ERIC Number: ED305546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
A Model for an Authentic Human Action System: Implications for Counseling and Therapy.
Stikes, C. Scully
There is a need for a counseling theory that explains and predicts the behavior and activities of all persons. There is an unfulfilled promise of counseling for many persons in this society. Three major criticisms related to the traditional counseling role and process include criticisms of the intrapsychic counseling model, how counseling approaches have developed, and counseling process variables. The authentic multicultural model of human activity attempts to develop an authentic approach. Six components of this model include the sociocultural context, personal and social resources, social processes, personal and social power, missions, and personal and social meanings. The model: (1) addresses the systematic process in which society affects individuals as individuals affect society over time in a multidimensional sociocultural context; (2) addresses human activities, the interaction of organic factors, and environmental factors; (3) is longitudinal, developmental, interactional, descriptive, and explanatory; (4) is anthropological, sociological, and psychological; (5) is intervention oriented; and (6) addresses a systemic analysis and personal analysis along the continuum of human action. (A graph of the authentic behavioral system is included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Boston, MA, March 15-18, 1989).