The semester has begun:
Intro. to Interviewing and Counseling is a skills class with far less emphasis on lectures. She won’t be going over the chapter readings unless we have questions. We are expected to read the chapters and bring the knowledge gained from them into our practice in class. We began today by getting to know the person next to us, interviewing them. After a few minutes, we introduced this person to the class, telling as much as we could remember about the person and their goals. It was a great exercise and a fun way to break the ice. We’ll be role-playing a lot, and she told us to have ideas about what sort of problems we want our characters to have; we won’t be the same client with the same problem each time. This will give me a chance to flex my old acting muscles, and to get creative. We won’t be critiquing the client, only the student playing the counselor.
My only gripe? I missed the inauguration today because of this class. I’ll have to watch it online. It won’t be the same, but at least I’ll see it.
Behavior Modification is also going to be very hands-on. In addition to the readings we will be taking on a project to work on. It can be a behavior of our own, of a friend or family member, or a pet. The (human) subject is to be made aware of the project and must agree to it. It could be helping them to stop smoking, stop complaining, any (single) behavior we choose. The project has to be run past the professor first, too, in order to assure it’s ethical. Everything must be planned and documented. We must report the outcome, whether we were successful or not. If we weren’t successful, though, we have to explain why, where we went wrong. That’s farther along in the semester, however, not now.
Both of these classes are going to be challenging and fun. They are not the sort of classes that you can just skate through; I’ll actually have to do some work. I like the subjects, of course, so that will make it easier.
Tomorrow: Elementary Spanish II.