ERIC Number: EJ1022433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
From Being Non-Judgemental to Deconstructing Normalising Judgement
Winslade, John M.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v41 n5 p518-529 2013
Beginning with Carl Rogers' exhortation for counsellors to be non-judgemental of their clients, this article explores the rationale for withholding judgement in therapy, including diagnostic judgement. It traces Rogers' incipient sociopolitical analysis as a foundation for this ethic and argues that Michel Foucault provides a stronger basis for it than Rogers. Foucault unearths the role of normalising judgement in the modern world. Rather than simply offering non-judgemental listening, this article argues for the next step of inviting clients to deconstruct processes of normalising judgement. Questions that invite persons to make a judgement on the system of judgement that envelops them are illustrated. Narrative counselling practices for doing this are exemplified.
Descriptors: Counselor Client Relationship, Therapy, Counselor Attitudes, Counseling Techniques, Role, Criticism, Philosophy, Clinical Diagnosis, Psychological Evaluation, Decision Making, Moral Values
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