Monday, 2 July 2012

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A reflection on biopsychology, and the  biopsychosocial as a whole.

A Bigger Picture Perspective
This course has impacted my counseling style by giving me a deeper understanding of the characteristics associated with a wide variety of diagnoses from depression to anorexia (Pinel, 2012); uncovering the complexities of each condition has been fascinating. This course has given me insight into characteristics, coping mechanism and behaviour patterns associated with clients from infant to elderly.
Coming from a strictly behavioural background, it has become increasingly clear to me that the connection between mind and body is very powerful. I found Sigelman and Rider (2012) to be particularly insightful when it came to depicting the holistic perspective and cyclical relationship between mind and body.
Sigelman and Rider’s concept of social norms as a contributing factor to parenting style was insightful and relevant for me as a child-behaviour therapist; understanding the various perspectives has allowed me to be an active part of trouble-shooting, and parental support. A large part of my role is the education and training of parents; gaining insight into the various styles of attachment, and parenting was both relevant and informative.
As before I find myself learning towards alternative therapies (that is, alternative to medication) like diet, exercise, conversational therapy, behavioural intervention and so on; but after having taken this course, I appreciate that though medication should be a last resort, it is the missing piece of the puzzle for some individuals. The ability to know when to make a referral, is a very valuable (actually, an essential) skill.

Pinel, J.P. (2012). Basics of biopsychology. Boston: Pearson
Sigelman and Rider. (2012) Life span and human development (7e) Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
Woolfson, L. L., & Grant, E. E. (2006). Authoritative parenting and parental stress in parents of
pre-school and older children with developmental disabilities. Child: Care, Health & Development32(2), 177-184. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2006.00603.x


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