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Rogers's Person-Centered Approach: Consideration for Use in Multicultural Counseling

Carol MacDougall

The article explores the application of Rogers’s Person-Centered therapy to counseling in multicultural contexts using D.W. Sue and Sue’s conceptual model of multicultural competencies.  These competencies include self-awareness, awareness of client’s culture, and appropriate interventions.

  1. What is the role of power, and who holds the power, within person-centered counseling?
  2. What value does Roger’s place upon independence within person-centered counseling, and how could his pose a challenge when striving for multiculturally competent counseling?
  3. In your view, how applicable is person-centered theory to multicultural counseling competencies?  What areas of person-centered theory or counseling approaches could be refined to become more aligned with multicultural counseling competencies?

The Person-Centered Approach Meets Neuroscience: Mutual Support for C. R. Rogers's and A. Damasio's Theories

Renate Motschnig-Pitrik and Michael Lux

Neuroscience offers new ways and levels to look into the functioning of our organisms. In this article, the authors aim to view Carl Rogers’s theory of personality and behavior in light of Antonio Damasio’s theories and hypotheses concerning emotions, feelings, and conscious thought. Several ways accrue in which neuroscience and psychology complement one another in producing a more complete and, hence, reliable image of human functioning

  1. How can Damasio’s theory be complemented and enriched by Rogers’s insights on particular attitudes?
  2. According to Damasio, to allow us to enter the inner world of another and to understand him or her, nature has equipped us with what?
  3. How do both Damasio and Rogers explain cooperative behavior?

A Person-Centered Approach to the Treatment of Combat Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Adam Quinn

The article asserts the important role that genuine congruence plays in the treatment and counseling of combat veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  Categories of congruence are described and PTSD is explored, with categories of symptoms of PTSD outlined within the article.

  1. What is the difference between utilitarian congruence and genuine congruence?
  2. The author describes categories of symptoms of PTSD.  What are these categories and what are some examples of how these categories manifest themselves?
  3. On page 471, the author outlines stages a veteran experiences that may lead to an experience of PTSD.  Examine these stages and identify two stages where a counselor may intervene through person-centered techniques.