Reflective Journal Assignment Instructions
The Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity for you to evaluate your journey through the developmental stages and transitions of your life and to reflect how the impact of these transitions may help or hinder your work as a counselor.
Basic Description: In Part A of this assignment, you will evaluate your life in 10 year segments up through your present age (I AM 38 YEARS OLD). You will select your most influential transition, and then research a journal article or a book chapter and write a summary about what you learned. In Part B you will be asked to reflect on what you discovered and how you think it may impact you and your clients in your future counseling profession.
- Compose a brief paragraph (approximately100–150 words) about each 10-year segment of your life explaining the major events or transitions that have impacted you during each of those 10 years. The older you are, the longer this section will be as you will have a greater number of 10 year segments. This section will be approximately 1–3 pages in length. Integrate Erikson’s stages into this section of the paper.
- Determine what specific transition was the most difficult for you.
- Find and read a professional journal article or a chapter from a scholarly book that discusses the transition or life stage challenge (marriage, divorce, eating disorder, empty nest, etc.) that was most influential to you. This should be a source outside of your class materials (or your COUN 502 class materials).
- End Part A by writing a paragraph summary about what you learned from your journal article or book chapter. (This should also be around 100–150 words.)
Part B: Upon completing Part A, compose a 3–5 page paper reflecting on the most influential transitions that you have experienced in your life. You are required to integrate 2 concepts or illustrations and discoveries from your class readings, the research you did (journal article or book chapter), and presentations during Module/Week 3. At the end of this paper include a paragraph that discusses strengths and weaknesses that may have developed from your transitions that may hinder or help you in your counseling and future burnout vulnerability.