RE: Injustice

Lluis Botella Garcia del Cid (
Wed, 22 Sep 1999 09:16:59 +0200


In a recent paper I quoted a sentence by Mike Mahoney that has come to
my mind again when reading your post. I don't know if it helps, but here
it is,

Like those they intend to serve, scientists and practitioners
alike are wise to recognise both the limits and the potential of their
understanding. Those of us who seek to understand, comfort, and counsel
human lives in progress must therefore be vigilant in the responsible
nurturance of our own hopes as well as in learning the lessons of our
fears and failures. Our counsel must also be more than rational or
strategic rhetoric; rather, our reason must be guided by an informed
heart. To most valuably serve those who seek our counsel, we must also
invite and affirm their courage to be. Without such courage there will
be diminished engagement and exploration, which constitute the
experiential pulse of human life (Mahoney, 1991, pp. 374-375).


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> De: Jacqui Costigan[]
> Responder a:
> Enviado el: miércoles 22 de septiembre de 1999 1:45
> Para:
> Asunto: Injustice
> Whilst there's a great deal of injustice in the world my focus of
> concern
> arose with a counsellor whom I was supervising. The counsellor has
> identified passionately with a female client who experienced
> consistent
> sexual harassment but was unable to prove charges against her
> assailant
> with only 'her word against his'
> I then identified passionately with both the supervisee and her
> client. My
> concern is that these identifications could interfere with therapeutic
> and
> supervisory processes. Do any PCPers have any comments / guidelines
> please
> ?
> Jacqui
> Jacqui Costigan
> Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology
> School of Public Health
> La Trobe University, Bundoora 3083
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