ERIC Number: ED033389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May-2
Reference Count: 0
Power, Prestige, and the Rehabilitation Counselor.
Patterson, C. H.
Perhaps instead of thinking in terms of either counselors or coordinators, we should think in terms of counselors and coordinators. In differentiating between counselors and coordinators or between two levels of counselors, functions and roles must be considered. Psychological counselors do not necessarily work with all clients, only those needing psychological counseling. The coordinator works with all clients. A basic choice needs to be made; does a counselor want power and prestige, or does he want to help. Counselors at this point must derive power from their coordinating activities, but this has no place in a helping relationship. Counselors then who wish power and prestige should become coordinators, thus reducing the need for psychological counselors as coordinators would handle clients who need only physical restoration services or placement. The counselors who are primarily interested in helping will then be able to devote more time to psychological counseling. Auxiliary personnel should be available to coordinators and counselors so both can function effectively on an equal basis. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio Rehabilitation Counseling Association, Columbus.
Note: Paper presented at the Ohio Rehabilitation Counseling Association Spring Meeting, Columbus, Ohio, May 2--3, 1969