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Getting real : peer counselling as a way to authenticity

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Dea, Jane
dc.contributor.author Six, Karen Ruth
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2007-04-11T20:41:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-04-11T20:41:03Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/51
dc.description vi, 129 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this thesis is to address the question, "Is Peer Counselling a way of fostering or promoting the existential notion of authenticity?" The intention of Peer Counselling is to improve the psychological health and well being of its participants (both counsellors and counsellees) through peer intervention and education. Peer Counselling training is a curriculum and method wherein students are taught to listen to and help in the choice-making process of their peers. Peer Counselling, both training and outreach interaction, encourages the development of positive identity and responsible independence as individuals exercise more control over their experiences. It seeks to create opportunities to learn how to actively and intentionally use experiences to gain new levels of confidence and competence. A process oriented, experiential training approach, it ensures the content is relevant to the learner. The self-directed attitude and approach of peer counselling encourages counsellors and counsellees alike to become active participants in their own development, in their own life choices. The acquisition of interpersonal communication skills such as empathic listening, facilitative questioning, decision making and values clarification may aid both counsellor and counsellee in a movement towards the existential notion of authenticity. Authenticity includes such characteristics and qualities as: genuineness in 'good faith'; autonomy; discovery of one's 'care structure'; creative choice making; critical examination of societally imposed norms; radical responsibility for the conditions and perspectives of one's life; and an openness to the dynamic nature of one's unique being. Re-constructions of peer counselling interactions provide opportunity to examine the theoretical possiblities for peer counselling to promote authenticity. Finally the implications of merging this curriculum with the philosophical notion of authenticity is examined in the light of actual classroom experience. Implications for pedagogy are discussed. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1993 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Peer counseling en
dc.subject Authenticity (Philosophy) en
dc.subject Self (Philosophy) en
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Getting real : peer counselling as a way to authenticity en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education

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