If I am going to very honest, and what’s the point of not being honest, right? If I am being very honest, this is the area of counselling that I have the least experience in by a mile, and to be honest, that is very intentional. I did not pursue a practicum that required participation in formal assessment, research or program evaluation.
Why not? Well, because formal assessment is, quite frankly, a tool of marginalization normed against dominant cultural ideals of white supremacy, and colonialism.
Take eugenics as an example (click photo for article):
I see great value in shifting our notion of research to be undertaken on a qualitative individual level and as a means to examining our own practice. As I have begun to wrap up my practicum and am saying goodbye to clients I have taken up questions proposed by classmate and peer supervisor Scott Green (2019)
What has changed for you since you began counselling (if anything)?
Has this experience with counselling been different for you from pervious experiences or what was it like to experience counselling for the first time?
Given what you have reflected on during our sessions how do you think people change? Or do they (I want to hear how they articulate their theory of change)?
What do you think will look different after your experience with counselling?
What do you think you will remember most about our time together?
Do you think you might return to see a counsellor at a later date?
How do we know when it might be a good time to seek support from a counsellor?
Is therapy about providing support for someone or is there more to it?
What take always have been really important for you?
Would it valuable to record the things that stand out to you so you can refer to them later?
Would it be helpful to have a plan or review of some kind you can consult when things get difficult?
What tools can we identify that have most benefitted you?
What have you learned about yourself in this process?
How has your perspective on the world or on people changed?
To me, these are as much about assessment and evaluation as any sort of inventory I could invest in.