ERIC Number: ED114583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Educational Counseling of Adults: Where It's At.
Grabowski, Stanley M.
"Counseling adults is the most impoverished, depressed, but developing area in the entire area of adult education." This is due to: (1) a lack of serious commitment by the educational community, (2) a lack of adequate literature, and (3) a lack of clear-cut role distinctions. The limited number of research studies on counseling adults conclude that more progression is found among counseled groups than noncounseled groups and that existing guidance services for adults are inadequate to meet clientele needs. The essence of counseling is the relationship between counselor and client which places emphasis on the client's perception of his/her environment. The role of a counselor may be clarified by examining what tasks counselors of adults perform or by studying the competencies identified as needed for counseling in adult education. Of basic importance in counseling adults is to understand the needs of adults. Moreover, adult students bring many anxieties, over and above those in any learning situation regardless of age or level, to the learning situation. Another consideration is counselor attitudes toward the adult counselee which can influence the counseling process. Abraham Maslow's explanation of self-actualization is recommended as an ideal model for counselors when dealing with adults. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Advising and Counseling Adult Learners (Albany, New York, October 1-2, 1975)