The Counseling Relationship

The Counseling Relationship

TheCounseling Relationship

TheCounseling Relationship

Thefundamental objective of counseling is to help individuals utilizetheir existing problem solving knowledge more effectively or developfresh and better coping skills. Ideally, a counselor cannot fix theproblems of other persons but can help them realize that they havethe potential to manage their own issues. Counseling is a processwith a beginning, middle and an end. In each of the parts, acounselor must be able to do specific things to help realize thecounseling objectives. In essence, counseling is aimed at reaching apoint whereby further counseling is deemed unnecessary. This essaylooks at the role of counseling, the discharge plan and whether thereis need to have a relapse plan for every discharge plan.

Dischargeplanning is defined as a process in which a counselor decides on whatis needed by a patient or client for a smooth transition from onelevel of counseling to another. Discharge planning helps thecounselor and his or her client have a vivid comprehension andprospect of the course of action at discharge (Nelson, Maruish &ampAxler, 2014). In addition, the service provider is able to keep inmind the ultimate purpose of providing support services to hisclient. Discharge planning entail checking all the details involvinga client. The case should be well identified including why the clientneeds support of a counselor. Another important thing that need to befed in a discharge plan is the contacts of the client. Contacts areimportant as they help in making a follow up of the client’sprogress by the counselor. In addition, it is easier to assign asocial worker to assist the client in case the client requiresadditional support like in the case of the elderly, the mentally ill,the sick or those with physical challenges. In addition, it isimportant to include any externalities that influence or affect theclient including any drugs that the client may be using such asalcohol, narcotics or prescribed medications. In this way thecounselor will be able to determine the right course to take whenhelping the client recover from his or her problems. A discharge planmust also have all the steps undertaken by the counselor in realizinga smooth recovery of the patient.

Acounselor must realize that counseling does not mean that a case willbe successful. As such a relapse prevention plan is necessary in allcases to ensure that the client is able to monitor and control him orherself from experiencing a relapse. A relapse plan is designed bythe counselor and is filled by the patient in his own understanding,guided by a professional counselor (Nelson, Maruish &amp Axler,2014). Depending on the type of the case however, a relapse plan maynot be necessary. It is upon the counselor discretion to provide arelapse plan or not. However, it is highly recommended to have such aplan so as to assist the patient reflect and be able to move on withthe new decision or choices made after a counseling therapy.

Conclusively,counseling is a noble practice and the relationship establishedbetween a counselor and his client must seek to optimize results. Adischarge plan helps in accounting for important steps taken inassisting the client. A relapse plan is also necessary even thoughnot compulsory depending on individual case.

References

Nelson,E. A., Maruish, M. E., &amp Axler, J. L. (2014). Effects ofdischarge planning and compliance with outpatient appointments onreadmission rates. PsychiatricServices.