ERIC Number: ED338969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-13
Reference Count: N/A
The Courage To Counsel.
Yager, Geoffrey G.; And Others
Counseling is a professional field that requires as much or more courage than virtually any non-life-threatening occupation. In a fashion analogous to both the fire fighter or the police officer who is in direct physical danger, effective counselors must fortify themselves and prepare themselves as well as possible when they enter the unknown and unpredictable experience of each client interview. Courage for the counselor occurs along different dimensions than that needed in other "dangerous" fields of work. Counselors are challenged in emotional, psychological, and spiritual areas rather than the physical. If there is a set of fears about the counseling relationship, then there must be a corresponding set of "types of courage" that counselors need to combat these fears. Five primary categories of counselor courage include the courage to: (1) know who counselors are and what they are doing as counselors; (2) experience the lives of others; (3) implement those skills counselors have learned and practiced; (4) use those skills counselors have never learned and, perhaps never even heard about; and (5) admit that counselors do not know and trust the process of counseling. The necessary courage relates directly to the trust counselors need to place in their training, in their developed skills, and in themselves. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (Indianapolis, IN, October 11-14, 1990).