideas and factors are embedded in one’s worldview. Discuss how one’s worldview impacts the counseling process from a client’s and counselor’s perspective.
Address the following in your post:
1. Define self-reflection and self-awareness.
2. Articulate the relationship between self-reflection and self-awareness.
3. Explore the impact of self-reflection and self-awareness on professional counselor identity.

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