Access means the physical and practical arrangements that enable those with impairments to participate in the event in the most inclusive way reasonably possible, given all of the circumstances.
The Alternate Area Reference Person (AARP) is responsible for immediately assuming the functions of the Area Reference Person when the Area Reference Person is unable to function for any reason.
The Alternate International Reference Person (AIRP) is the person who will immediately assume all the functions of the International Reference Person when the International Reference Person is unable to function for any reason.
Area Maintenance Funds are funds raised and held by local Areas. They are optional. They are used for local Area expenses, such as printing, mailing newsletters, or purchasing items for Community use, such as mats, assistive hearing devices, or RC videos. Maintenance funds are typically donations or a percentage of local class fees. The Area Reference Person and Area leaders oversee these funds.
Area Outreach Funds are held and managed by Re-evaluation Counseling Community Resources, Inc. They consist of many individual Area accounts. They come from classes, workshops, and other Area events as well as from voluntary donations (not tax-deductible). The expenditure of Area Outreach Funds must be authorized by the Area Reference Person, or a designated account signer for unorganized Area accounts. The funds are used to help pay workshop fees, transportation expenses, or both. Where national boundaries make the transfer of funds too difficult, Area Outreach Funds are sometimes kept locally.
The Area Reference Person (ARP) thinks about and oversees the Area as a whole. He or she develops and supports leadership within the Area. He or she also exercises judgment on which activities are consistent with RC theory and policy.
An attack may be either an organized attempt to disrupt the functioning of the Community or a smearing of an individual. It is an attack to try to get others to support one’s upset with a Co-Counselor or the Community. It is not an attack to think that an error has been made, to be upset with someone, or to question someone about his or her thinking. It is a mistake to criticize a Co-Counselor and try to force them to be one’s counselor about issues or upsets, but that is not what is meant by an attack.
The break-even fee is the estimated actual cost of a workshop per person. It can be calculated by dividing the total expected costs of the workshop (including the 10% of total income to be paid to the Community Service Fund) by the number of expected participants.
A client in a Co-Counseling session is the person who is being listened to, who is encouraged to talk and to release emotions.
Co-Counseling means the practice of Re-evaluation Counseling.
A Co-Counselor is someone who uses the theory and practice of RC or who is learning RC.
Community See: “Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) Community,”
Community member See: “member.”
Community Service Funds support the ongoing work of the RC Communities. They come from workshops, classes, and other events at which RC is taught, as well as from donations (not tax-deductible). These funds may be used as outreach to support participation in workshops, travel to workshops, and to purchase RC literature. They also support the administrative work of the RC Communities. Community Service Funds are held by Re-evaluation Counseling Community Resources, Inc., and their use is authorized by the International Reference Person.
Consensus means agreement by the group as a whole. A working consensus is a tentative agreement that allows the group to move forward.
A contradiction is any factor in a counseling situation that assists the client to become aware that the distress pattern is not present-time reality.
Coordinator See: “Local and Regional Coordinators.”
Culturalpatterns are distress patterns that have been tied to a group’s culture.
Demonstrations show that it is possible to counsel someone on a particular difficulty and show a way it might be done.
A direction is a statement or approach to one’s life that contradicts the content of a distress pattern.
Discharge (or emotional discharge) is a process inherent to human beings that heals the emotional damage from distressful incidents. Outward signs of this process include animated talking, crying, trembling, expressions of anger, and laughter.
A distress pattern or distress is a rigid set of “thoughts,” behaviors, and feelings that is left by an undischarged hurtful experience (or experiences).
A distress recording is all the information (sights, smells, voice, tones, gestures, posture, feelings, and so on) that gets bound together in an unusable conglomerate during a distress experience and then is played over and over (like a recording) in an inappropriate response to a new but, apparently similar situation.
An each-one-teach-one event is an introduction to RC in which each Co-Counselor attending brings someone who is not a Co-Counselor.
A fundamentals of Co-Counseling class is a series of classes designed to teach people the basic theory and practice of Re-evaluation Counseling.
The Guidelines are a set of agreements among all members of the RC Community.
Intelligence is the ability to create a new, flexible, creative response to each new, present situation. Undischarged distress experiences interfere with this ability.
Internalized oppression is false and hurtful attitudes of invalidation about oneself or one’s group that were originally imposed as oppression from the outside, but which the target has “taken to heart” and “believes” (until the recordings can be discharged).
An International Commonality Reference Person (ICRP) represents his or her constituency’s interests in the International RC Community. He or she is the International Reference Person’s deputy leader of that constituency. The ICRP proposes and develops policies, publications, workshops, and conferences for the constituency’s particular interests, both within the RC Communities and outside of them.
An International Liberation Reference Person (ILRP) represents his or her constituency’s interests in the International RC Community and is the International Reference Person’s deputy leader of that constituency. The ILRP proposes and develops liberation policies, publications, workshops, and conferences for the constituency’s particular interests, both within the RC Communities and outside of them.
The International Reference Person (IRP) exercises judgment about and coordinates International actions and policies.
A leader of RC is a Co-Counselor who assumes responsibility for everything going well in the RC Community by teaching and leading RC classes, support groups, and/or workshops, and/or serving as a Reference Person.
Liberation is the program and process of freeing oneself and one’s group from oppression.
Local and Regional Coordinators of particular constituencies coordinate activities that encourage the growth of their constituencies within the Community.
A medication is a substance that treats, prevents, or alleviates the symptoms or causes of a disease or medical condition.
A member of the RC Community is a Co-Counselor who assumes responsibility for helping the Community to function—by participating in and contributing to RC activities, supporting leadership, and assisting in the work of the Community.
Oppression is the one way, systematic mistreatment of a group of people by the society or by another group of people who serve as agents of the society, with the mistreatment encouraged or enforced by the society and culture.
The oppressor group is the group of people that is conditioned to act out oppressive behaviors toward groups the society targets with the oppression (e.g., white people are the oppressor group with regard to racism).
Outreach/Outreach Funds is/are financial assistance for people whose circumstances make it difficult for them to have access to RC. Outreach Funds can include Area Outreach Funds, Community Service Funds, and International Outreach Funds (held in the Re-evaluation Foundation).
Pattern: see distress pattern.
Policy consists of (1) proposals for the application of theory, (2) recommendations drawn from past experience for such application, and (3) structures for implementing the application. Policies are guides and agreements for assisting a group of people to act together in a cooperative, supportive way. Policies can promote discharge and help clarify thinking. Policies represent our best thinking to date and are thus always considered to be in draft form. There are two different kinds of policies in the RC Community: (1) the Community’s policies, including those endorsed by a World Conference or by an Area meeting, and (2) policies that represent the best thinking of a particular group (draft liberation policy statements).
Psychiatric drugs are substances prescribed by a psychiatrist or health care provider to “treat” what they call “mental illness” or difficulties such as sleeplessness, tension, stress, feelings of discouragement and passivity, and so on.
Racism is the one-way, systematic mistreatment of a group of people on the basis of “racial” characteristics, which is reinforced by society. (We say “racial” in quotes because we believe that while human beings have cultural, social, religious, or other differences, we share many more commonalities than we have differences, and there is only one race of our species, the human race.)
Rational means based on one’s thinking, independent of one’s distressed feelings.
An RC teacher is an RC leader who is currently certified to teach RC.
Reality refers to the actual state of things as they exist in the present, in contrast to our patterned feelings about them.
Re-emergence is the process of eliminating distress patterns by discharging, recovering the rational abilities that have been obscured or distorted by the patterns, and resuming one’s inherent flexible, highly-intelligent, natural functioning.
The re-evaluation process is the freeing up of the ability to think. Information that was stuck in a pattern is converted to useful, flexibly available information. There is a re-thinking of past conclusions that had been limited by distress. Re-evaluation takes place spontaneously to the extent that the discharge process has been completed.
Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) is a well-defined theory and practice. It consists, in part, of people taking turns listening and assisting each other to discharge emotions, which removes the effects of past hurts and frees people to think clearly again.
The Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) Community is a network of people who use RC to regain their humanness. It is secondarily a network of local RC Communities, groups, and classes. It is also a group of people who want to involve all people everywhere in a common effort to regain their intelligence, their humanness, and the use of their full potential.
Re-evaluation Counseling Community Resources, Inc. (RCCR) is the name of the international office for Re-evaluation Counseling and is located in Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Re-evaluation Foundation is a completely separate entity from the RC Community. It is registered in the USA as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation under the jurisdiction of its Board of Directors. It was established in 1972 for the purpose of providing financial resources to help disseminate RC ideas, skills, and leadership training to people whose circumstances limit their access to RC.
A Reference Person is a Co-Counselor who has been selected for a role in which he or she exercises judgment about his or her constituency, in a manner consistent with RC theory and the Guidelines. Members of a Reference Person’s constituency can consult with him or her about theory and practice.
A Regional Reference Person (RRP) is appointed by and is responsible to the International Reference Person (IRP). He or she acts as the IRP’s deputy in developing and supporting leadership. An RRP holds his or her position at the discretion of the IRP, in consultation with the leaders of the Region. The primary responsibility of the RRP is the continued re-emergence of both existing and new leadership in the Region.
Restimulation is the triggering of the recording of a hurtful experience by a perceived similarity (sometimes insignificant) in the current situation.
A session is the arrangement in which Co-Counseling takes place—two people divide time equally to listen to one another without interruption and encourage emotional discharge.
A support group is a group of three to eight people who take equal turns listening to one another and encouraging each other to discharge. The group can be based on a specific constituency (African heritage people, women, young people, and so on), or on issues (educational change, care of the environment, and so on), or it can be a diverse gathering.
A teaching credential grants an applicant permission to teach RC, and is approved by the Area Reference Person (ARP), International Reference Person (IRP), and Regional Reference Person (RRP) (where one has been designated).
RC theory is a summary of information gained from experiences of Co-Counselors. A good theory makes it possible to relate our individual experiences to what has already been experienced and to the conclusions drawn from those earlier experiences. RC theory guides the practice of RC. The development and use of theory can help reveal contradictions in our practice and allows our knowledge to grow.
Wygelian is an RC-invented term for any of the many constituencies—women, Gay people, young people, elders, disabled people, people targeted by racism,and so on.