Engaging in Self-Observation and Reflections on the Concept of Diversity

Question description This assignment invites you to engage in self-examination, which will help you to become more aware of the unique features of your experiences, beliefs, and values. Everything we see is filtered through our personal frame of reference and our very presence changes the context. Therefore, we do not discover behavior, we create it (Becvar & Becvar, 1999, p. 36). This means that we can never achieve a completely neutral stance; we can never divorce ourselves from our own biases, assumptions, and beliefs. What we can do is to take responsibility for our assumptions, biases and beliefs and recognize them as such. This process requires recurrent self-examination and self-reflection. Part I (Adopted from Johnny Saldana): Self-examination Divide an empty sheet of paper into three parts. On the top of the paper, please write: This is where I am today, in the middle This is how I got here, and towards the bottom This is where I would like to be. Then take a few moments and write a short paragraph to describe each statement in the framework of your professional aspiration to become a successful and culturally competentMarriage and Family Therapist. Part II: Self-observation Choose a public location where you can easily observe people without necessarily being noticed. Take 15 minutes to observe several people that you notice in the crowd. You can choose to take notes pertaining to the type of people that you are noticing, your reactions towards these people, and your thoughts while completing this assignment. After completing the assignment, write a 2-3 page paper summarizing your experience pertaining to these three categories (people description, your reactions [physical and emotional], your thoughts in the process of completing the assignment). Part III: Self-reflection In this part of the assignment, you are invited to reflect on two concepts: change and diversity. Reflecting on the concept of change, consider different factors that you believe are the most important to create the experience of change. In a 1-page reflection, please provide an example of a profound change that you experienced at some point of your life. Reflecting on diversity, use your critical and creative thinking skills to compose a reflective essay that focuses on key ideas related to diversity, your personal philosophy of diversity, and the importance for cultural competence in family therapy. Please incorporate references to the assigned readings to support your thesis.Then following the examples in the Speak Out section on pp. 58-59 of the Family Therapy Magazine (see the Books and Resources for this material), write your own entry to add to the page if you were invited to speak out. The whole entry should be 4-5 pages. Aspects of culture and diversity must be interwoven throughout the three parts of this assignment. Length: 6-8 pagestotal (includes parts I, II, and III) Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Upload your assignment using the Upload Assignment button.Your submission should be composed of three parts combined in one document: self-examination (1 page), self-observation(2-3 pages essay), and self-reflection (3-4 pages essay). Gehart, D. R. (2014) Mastering competencies in family therapy Read Chapter 2 ArticlesReferenceInstructionBlow, A., Sprenkle, D., & Davis, S. (2007). Is who delivers the treatment more important than the treatment itself? The role of the therapist in common factors.http://search.proquest.com.proxy1.ncu.edu/docview/220946030/abstract/135256641282BA4DE5A/10?accountid=28180Read ArticleFife, S. T., Whiting, J. B., Bradford, K., & Davis, S. (2014). The therapeutic pyramid: A common factors synthesis of techniques, alliance and way of being.http://proxy1.ncu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofs&AN=93926150&site=ehost-liveRead ArticleFranklin, C. (2002). Becoming a strengths fact finderFranklin.pdf.pdfRead ArticleHastings, C. (2002) So, how do you become culturally competent?Hastings.pdf.pdfRead ArticleLawless, J. A. (2002). A Caucasian males journey toward cultural competence. Lawless.pdf.pdfRead ArticleManderscheid, R. W. (2002). Crossing the quality chasm of racial disparitiesManderscheid.pdf.pdfRead ArticleMcIntosh, P. (1988). White privilege: Unpacking the invisible knapsack. http://proxy1.ncu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=9604164115&site=eds-liveRead ArticleTakeuchi, D. T. (2002). Race, place, and diversityTakeuchi.pdf.pdfRead Article WebsitesReferenceInstructionNCU SMFS Diversity Conversation.https://ncumft2.webex.com/ncumft2/ldr.php?RCID=e9121d1e6bac5f362f2ecf5a4fa44316Optional: Watch Video Document/OtherReferenceInstructionSpeak OutSpeak Out.pdf.pdSignature Assignment: Creating Therapeutic Alliance During this week, you will become familiar with multiple factors that can contribute to the success or failure of a therapeutic encounter. Researchers pointed out that a therapists ability to apply a specific therapeutic model successfully usually accounts for only about 8 to 15 percent of a successful outcome, while a therapists ability to establish a meaningful connection with a client, will account for as much as 30 percent. Therefore, it is important to examine and apply in practice diverse factors that contribute to the development of a successful therapeutic alliance between a client and a therapist. Among many other factors, taking into consideration the diversity of our backgrounds and experiences and building our connections while accounting for the concept of diversity constitute important steps towards success. In addition, become aware of our own perceptions, belief systems, and general way of being is an important aspect of our continuous professional development as Marriage and Family Therapist. This week, you will complete your Signature Assignment, which will constitute the first step in this developmental process, which will continue throughout the program.From last assignment: I thought your content of this paper more than completed the assignment expectations. You have clearly identified a major theme of the paper and brought in ideas from your readings to support these thoughts. Your organization is clear and your ideas are well-stated. Literally the only thing that I noticed that is really subtle is related to your in-text citations. If you have an entire paragraph from one source, you would put the in-text citation after the first sentence of the paragraph. Often times also, ideas that are not common knowledge will be cited with an in-text citation (even if you personally know it you have to prove that the idea is legitimate). So, you will see a couple of places where I put (CITE) I would just insert a reference here (likely one of the two that you have here. Please let me know if you have any questions! This is very well-done especially given your circumstances. ~Valerie Glass 6/21/16She gave a 99% Yeah!!

Get assignment assistance in less than four minutes!

Our Offering

  • 100% Original Papers
  • Plagiarism Reports provided
  • Masters Level Writing
  • Timely Delivery
  • Proofread assignments