Re: Injustice

bob green (
Wed, 22 Sep 1999 20:08:48 +1000


Spome very rushed thoughts.

A fellow list member raised the subject of laddering the other day, and your
situation might be usefully considered using such an approach; e.g what are
the various implications of identifying with the other, what is the
perceived contrast to identifying? It might also be useful to consider
either empathy and identification as elements or what constructs are involved.

Strictly speaking, identification can cause problems. However, I would
rather suggest looking at the identification itself and seeing what are the
relevant dimensions. If it is an avenue of movement where does it lead,
where does it come from. How does your identification affect your
supervision, how does it affect providing counselling and meeting the
clients goals.



At 09:45 AM 9/22/99 +1000, you wrote:
>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 Costigan
>Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology
>School of Public Health
>La Trobe University, Bundoora 3083
>Phone: 9479 5799. Fax: 9479 1783 Mobile: 0419 511 283