My Values, Beliefs, Clinical Gestalt with Individuals, and Systems Paper Human service professionals must follow a set of professional codes of ethics and laws that stress that their main obligation is to service their clients along with providing confidentiality, integrity, and follow-through. Clinical interviews must show clients that we value the person’s dignity and worth and that we treat everyone in the same respect. As a human service professional, we must remember to continuously work to accept others without judgment and without approving of specific behaviors.
Clinicians do more than just think and behave ethically; they also encourage us to take a stand against social and economic forces (Murphy & Dillon, 2011). Being a human service professional means that I will come into contact with many different people with behaviors that I will not personally approve of, but there are professional values and ethics that I must abide by. Keeping your professional values and personal beliefs separated is important to be successful in your career on the human service field. I am pretty strong-willed, so I do not feel that professional values will challenge my personal beliefs.
I do, however, feel that there will be some policies and laws in my professional career that may interfere with my personal beliefs but, I know that I must put my personal beliefs aside while working. My personal beliefs and values that are important to me are my religion and faith, my family and friends, my education and career, and knowing what is right and wrong and being able to choose between the two. My faith in God is the most important personal value. My religious beliefs are the root of my family values, my morals, and what make me who I am. I am a very family oriented person.
The people who come next after God are my husband and my daughter. I feel that spending time with your loved ones is my favorite past time and making sure that they know that you love them is the most important value to have. Being a true friend is also a very important value of mine. I think it is necessary to have all the good qualities and attributes that a good friend should have because true friends are hard to come by. Being loyal, trustworthy, caring, supportive, kind, and honest is what establishes the foundation of friendship, as well as family.
This attributes are important to have not only in your personal life, but as a human service professional as well. Past experiences that have influenced my personal beliefs and values are the trials and obstacles that I have faced throughout different times in my life. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I almost lost my life because of preeclampsia. I delivered my daughter 12 weeks premature and she spent the first eight weeks of her lift in the hospital fighting for her life as well. This really opened my eyes to how God works miracles and my daughter is truly my little miracle that God has blessed me with.
Because of this experience, this built my faith in God and improved my religious and faith values that I have. This experience also has brought me closer to family and friends, because you do not know when your last day here on Earth will be. You must treasure what time you do have with the ones that mean the most to you. My father suffered from an accident last February which resulted with him being paralyzed. I have watched him go through so many struggles throughout the past year and have gone through several struggles with him as well.
I have learned that it is important to help anyone, no matter the situation, if you are able to help them. Being there for someone is important so that they know that you care and they know that you mean as much as they mean to you. My family is very close, as well as my husband’s. I grew up with one sister, my mom, and my dad. Most of my extended family lives in different states, so it has always been just my immediate family; as a result of this, we have always been an extremely close-knit family. My husband grew up with one sister, his mom, and his dad as well.
Neither of our parents have been divorced, separated, or remarried. He, however, grew up very close to his extended family as well, which makes them all very close. This was a little bit of an adjustment for me because it has always just been me, my sister, and my mom and dad. Both of our families are Caucasian, Christian families. We have learned from our families that it is important that we stick together, no matter what; we work through any problems that we have and we do not give up. Our strong family and cultural backgrounds have greatly influenced mine and my husband’s personal values and beliefs within our own family.
The larger societal-and-systems contexts of my life include many societal norms. Societal norms are standards of conduct that members of society follow. Societal norms are what are acceptable and what are not and they distinguish what is acceptable in public from what should be kept in your private life. Usual norms include gender roles, dress, bearing, and speech. Some societal norms stay the same, while others change over time (Murphy & Dillon, 2011). In the society I live in, elders tend to be the ones who stick to the same societal norms throughout time, which may make their norms, seem outdated.
Two-parent families are the norm among our society as well, although there are plenty of divorced and single-parent families. Our society is mostly pluralistic, which means it is composed of many diverse cultures. There are Mexicans, African Americans, and Caucasians. Another context that our society deals with is drug and alcohol abuse. Every society and culture finds their own norms. As a human service professional, we work with many different clients and diverse situations and beliefs, which challenge our own values and beliefs.
An advantage of this would be that we are able to appreciate more of the world as it broadens our perspectives through exposure to differences. Other times, we are able to cherish our values that we share through experiences and beliefs with our clients of diverse cultures (Murphy & Dillon, 2011). The types of clients that I may or may not have to work with are abortion, drug-addicted parents, clients who are angry or who do not like professionals, religious zealots, domestic violence, transsexuals, lesbians, gays, bullying, inappropriate sexual relationships, racism, depression, eating disorders, and clients who are critical.
In conclusion, the strengths that I have are that I am able to work with and accept many cultural and societal norms. I am able to work with people of different race, ethnicity, and cultures without judgment as well. I am able to put my professional values, ethics, law and policies that I must abide by before my own personal beliefs and values as a human service professional. Some areas that I have determined need further improvement would be to learn how to empathize for my clients; I need to learn that I do not only put myself in their shoes, I must feel and do as my client would do in their shoes.
Another area that I could use improvement would be verbal and nonverbal communication. It is important to know how to communicate effectively and efficiently with your clients during clinical interviews. You must learn how to improve both communication and empathy by experience and practice.
Murphy, B. C. , & Dillon, C. (2011). Interviewing in Action in a Multicultural World. (4th ed. ). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning. Retrieved by the University of Phoenix eBook Collection database.