March 1993 version.
The Co-Counselling International is a network of individuals and groups.
Any person or group who:
is a member of The Co-Counselling International.
The Principles of International Co-Counselling
1) Co-counsellors work in pairs or in groups with one person working (the client) and one or more people helping them (the counsellor(s)).
2) In every session (normally, but not necessarily, one occasion) each person spends the same time being the client.
3) The client is in charge.
4) The only requirements of counsellors are that they give their full attention to the client and they inform the client about time at the end of their part of the session and at such other times as the client requests.
5) Any message that is given by the counsellor to the client either verbally or by changing expression or body position is an intervention. The counsellor making themselves comfortable in a way that does not appear to relate to the client's material is not an intervention.
6) Contracts must be made before starting work. The contract consists of an agreement on time and a statement by the client of the type of interventions that the client requires.
The types of contract are:
The client may change the type of interventions that they require at any time.
7) All material that is worked on in a session is confidential to the client and may not be mentioned by anyone else, even in private discussion with the client or in other sessions, without the client's specific permission.
8) Counsellors must not offer anything:
9) Clients can work in any way that does not contravene these principles and they can ask for any form of assistance from their counsellors. Counsellors may only do anything that is a co-counselling intervention but they are only obliged to give attention.
10) Clients may not do anything that might cause damage or harm to people or things.
11) Counsellors are not obliged to give attention to clients who are not complying with these principles.
12) Counsellors are not obliged to give attention if they are unable
to do so because they are being too heavily restimulated by the client's
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