ERIC Number: ED436710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Working with the Terminally Ill: An Integrated Theoretical Model.
Martins, John R.
This introduction and outline correspond to a presentation at the American Counseling Association (ACA) 1999 World Conference. The author recounts his psychotherapeutic work with young gay men diagnosed with AIDS and his increasing awareness of their movement toward psychological health and the development of a deeper spirituality. His quest became one of finding a theoretical explanation for this movement toward psychological health. The conference presentation with accompanying handout speaks to the outcome of this research. Cognizant of the gay culture, the author approached therapy with this group from an existential theoretical model. To explore the success of the existential approach, the author turned to the writings of Carl Jung and his followers. The integrated model presented at the conference combines the archetypal developmental stages of Carol Pearson and the spiritual developmental stages of Ken Wilber. Tenets of existentialism are presented as the foundation for the counseling process, which facilitated accelerated movement through the integrated developmental model. Appendix C provides a summary of the relationship between the three models, i.e., Pearson, Wilber, and Existentialism. The presentation of the model was followed by an overview of the stages of counseling that one could expect to encounter when using the model with HIV/AIDS diagnosed individuals. The final aspect of the presentation was a dramatization of dialogue taken from therapy sessions illustrating the archetypal/ existential concepts. (Contains 32 references and 3 appendixes.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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