ERIC Number: ED325778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
There Are Three C's in Counseling: Caring, Challenge, Commitment.
Clients come to counseling to effect change in their lives, usually because they are in crisis, in conflict, in pain, or blocked in some way. They may come of their own volition, but often they come at the the insistence or authority of someone else, such as a spouse, a judge, a parent, or a parole officer. Most people arrive for therapy expecting the counselor to have a prescription or a magic solution which will change them. Clients are looking for a new authority figure with whom to comply and as a result to remain helpless, or to resist and to remain blocked. Change in the counseling process requires at least three components: care, challenge, and commitment. A nurturing, caring environment and relationship between client and counselor is fundamental for growth to occur. Once this groundwork has been laid, the therapist must motivate clients to change by challenging them to look at and to understand ways in which change is needed. Finally, the counselor must make a commitment to nurture, to challenge, to grow, and to change. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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