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ERIC Number: ED012929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 15
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Reference Count: 0
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PROBLEMS IN COUNSELING NAVAJO REHABILITATION CLIENTS. NAVAJO REHABILITATION PROJECT.
AVALLONE, VINCENT L.; HENDERSON, NORMAN B.
SOME CONDITIONS OF THE COUNSELING RELATIONSHIP WITH NAVAJOS ARE DESCRIBED. UNKEPT APPOINTMENTS ARE FREQUENT. THE COUNSELOR IS PERCEIVED AS A SOLVER OF IMMEDIATE PRACTICAL PROBLEMS RATHER THAN AS AN AGENT OF INTERPERSONAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGE. TO THE NAVAJO, HE IS OFTEN AN AUTHORITY FIGURE. LANGUAGE IS AN ALMOST INSURMOUNTABLE BARRIER EXCEPT WITH THE MOST INCULTURATED NAVAJOS. IT TAKES LONGER TO ESTABLISH RAPPORT. NAVAJOS WITHDRAW PSYCHOLOGICALLY WHEN ANXIOUS. THE SUPERFICIALITY OF THE PSYCHODYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP IS DUE TO TARDY POSITIVE TRANSFERENCE AND OTHER CULTURAL FACTORS. EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC OBSTACLES MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR MOST NAVAJOS TO ACHIEVE MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICAN LEVELS OF SUCCESS. HOWEVER, IF CULTURAL-PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES ARE ANTICIPATED AND ACCEPTED, AND IF STEREOTYPING IS AVOIDED, CONSTRUCTIVE, WARM, AND SATISFYING COUNSELING RELATIONSHIPS MAY DEVELOP. (WR)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Identifiers: Arizona (Flagstaff)