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Competency-Based Counseling -- Building on Client Strengths
by Frank Thomas and Jack Cockburn
1998.
Augsburg Fortress Press (Minneapolis MN) [146 pages].
[Answer 7 of 10 questions to receive
6 hours of Continuing Education credit].

 

Chapter 1: Why “Competency-Based” Counseling? (p. 7-25)
1. Competency-based counseling assumes
a. the need for insight from an expert.
b. underlying psychological causes for symptoms.
c. the tremendous potential of people.
d. identifying the source of the problem.
 
Chapter 3: A Map for Competency-Based Counseling -- Part 1: Getting Oriented (p. 39-64)

2. When joining, the counselor should ask about
a. success.
b. previous counseling experiences.
c. the major problems.
d. what hasn’t worked.
 
3. Goals should be
a. small.
b. concrete actions.
c. stated in the positive.
d. all of the above.
 
Chapter 4: A Map for Competency-Based Counseling -- Part II: Getting on the (Short) Road to Change (p. 65-81)

4. When a competency-based counselor wants the client to envision their future without their problem, the counselor should ask
a. the miracle question.
b. a scaling question.
c. a coping question.
d. an exception question.
 
5. When a client’s situation is so overwhelming that the client does not notice any positive change, and any attempt to get them to see exceptions to their problem could be potentially harmful, the counselor should switch to using
a. the miracle question.
b. scaling questions.
c. coping questions.
d. self-perception questions.
 
6. Which is TRUE concerning exceptions to the counselee’s problem?
a. All exceptions are relevant and meaningful.
b. Exceptions are a future event.
c. The counselor determines the relevancy of an exception.
d. Exceptions are already happening.
 
7. When helping clients to keep change going, a competency-based counselor would encourage
a. noticing any improvement in their situation.
b. keeping track of when the problem reoccurs.
c. making major changes.
d. learning new skills.
 
Chapter 5: Two Case Examples of Competency-Based Counseling (p. 83-96)

8. In Case #1, after Maggie told the counselor about her daughter using drugs and acting out sexually, the counselor turned the conversation in a positive direction by
a. asking if her daughter’s behavior had improved since moving to a new city.
b. telling her that most kids grow out of this wild phase.
c. reassuring Maggie that her daughter’s behavior was not Maggie’s fault.
d. locating the source of the daughter’s problem behavior.
 
Chapter 6: Resource Focus (p. 97-123)

9. During premarital counseling, the authors use genograms to
a. identify the major family difficulties (alcohol, depression, etc).
b. highlight family resources and positive stories.
c. explain the differences between men and women.
d. identify possible areas of conflict.
 
Chapter 7: A Cautionary Note to “Go Slowly” (p 125-133)

10. When a client presents more than one problem, the counselor should
a. address the most difficult problem first.
b. address the easiest problem first.
c. schedule more sessions.
d. ask the client which problem the client would like to begin with.