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Develop a Character Study of a Person Seeking Help with a
Health Counseling Issue
Develop an in-depth character study of a person with a health counseling issue seeking help from a counselor. The story needs enough detail so that you understand what motivates the person and what the person would do when interacting with a helper.
You are to be this character when you are the person seeking help. It is probable that your understanding of this person you are portraying will grow as you interact with your assigned helper.
Guidelines for developing your character study:
1. Person’s name, age, gender, family background (e.g., both parents living? parents married or divorced? any brothers or sisters? type of work mother/father engaged in?) rural or urban or suburban? relationship with different family members? is person religious? Does person believe in God?
2. What are some issues this person has had to face while growing up? How well did the person deal with these issues?
3. What is the person’s outlook on the future? What are the person’s plans, hopes, and expectations?
4. What does the person do for a living? Is the person in school? What is the person studying? If the person is in school, does the person know what he/she wants to do upon graduation?
5. What types of relationships does this person have with people outside the family? Does the person have friends? Is the person a loner?
6. Are there any fears in this person’s life? If so, what are these fears? Do you know what started these fears?
7. Has the person done something she/he is proud of?
8. Has the person done something she/he is ashamed of?
9. What is occurring in the person’s life to make him/her realize it would be good to see a skilled helper? (Or is the person coming for help because someone else has advised him/her to do it?)
10. How likely will it be for the person to trust a helper? What does a helper need to do to gain and to retain the person’s trust?
Please be sure to write your character in first person. Thus, you would write, “I live in,” not “She lives in Brooklyn,” or “He lives in Brooklyn.”
make it a young female (19-25)