Complete the “Counseling Disposition Reflection Worksheet.”While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
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Counseling Disposition Reflection Worksheet
Directions: Review the dispositions document and select three dispositions that you currently
meet. Complete the chart by listing the dispositions met as well as a description of how the
disposition is met. Each description response should be 75-100 words in length. Please note: you
do not need to be actively practicing to complete this worksheet.
Description of how the disposition is met
1. Self-Awareness:
2. Cultural Diversity
3. Acceptance:
Directions: Now that you have identified dispositions that you currently meet, review the
disposition document again and consider any dispositions that you do not meet. Complete the
chart below by adding the two dispositions you do not meet as well as a preliminary plan in
regards to how you plan to improve the identified dispositions. Each description response should
be 75-100 words in length.
Description of how you plan to improve
the disposition
1. Psychological Fitness:
2. Patience:
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Counselor Dispositional Expectations
Dispositions are the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward
others, and, if sincerely held, dispositions lead to actions and patterns of professional conduct. The
Grand Canyon University Counseling Program’s dispositions adhere to the University’s mission
statement, as well as to the established counseling profession codes of ethics.
The Grand Canyon University Counseling Program have adopted the following dispositions for
its students derived from the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics. Although
these dispositions are not all inclusive, they do represent values and qualities that are warranted by
counseling students. Students who fail to adhere to or demonstrate such dispositions may be
subject to disciplinary actions.

Psychological Fitness: Counselors* are aware and assess their motives for pursuing the
counseling profession. They are aware of their unfinished emotional and/or mental health
issues, and resolve them before starting to provide counseling services to others. Counselors
engage in self-care and seek resolutions to issues that arise during their practice. Counselors
adhere to the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and/or the NAADAC,
the Association for Addiction Professionals Code of Ethics.

Self-Awareness: Counselors are aware of their personal moral, ethical, and value systems and
provide counseling services with objectivity, justice, fidelity, veracity, and benevolence.
Counselors are acutely aware of their personal limitations in providing services, and are willing
to refer clients to another provider when necessary.

Cultural Diversity: Counselors respect, engage, honor, and embrace diversity and a
multicultural approach that supports the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people
within their social and cultural context. Counselors promote self-advocacy and assist clients in
advocating for empowerment within their cultural context.

Acceptance: Counselors foster a healthy climate of change by providing and promoting
acceptance, and a nonjudgmental environment during the therapeutic process. They understand
their personal value system and do not impose their values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on
their clients.

Empathy: Counselors foster understanding, compassion, and avoid any actions that can cause
harm to a client. Counselors treat others with dignity and respect.

Genuineness: Counselors deal truthfully with themselves and their clients, in order to avoid
harming their clients.
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Flexibility: Counselors practice a client-centered approach, and align treatment to the client’s
goals for therapy.

Patience: Counselors understand the therapeutic process and respect client’s efforts to gain
control over their lives. Counselors encourage an environment that promotes selfempowerment and allows client’s voice in the therapeutic process.

Amiability: Counselors do not support or engage in any act of discrimination against a
prospective, current, or former client. Counselors promote and practice social justice and do
not exploit others in their professional relationships.

Professional Identity: Counselors adhere to regulatory state boards and nationally recognized
codes of ethics. Counselors practice only within their scope and competencies. They seek to
utilize best practices and empirically supported treatments. Counselors stay current with the
counseling profession through seeking continuing education, and by supporting counseling
* The term counselor is used to refer to counselors in training at the graduate level.
American Counseling Association (2014). ACA Code of Ethics. Alexandria, VA: Author.
Walz, G. R., & Bleuer, J. C. (2010). Counselor dispositions: An added dimension for admission
decisions. Vistas Online publication, 1, 11-11.
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