ERIC Number: ED043896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Problems and Issues in the Counseling of the Disabled Disadvantaged Patient.
Rothstein, Harvey J.
In the counseling phase which is imbedded in the global vocational rehabilitation process, the primary challenge, in dealing with the disabled disadvantaged client, is viewed as being the disadvantagement rather than the disability per se. A multitude of factors and interacting clusters of variables that influence the counseling process with these persons are identified: (1) the negative, resistive attitude or, at least, the unenthusiatic and guarded orientation; (2) the usually alien and unfamiliar qualities (to the disadvantaged client) of agencies; (3) the social, cultural, educational and emotional gaps between the middle-class counselor, black or white, and his disadvantaged client; and (4) the foreign quality of a verbal, interpersonal model of transaction. Suggestions for improving counselor effectiveness with the disabled disadvantaged are offered: (1) minimizing the effects of unfamiliar settings and procedures; and (2) altering the counselor's basic orientation where style, content, goals, and evaluation are concerned. Qualities of counselors who would work most effectively with these clients are delineated. In conclusion, the author notes that the above efforts would have an ameliorative effect, but that only significant social, economic and political changes will truly alter the condition of the disabled disadvantaged. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: Veterans Administration Hospital, Montrose, NY.; American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at American Psychological Association Convention, Miami Beach, Florida, September 3-8, 1970