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ERIC Number: ED036846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-8
Pages: 7
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Humanitarian Work of the Counselor.
Tyler, Leona E.
The counselor's dedication to human betterment makes him vulnerable to the influence of prevelant ideas about what the world needs, and therefore there are marked shifts from time to time in what counselors think they should be doing. In present times the dominant emphasis is on social reform and counselors are asking themselves whether their efforts ought to be directed toward changing social institutions and environments instead of toward helping individual clients. Although they should try to implement social reforms counselors should not repudiate the focus on individual lives that has characterized their past efforts. Evidence suggests that there is far more freedom of choice than ever before and the importance of choice as a basis for individual development has vastly increased. To expand the area of individual freedom however without helping the individual plan within this enlarged domain is disabling as indicated by the phenomenon of student discontent. Thus if increase in personal freedom is the major social development of our time, to deal with it is the most "humanitarian" thing a counselor can do. (RSM)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.