Brief counseling has proven invaluable in settings like schools, like in this scenario, or health facilities where therapists or counselors have to deal with a larger number of clients within a limited time. This technique focuses majorly on the future of the client. It postulates that many problems are formed in a relationship and these can be solved by changing how we interact with the concerned party (Pearsoncmg.com, n.d). The therapist has to form a refreshing relationship with the client: In this scenario we see the therapist asking for help while indeed it is the client who needs help. Brief counseling holds that from a client’s complaint, a beneficial direction can be generated. Subsequently, a problem can be solved by making small positive adjustments to invoke changes in other aspects of their lives and that progress can still be achieved whether the therapist does not know how to express the client’s problem effectively (Franklin et al., 2011).
In this case, the clients are in the pre-convenience stage of moral development. The first respondent attaches failure to bring in his assignment with punishment which is being denied an opportunity to watch a movie (Franklin et al., 2011). In this case, the solvable problem relates to the client’s occasional inability to bring his assignments either home or to school. The therapist doesn’t rebuke the client’s inability to bring in homework but instead falls in sync and identifies himself as being in the same state during his days in school. The therapist finally identifies the client’s strength which is the desire to bring home more homework.
In my role as a therapist with the desire to carry the session to its completion, I would involve use probes to make the client state the benefits of doing more homework home. Later, I will set goals to motivate them to make some adjustments that will guarantee change. Although brief counseling and reality therapy are similar in that they are client oriented rather than therapist centered and brief, the two techniques are different in some aspects. Brief counseling focuses on the problem and how it can be changed while reality therapy seeks to solve the problem by including basic needs such as freedom, love, and self-worth that were not met that resulted to the problem (Franklin et al., 2011). Whereas reality therapy identifies with the present state profoundly to influence the future, brief counseling focuses largely on the future; brief counseling majors on solutions.
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Franklin, C., Trepper, T. S. McCollum, E. E., & Gingerich, W. J. (2011). Solution-focused brief therapy: a handbook of evidence-based practice. Oxford: OUP USA, 2011