The Eight Basic Principals

The Eight Basic Principals - behavior. 5. The therapist...

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The Eight Basic Principals THE BASIC PRINCIPALS which guide the therapist in all non-directive therapeutic contacts are very simple, but they are great in their possibilities when followed sincerely, consistently, and intelligently by the therapist. 1. The therapist must develop a warm, friendly relationship with the child, in which good rapport is established as soon as possible. 2. The therapist accepts the child exactly as he is. 3. The therapist establishes a feeling of permissiveness in the relationship so that the child feels free to express his feelings completely. 4. The therapist is alert to recognize the feelings the child is expressing and reflects those feelings back to him in such a manner that he gains insight into his
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Unformatted text preview: behavior. 5. The therapist maintains a deep respect for the childs ability to solve his own problems if given an opportunity to do so. The responsibility to make choices and to institute change is the childs. 6. The therapist does not attempt to direct the childs actions or conversation in any manner. The child leads the way; the therapist follows. 7. The therapist does not attempt to hurry the therapy along. It is a gradual process and is recognized as such by the therapist. 8. The therapist establishes only those limitations that are necessary to anchor the therapy to the world of reality and to make the child aware of his responsibility in the relationship....
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