ERIC Number: EJ775549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Social Constructionism for the Counseling Profession: A Reply to Hansen
Rudes, James; Guterman, Jeffrey T.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v85 n4 p387-392 Fall 2007
The authors reply to J. T. Hansen's (2005) call for the profession to revalue the inner subjective experiences (ISE) of clients. Hansen argued that social constructionism has influenced the decline of the counseling profession by obscuring its unique focus on ISE. The authors maintain that social constructionism is a useful framework for counseling, and they articulate a social constructionist position for counseling. Hansen's reasons for arguing that ISE must be revalued are discussed along with future directions for social constructionism and counseling.
Descriptors: Counselors, Counseling Theories, Professional Occupations, Social Environment, Constructivism (Learning), Experience, Cognitive Structures
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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