Professional dispositions have been defined as the “values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behavior toward candidates, families, colleagues and communities and affect candidate learning, motivation and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth” (NCATE, 2000).
Dispositions can also be described as attitudes and beliefs about counseling, as well as professional conduct and behavior. Not all dispositions can be directly assessed, but aspects of professional behavior are assessed during classes and field experiences in counseling settings.
To prepare for professional dispositions assessments in this program, write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you:
- Reflect on your personal strengths in connection to the dispositions. Support your ideas with examples.
- Identify areas for personal growth in connection to the dispositions. Support your ideas with examples.
- Outline an action plan for developing the identified areas for personal growth.
- Describe why it is important to adhere to the dispositions. How do they support professionalism in counseling? How do they make a counselor effective?