In your Reflection Paper you are to respond to the following questions:
What were you thinking, feeling, and doing when you felt you were being effective as a helper?
What were you thinking, feeling, and doing when you felt you were being ineffective as a helper?
When you were being the helper, did you find yourself reacting to the other person in a stereotypic way? That is, did you find yourself responding in terms of preconceived ideas based on characteristics of the other such as age, sex, race, appearance, etc.? If so, try to identify what you told yourself to make yourself respond in that fashion.
What themes emerged regarding your experiences as a helper? For instance, you may discover the theme of anger marks your experience; or the theme of exultation; or reluctance; or the theme of confusion; of the theme of relief; or the theme of empowerment; or other themes, perhaps a combination of several themes.
What are areas in which you got in your way (and/or in the way of the other person) in the helping relationship, what are examples of when this obstruction happened, and what are your plans to get beyond such behavior?
What are your strengths as a helper, how did you see yourself using them in the helping relationship, and are there dangers that you could misuse such strengths?
Your Reflection Paper should be written in essay format with an introduction and a conclusion. Be sure that you save a copy of your work before you submit it.