1. I believe social work, psychology and psychiatry each bring it’s own unique value. It is not fair to choose which is the best or most impactful because each one would be whatever applies the most appropriately to the patient(s). Social work is like providing advocacy. Sociology is looking at everything as a whole. Social workers provide resources for those in need facing general sociological issues. Psychology focuses on a more comprehension approach to therapy of the individual. There are programs that are developed specifically to evaluate these individuals in order to help them and their needs for them to have successful therapy. Psychologists create programs that may be beneficial and run clinical training programs. Psychiatry focuses on diagnosing mental health illnesses and prescribing medication when an individual is diagnosed and is in need of it. They all work towards the same theoretical conclusions and in my opinion have all impacted and influenced the counseling field just as much. I think that in choosing the one that impacts the most is primarily based on the individual at hand. Everyone is different and/or has different needs.
2 .I believe that psychology has been most impactful counseling of the three options given. Psychology dates back to ancient Greece around the 7th century BCE with roots documented with Greek philosophers of the time (Neukrug, 2016). From here, developing theories of psychology gave way to therapy techniques and, therefore, counseling as well. Now, counseling psychology is often considered the standard for counseling practice (McAndrew et al., 2017). Counseling psychology encompasses theory that through proven psychological theory and counseling techiques, an individual can learn self-regulation at any stage of life. While counseling psychology is considered a specialty of psychology in and of itself, it is also theory that is heavily integrated in many, many fields of counseling as it is considered to be highly effective in practice with counseling clients (Tucker et al., 2019). Without psychology, counseling as we know it today would not have evolved as it has, possibly not benefitting society as it does.