ERIC Number: ED041329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-17
Reference Count: 0
Personal Growth as a Theoretical Orientation.
Guinan, James F.
This discussion entails some notions on the nature of creativity, the process of authentic risk-taking, and the person of the counselor in creating and taking risks. Technique is the impediment to creativity in counseling. The person who functions as an effective counselor functions from within, relying on the same resources from which flows creation. Since this process is not intellectual, or cognitive, the process of creation is intimately involved with risk-taking. In group experiences, the counselor must be a part of the group himself. The emergence of group activities has been directed at providing personal growth experiences, and the counselor must take up the task of creating a situation where these goals might be achieved. The Problem-Reactive Approach is presented as the looking for a problem and then reacting to it. Most counseling centers operate on the "repair" basis. The proactive approach involves everyone, its primary function being to aid the development of more fully functioning whole persons. Counselors must take this responsibility and become an integral part of education, dedicated to the development of competent and complete human beings. (KJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.; Bowling Green State Univ., OH.
Note: Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, March 16-18, 1970