The future of counseling involves an intersection between scientific study and Christian intervention. It will be necessary to have skills in both areas to be a good counselor. From this course, I have a better understanding of counseling after learning various research methods and designs. I will contribute to the growth of the counseling field by utilizing outcome-based research in my practice. This will be integral to my career as a counselor because it is effective. It investigates the usefulness of a counseling method in terms of safety, cost, and efficiency. This ensures that patients enjoy the best quality of care that has been proven to yield helpful results (Wood et al., 2021). I will also contribute to this field by carrying out further research on outcome-based methods. There are still a lot of topics that require further research. For instance, I am interested in researching transdiagnostic treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, especially in adolescents. I will advance the counseling discipline by exploring such topics of interest to me.
Aside from applying scientific concepts, I will explore the importance of Christian intervention strategies in counseling. Some patients need a faith-based approach to the problems they face. As a counselor, it is essential to customize my services to the needs of a patient. Having studied the place of religion in counseling, I understand how to integrate the two. For instance, it is not helpful to tell someone that their mental health issue is a punishment from God. Instead, I will promote beneficial counseling practices that result in the wellness of the patient. In summary, this course has helped me understand how science and religion come together to enhance patient outcomes in therapy.
Wood, A. W., Dorais, S., Gutierrez, D., Moore, C. M., & Schmit, M. K. (2021). Advancing the counseling profession through contemporary quantitative approaches. Journal of Counseling & Development, 99(2), 156-166. Web.