ERIC Number: ED439321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
The Nature of Self-Integrated Authenticity in Counselors and Therapists.
Heid, Laura Smillie; Parish, Mary T.
Within a therapeutic relationship, there are two levels functioning simultaneously: first is the working level of the client and counselor; and second is the basic human level in which the counselor offers a stance of mutual respect and equality. This paper expands upon the second level by examining its nature and qualities. It posits a basic human connection characterized by what has been termed "self-integrated authenticity," which requires a level of self-development and concomitant authenticity emanating from self-authorship, a striving towards balance between conscious and unconscious, and a willingness to share one's soul that allows for qualitatively distinctive manifestations of genuineness and empathy. It uses Kegan's constructive developmental theory about the evolution of consciousness and meaning-making to analyze the essence and development of self-integrated authenticity. The paper states that implicit in the discussion of self-integrated authenticity and the qualitative differences between genuineness and empathy are critical implications for counselor education, training, and supervision. It suggests that, in order to effectively teach and train counselors who are functioning at different orders of consciousness, counselors must first assess students' orders of consciousness. It concludes that further research and discussion are needed to discover how counselor educators and supervisors can continue their own development of consciousness while empowering their students to do the same. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Caring in an Age of Technology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Counseling in the 21st Century (6th, Beijing, China, May 29-30, 1997); see CG 029 879.