Practice Accountability

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    • 00:01

      RICHARD PARSON: Hello, again.Well, counseling process, when it's successful,is something to be glorified and to celebrate.The truth of the matter is how do we know it's successful?One of the active ingredients of a true professional counseloris a desire to be able to assess not only whatthey do but the outcome or the impact of what they do.

    • 00:21

      RICHARD PARSON [continued]: Look, we're entering a field right nowwhere a number of parties are demanding accountability,whether it's a school board asking school counselors howthey spend their day or third-party insurancepayees that are asking how and why do we know that counselingdoes work.And you as a counselor are going to beresponsible to respond to those third-party requestor to your administrators.

    • 00:43

      RICHARD PARSON [continued]: Counseling by definition is a professionthat needs to be accountable.Now the accountability we're talking aboutas you read through the text is on two different levels.First of all, we need to be accountable for the outcomesthat we can demonstrate.This has been called summative evaluationand there's wonderful ways to gatherdata that shows that what we have done is effective.

    • 01:04

      RICHARD PARSON [continued]: That the goals the client have established have been achieved.But that's only part of the assessment process.A good effective ethical counseloralso uses what's called formative assessment.And this is used in every session,not just between sessions but in the process of the session.Formative assessment, as you noted throughout the text,

    • 01:24

      RICHARD PARSON [continued]: is a process by which we go, where do I want to go?How do I think I'm getting there?And then to take a moment and go,did I move to that particular marker or that road sign?Formative assessment helps us make adjustments in process.So as you go through the counseling process itself,the dynamic itself, not only haveyour eye on the [INAUDIBLE] goal but have

    • 01:46

      RICHARD PARSON [continued]: your eye on those little markers along the way that says,hey you know what, our process is working.

Practice Accountability

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Prof. Richard Parsons explains the importance of evaluation and assessment in counseling.

Practice Accountability

Prof. Richard Parsons explains the importance of evaluation and assessment in counseling.

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