As a 'good girl,' she is expected to meet the domestic demands of the family without complaining. She is also required to excel in studies in the university course.
I recognized that I had a tendency to rush through the questions during interview. I did not allow much time for reflection, and summarizing the discussions. At times, I did not ask more probing questions, even when such opportunities were present.
I therefore decided to use this session to practice reflective listening, and "stay with the interviewee" than "getting ahead of her." I also wished to practice empathic response, and make concerted efforts to understand the interviewee's propositions.
I also studied the tools presented in the video training material, "Building on Strength" which provided practical techniques in effective counseling for community based family workers (Armstrong, 1994). In particular, I decided to use Genograms and family maps to identify the immediate and extended family members, their interdependencies, and interconnectedness (Maidment, 2004).
I subscribe to Adlerian Family Therapy (Bitter, 1997), which assumes that both parents and children often become locked in repetitive, negative interactions based on mistaken goals. I also believe that the climate of relationships that exist between members in a family exerts tremendous influence in one's belief, thinking and responses (Sherman & Dinkmeyer, 1987). I found this paradigm useful in the context of current counseling session.
I also find great merit in adapting to the Adler's theory, that each person must be viewed as an individual from a holistic perspective (1938). I feel it is important to understand the whole person in a social context, than understanding different aspects of one's life or personality. In this regard, I applied the Genogram tool to the current counseling assignment.
Demonstrated Positive Counseling Behaviors:
I tried to reflect upon the interviewee's feelings through empathic response during the interactions. A strong feeling that emerged from discussions was that the interviewee has been subject to unfair quantum of work at home.
Despite three younger siblings, incidentally all brothers, the mantle of domestic chores directly fell upon her. The interviewee was also expected to perform equally well in her full time University study. She had to carry