Re: PCP course exercise

Rollin Denniston (
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 10:32:12 -0600

Does anyone else detect the strange irony implied here? That irony being
that the academic context is inappropriate for certain kinds of confrontive
self-evaluation and introspection. I suppose this is left for the student to
acquire through a practicum or through his/her own clinical counseling
experience which, of course, is not required for graduation or licensure. If
the academic context is not the appropriate setting in which to "engage
fairly powerful forces" and if these are the same "forces" the student will
be cathecting and working through with future 'clients' then how and where
in the preparation of the student will he/she be prepared to deal with these
forces if not in what puports to be their training?

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>I think this exercise would be quite powerful if they took someone they had
>difficulty with - but myself I think that would need to be in a
>clinical/counseling context to provide the individual with the backup for
>revision of what might be core or superordinate constructs.
>I've also suggested to students that they might like themselves to go back to
>their self-characterisations and see if they use the verb 'to be'
>extensively, and what would happen if they re-write it. But once again, too
>possibly confrontative for a formal teaching situation.
>Anyway, I'd be interested in any feedback about using this exercise.
>It also illustrates a major problem Linda Viney and I find in co-teaching a
>graduate subject in pcp - that to get a feel for the theory you seem
>inevitably to engage fairly powerful forces for some students.

Rollin Denniston

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