ERIC Number: ED306528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Is Black-White Counselling a Possibility in South-Africa?
Mathabe, Neo R.
Black and white counselors in South Africa live in legally predetermined separate worlds highly charged with emotion. Professional neutrality in such a circumstance would be a myth. Counselors are charged on ethical grounds to address the effects on the client and themselves of the socio-political condition. Failure to do so, even at that level, would be to perpetuate the authoritarian social structures. Of utmost importance is the counselors' readiness to recognize the existence of emotionally distorted reactions in themselves. They must be willing to examine their prejudiced perceptions of the client and be ready to work through the distortions. The counselors should acquaint themselves with the dynamics of racial prejudice to promote self-awareness. If black and white counselors would stop feigning political virginity, they could extend themselves outwardly to understand each other's values. If, by being proactive, they would bridge the fissures in the social systems and facilitate a national culture based on inter-individual understanding and acceptance, black and white counseling would be a possibility in South Africa. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa