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Beyond Encouragement:Validating Self-Worth and Character Through the Use of “Directed Reflections”
Al Milliren and Linda Maier
Encouragement is a basic element in our work as counselors and therapists.Through the use of a new strategy, “directed reflections,” we can go beyond encouragement, focusing on the 36 core components of character, and truly validate self-worth and character. The results of this technique are profound and all counselors/therapists can benefit from its application. In this article, the strategy of directed reflections is defined and demonstrated. Suggestions for use, such as in debriefing “homework” and in character education, are offered