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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the person-centered model?

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clevergloggs | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted April 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM via web

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of the person-centered model?

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psyproffie | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted April 21, 2013 at 1:59 PM (Answer #1)

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The concept of a person centered approach is that the client is the best expert on themselves and is best able to help heal themselves. This is the opposite of the medical approach in which the client is viewed as someone who needs to be fixed by those other than the client.

The strengths of the person centered approach can include that the client is the one guiding the experience while the practitioner reflects what the client is stating or doing and can re-frame ideas and practices. The practitioner does not pass judgement regarding whether the client is right or wrong.

A weakness with this approach could be that as it is client led; it is up to the client to be able to process information and make logical decisions for his/her own well being.  In the event that someone is not able to do this, the cornerstone of the practitioner not passing judgement or making statements when the client is right or wrong could be counter productive to the well being of the client.

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