ERIC Number: ED222818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mime as a Career and Life Style Planning Technique.
Richmond, Lee Joyce; And Others
This paper describes counselmime, a therapeutic cognitive-focusing technique for career and life style planning, in which mimes perform skits designed to heighten self-awareness, enhance communication, and enable viewers to cognitively restructure situations of psycho-social importance to them. The key components of this technique are presented in detail, including how: (1) a group processor helps viewers become aware of their perceptions of the mimes' behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and intentions; (2) the processor also assists viewers in deciding what they would do if they were in the mimed situation; (3) situations are structured to treat material in the lives of viewers; and (4) viewers are invited to restructure mimed situations in order to see their own situations from a different perspective. To illustrate the technique, three counselmime skits are described, one for parents of young handicapped people to expand their awareness of their children's capabilities, one for learning disabled youths to provide a more realistic world view, and one for counselors to learn to cope with stress and burnout. The use of mime in counseling is emphasized as a potent tool that assists the client in achieving the counseling goals of becoming less defensive and more aware. Preliminary studies are cited that suggest that counselmime is most successful with children and that recommend further research to fully evaluate its potentiality. (Author/PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Detroit, MI, March 17-20, 1982).