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HERE IS THE MAIN POST THAT ZANG RESPONDED TO
Discussion #1 Syllabus discussion
Read the syllabus (it’s long but has a great course description and intro to the course). Post any thoughts or questions you may have about the course overview and description. Does it surprise you to hear that some Humanistic therapists and theorists dislike the idea of therapeutic “interventions?”
General expectations for discussion posts~
The first post is generally a bit more scholarly and should include references, quotes, discussion of the readings. Responses may also include some of the above but are less formal. Ask questions or add to the topic. The idea is to deepen the conversation by commenting on your peers’ posts. Please be respectful of and learn from differences.
Please always give at least two responses to your peers. Ideally this will be done at several time points over the course of the discussion. The idea is that the discussion should resemble an in class discussion with lots of back and forth. It is helpful if you address your responses to the person or people you are responding to (e.g. “Marcia… I like what you said..”, so that they can quickly see that the response is meant for them. 🙂
In general, initial discussion post will be due by Sunday evening, and at least two responses by the following Wednesday evening. Please have fun with it! 🙂
Zangs REPOND TO THE MAIN POST
First of all, I chose to take this course this semester so I could gain more knowledge from Dr. Settlage and begin my practicum soon after the completion of this course. To be frank, I am very anxious to start my practicum, but I understand that this class is required to move forward with in-person experiences. In the RC experience, I soon learned that I had A LOT to learn from not just my instructors but my peers as well. Many of them are more knowledgeable in this subject and for the first time in my academic career, I am looking forward to learning from my peers with an open mind.
I can understand why some theorists would disagree with the idea of therapeutic interventions because it can easily be thought of as the patient believing something is wrong with them and must be “fixed.” I see this as a narrow point of view and if I were the patient, I do not believe I would respond well to someone attempting to “intervene” in my life.
I believe this post, although the first posts are usually meant to be more scholarly, is supposed to be a bit more lighthearted since we are all getting to know each other and this is an introductory post of sorts. The syllabus helped me better understand my role and responsibilities in this class but I believe that I will struggle in this course a bit more because it is unique in the way that we are expected to rely on the therapeutic skills we have now and improve upon them as we move throughout the course. Person-centered therapy is all about wording and how a person can be guided to solving their own problems. I am naturally a problem solver, so this will be a challenge for me.