The synonymic nature of professional counseling and humanism: Presuppositions that guide our identities

Linwood G. Vereen, Nicole R. Hill, Gloria Aquino Sosa, Victoria Kress

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Abstract

The authors present the argument that professional counseling is philosophically grounded in humanism. As evidence, 5 major presuppositions of professional counseling - relationality, development, empowerment, wellness, and social justice - are situated as fundamental to the understanding of humanism. These tenets are presented as a foundation to ground professional counselor identity as humanistic, and thus position humanism as synonymic with professional counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-202
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Humanistic Counseling
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

Keywords

  • humanism
  • humanistic
  • professional counseling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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