ERIC Number: ED105313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
The Counselor in the Institutional Structure.
Warnath, Charles F.
The value of the college counseling center has been to symbolize the concern for students of the basically depersonalized institutional bureaucracy. The center has permitted others on campus to avoid becoming involved with students. By localizing the problems which are presented by clients within the clients themselves, counselors defuse any questioning of the institution's role in generating student problems. Counselors cannot operate in a manner which ignores their assigned role in the bureaucratic structure. Counselors, although their training has led them to believe that they would be performing essential functions, are actually in a peripheral position in relation to their institution. Most counselors are supporters of the status quo and seem to hold the same biases in regard to sex- and ethnic minority-appropriate behavior as do people in general. Counselors are their own worst enemies in becoming more effective in their institutional settings because of their tendency to look inward rather than outward for the locus of problems. They must reevaluate their attitudes toward social change not only in relation to their clients but also in relation to themselves. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (54th, San Francisco, California, April 25-28, 1974)