Reflectionon Personal BiasesStudent’sNameInstitutionalAffiliationReflectionon Personal Biases Thebiases of a therapist and the ensuing attitudes are important topsychology as they influence the procedures in psychotherapy. Theattitudes of anoccupationaltherapy assistantinclude opinions portrayed in emotional reactions and behaviors aswell as intuitions. Due to the sociological nature of the mentalillness as a condition, counselorscan be susceptible to being controlled by their own biases. Workingwith the mentallyill personscan prompt complex and powerful personal and professional concernssurrounding oppression and discrimination (Blechner,2016).It is vital that occupationaltherapy assistantsbecomes conscious of their biases and the subsequent impact that suchattitudes can have on their jurisdictions in handling persons withmentalhealth conditions.
Whilelistening to the various radio and television programs that centeredprimarily on the weaknesses and the vulnerabilities of the mentallysick individuals, I became much attached with the various perceptionsthat the audiences for the shows held.  Their opinions grewin me and this is what made me develop preferential treatment for thementally sick persons. I was against the different thoughtsthroughout the various programs. I have favorable biases for thepersonswith mental health conditions including,depression, bipolardisorder, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.It sounds like I am proud, but it is honestly inspiring for me tohold a conversation with anyone who I feel is intellectually inferiorand cannot grip the points I am attempting to put across.  Moreover,if a patient is unable to understand what I mean, it becomes amotivation because I get an opportunity to explainpoints.  Habitually I tend to stay close to individuals whoI believe to be less smart than I am. Appropriately, this iscontinuing to make me appear friendly to the sick since I cannotlearn how to do without them. I find it easy to understand howsome individuals tend to be slow in perceiving concepts. Moreover, Itake the opinions of the mentally ill people as valuable because Iknow it is a satisfying approach to view things (Blechner,2016).It is definitely a good idea to understand patients and know how toclarify points to them in simpler terms.
Asanoccupational therapy assistantand having been informed on the dangers of unfavorablebiases indealing with humans in the field of psychology,I have begun to understand the relevance of my positive opinionsregarding the mentally ill populations. The personal reflection hasgivenme an opportunity to focus on my own biases in a more inclusive way.First, I have homophilic attitudes that translate to my concern withthe mentally ill clients. I experience greater comfort with personswith mental health conditionsthan the intelligently okay clients.  Secondly, I have ansimplicity effect as portrayed by my tendency of acknowledgingdecisions for which missing facts regarding the individual patientsmakes the occasion appear unknown. Lastly, I have courtesy bias asevidenced by the way in which my perceptions are affected by myrecurring thoughts about the personswith mental health conditions (Abreu,2001).
Fortunately,the favorable biases in my psychology case may have positive impactson my decision-making ability around ethical matters. There is asignificant relationship between this kind of bias and the likelihoodof unveiling privacy in circumstances where a patient has beenconsidered as unsafe to others. Similarly, my biases may contributeto my capacity to diagnose and propose interventions properly. I willfind it easy to administer the designated treatment interventions formy clients withmental health conditions.While assessing patients who have mental conditions, I will correctlydirect the suitable pharmacological interventions. Mental sickness isa salient matter for patients that when therapists respond withunfavorable biases, they can neglect the indicated treatmentdecisions (Abreu,2001).This can be illustrated by my cognitive concern in recognizing theneed for antidepressant prescriptions. Moreover, the biases may makeme have increased chances of work because of the supposed ease incoping.
Evenso, regarding my favorable biases on personswith mental health conditions, I plan to take trainingmore seriously in an attempt to sustain my negative views. Educationmay assist me nurture the positive counselor prejudices. Researchproves that a mental health worker who has undergone sufficienttraining is less expected to hold unfavorable biases. As a result, Ineed training that includes deep focus on both counselor attitudesand content. The inclusion of personswith mental health conditions canbe a powerful learning tool in opposing stereotypical attitudes. Inthis view, I plan to acknowledge my caring attitude and interestregarding these populations. I have to admit the importance ofconcerns and the need for challenging and handling the associatedconsequences of unfavorable biases. More importantly, I shouldconsider the use of language and develop moral use of terms. In otherwords, I need to address the thoughtfulness of semantics on anindividual basis (Sue& Sue, 2012).Iwill employ exercises that facilitate the exploration of my personalvalues and attitudes as regards the personswith mental health conditions.
Whilemy scenario illustrates various positive ethical issues, it isimperative for me to consider the implications to myself and to mywork environment. The OTA’spositionis about creating and bettering positive relations. Judging mybeliefs can play a role in strengthening my counselor duty.Therefore, I will manage my jurisdictions in a more informed way (Sue& Sue, 2012).
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