I believe that showing genuine care by instilling confidence in the proposed treatment for a patient is essential during consultations for them to have the full effect. A counselor must display competence as a professional whose opinion is based on a solid foundation, as this confidence will be transferred to a client, further improving their chances of total recovery (Herdman, 2018). However, this confidence does not come from simply caring for patients’ well-being.
Simply providing consultations or referring to other specialists is not a sufficient way to demonstrate comprehensive quality care. The primary task of a counselor is to analyze all the data regarding the patient and their condition and optimize the combined efforts of every specialist involved in treatment. To ensure that a patient receives comprehensive quality care, it is vital for a counselor to be able to deliver this idea. While the responsibility for a patient lies on the counselor, the necessary treatment is organized and conducted by a team (Herdman, 2018). Therefore, team meetings are a mandatory part of the process, and it is up to a counselor to ensure that both the team and their patients have relevant information.
Moreover, as Nakia (Wednesday, 13 January 2021, 12:14 PM) stated in her post, it is unwise to take any actions that are outside of a counselor’s abilities and such intentions must be discussed with the treatment team prior to execution. I would like to put an emphasis on Melanie’s words (Monday, 18 January 2021, 12:16 AM), as she has mentioned a crucial point that a counselor must never break ethical barriers with his or her customers. This behavior can be potentially harmful to the treatment process and involves risks of sabotaging all the progress achieved by the team.
Herdman, J. (2018). Global criteria: The 12 core functions of the substance abuse counselor (6th ed.).