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226 – How to Identify Vicarious Trauma

Carl Rogers’ 19 Propositions – Why We Shouldn’t Use Person-First Language to Describe Autistic People

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In Episode 226 of the Counselling Tutor Podcast, your hosts Rory Lees-Oakes and Ken Kelly are back with this week’s three topics:

  • In ‘Counselling Foundations’, Rory and Ken discuss the dreaded 19 Propositions of Carl Rogers.
  • Then in ‘Focus on Self’, we look at how to identify vicarious trauma.
  • And finally in ‘Practice Matters’, Rory speaks to Quinn Dexter on why we shouldn’t use person -first language to describe autistic people.

Carl Rogers’ 19 Propositions [starts at 02:20 mins]

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In this section, Rory and Ken discuss some observations on the 19 Propositions of Carl Rogers:

  • They're essentially 19 different ways people perceive the world.
  • They're quite heavy with academic language.
  • Just a theory of phenomenology – how we act based on how we perceive.
  • It may help to think about how the propositions can be applied to small children – they seem to be written with this in mind.

How to Identify Vicarious Trauma [starts at 12:58 mins]

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Within your practice, it is crucial to look after yourself and prevent a possible burnout. One thing to be cautious of in order to avoid this is vicarious trauma.

The key points of this discussion on recognising vicarious trauma are as follows:

  • Dealing with a lot of heavy material takes its toll.
  • You may find yourself thinking about a clients material more often than you should:
    • Being unable to sleep very well.
    • Being unable to watch people be cruel to each other (in films, for example).
    • You may also eventually find yourself trying to avoid a client’s material in the room.
  • Try to balance your practice – be mindful of how many trauma clients you have.

Why We Shouldn’t Use Person-First Language to Describe Autistic People [starts at 21:45 mins]

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In part one of an interview with Quinn Dexter of the YouTube channel ‘Autistamatic’, Rory discusses why, against what is widely taught, we shouldn’t use person-first language to describe autistic people.

The main points of this interview include:

  • The separation of the individual from their condition implies that autism is something shameful.
  • Terms such as high/low functioning and ‘on the spectrum’, can actually be highly insulting.
  • Biased empathy – it is wrong to believe that autistic individuals have no empathy; it is simply judged by their own values and beliefs and can therefore often cause misunderstandings.
  • There is a need for counselling and better understanding.
  • In Episode 227, part two of this interview will discuss some essential insights therapists need to understand when counselling autistic people.

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