C.2. Goals of RC Classes

Basic Goals

The Community offers Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) classes for people interested in becoming Co-Counselors and for the continuing re-emergence of those already Co-Counseling.

Goals of these classes include

  1. developing members’ ability to help others discharge;
  2. assisting members’ to recover their own ability to discharge;
  3. communicating about basic and newer RC theory, practice, and policies[18];
  4. providing a supportive environment for class members by helping them develop close, committed, caring relationships; by sharing information about oppression and internalized oppression; and by helping them work on the effects of oppression and internalized oppression on themselves;
  5. finding, setting, and holding directions against chronic distress patterns;
  6. encouraging members to make rational decisions about their lives, assume increasing responsibility for themselves and their environment, and take initiative toward the growth and development of the Co-Counseling Community; and
  7. training new RC teachers.

Diversity

Our goal is to bring together people of varied backgrounds rather than only people who are familiar or easily comfortable with each other (except when the topic of a class is intended for only a certain group). This is a practical step toward the unity of all humankind. When possible, RC Communities should consider offering alternatives to conventional meeting times, places, and schedules. Society puts up barriers to the participation of members of some oppressed groups, and we do not want to replicate this oppression.

Accessibility[19]

Meeting places for classes are to be physically accessible. For example, we try to use sites that are wheelchair accessible for people with mobility disabilities, have microphone loop systems for people with hearing difficulties, and so on. We also try to provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf and support for people with vision difficulties and to create accessibility in many other ways.[20]

Full accessibility is our goal. When accessible locations are not available, the Community can confer with the people in charge of the available locations to discuss possible adaptations to them. The Community may also contribute the money and/or physical labor needed to make these meeting places accessible.

REASON

RC classes and these goals are designed to make human re-emergence possible. Because re-emergence from distress takes time, Co-Counselors benefit from continued participation in a class.

Our individual re-emergence can proceed rapidly when we are part of a group of people who are using the discharge and re-evaluation process on an ongoing basis, led by a teacher who thinks about each person individually and about the group as a whole.

We aim to include all varieties of people in our classes so as to offer a broad perspective on the many ways humans can live. The oppressive society denies full participation in society to members of some groups. We want our Community practices to challenge this oppression. Societal conditions—for example, work hours, economic hardship, and difficult living conditions—may determine the possible times, locations, and formats in which particular groups of people may learn RC. We encourage the RC Communities to apply their requirements for Community membership flexibly (see Guideline A.4., Membership of the Community) so that people from these oppressed groups are not unintentionally excluded. Any questions can be brought to the appropriate geographic or Liberation Reference Person.


[18] Policies are guides and agreements that assist a group of people to act together in a cooperative, supportive way. Policies can promote discharge and help clarify thinking. They represent our best thinking to date, so they are always considered to be in draft form. Policy consists of (1) proposals for the application of RC theory, (2) recommendations based on our past experiences, and (3) structures for implementing these proposals and recommendations.

There are two different kinds of policies in the RC Community: (1) the Community’s policies, including those endorsed by a World Conference or an Area meeting, and (2) policies that represent the best thinking of a particular group (draft liberation policy statements).

[19] Access means the physical and practical arrangements that enable those with impairments or limitations to participate in an event in the most inclusive way reasonably possible, given all of the circumstances.

[20] We have been able to make funding available for accessibility through the Re-evaluation Foundation.


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