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D.2. Requirements of RC Teachers

Experience and Knowledge

People applying to teach RC shall, whenever possible;

  1. have participated in many RC classes;
  2. have Co-Counseled effectively with a number of Co-Counselors;
  3. have discharged consistently and well in their sessions;
  4. have regular Co-Counseling sessions;
  5. stay up-to-date with RC theory, which includes reading the literature;
  6. subscribe to Present Time[32], if English is their first language (or, if English is not their first language, obtain as many as possible of the Present Time articles that have been translated into their language);
  7. be knowledgeable about the Guidelines, follow them, and support their use;
  8. have good relationships with their local Co-Counseling Community; and
  9. have been an assistant teacher or had similar leadership experience.

Teachers should understand the purpose of the Community policy on not socializing and follow it.

Moving against Distress

When approving teachers, Reference Persons will take into account the applicants’ competence, responsibility, relationships with others, and capacity to handle their surroundings and their own well-being. The goal is to have each teacher be free of any patterns that interfere with being an excellent model. Classist, racist, anti-Jewish, sexist, ageist, and other oppressive patterns, including greed, are part of our cultures. Teachers are to challenge and discharge on all oppressive patterns they encounter in RC activities and in their own lives.

Discharge and decision can be used to eliminate addictive behavior.[33] Meanwhile, teachers are expected

  1. not to engage in or defend the use of alcohol, marijuana, or other mind-altering drugs,[34] including psychiatric drugs, and not to defend the use of tobacco or e-cigarettes,[35] and to understand and share information about the harmfulness of their use;
  2. not to defend the use of pornography,[36] prostitution, or other sex industries[37];
  3. to have counseled enough on the sexual distresses that society has installed on them (as on all of us) to not engage in sexual contact for money or other forms of compensation or otherwise collude with the exploitation of anyone who is compelled or driven to offer such contact by violence, threat, force, economic conditions, or oppression;
  4. to work to free themselves from rigid and repetitive sexual behaviors;
  5. to counsel on and challenge all distresses related to addictive behavior, including in the areas of sex, money, and food, and on the use of or avoidance of medications[38] and/or medical treatment;
  6. not to intentionally do anything that endangers themselves or others for patterned reasons;
  7. to work on any attitudes of superiority toward people who have been unable to free themselves from distressed situations and behaviors forced on them by society; and
  8. to work openly as a client with a Reference Person or Reference Persons about any struggles to meet these expectations.

Teachers are expected to discharge and take action against oppressive patterns

  1. for their own successful re-emergence;
  2. to be models for other people;
  3. to teach successful classes and build successful Communities; and
  4. to be leaders wherever they are.

Attitude toward Teaching

In our experience neither eagerness nor reluctance to teach indicates how successful a teacher will be. Reference Persons are not obligated to certify individuals whose patterns seek approval through being a teacher. Co-Counselors who are reluctant to teach and must be counseled and encouraged to teach can become successful teachers.

Teachers are expected to take complete responsibility for their classes.  This includes taking responsibility for their own re-emergence as teachers.


RC teachers are expected to be excellent models of RC theory. They should attempt to guide their lives by rational thought and RC theory.

The use of harmful substances and the participation in harmful activities are inconsistent with RC theory. They affect the full functioning of our minds, install new hurts, and collude with and reinforce oppression. The oppressive society promotes these substances and activities to make people numb and silence their struggle against oppression.

No human would use these substances or participate in these activities in the absence of oppression, other hurt, and extensive targeting by profit-motivated entities. People can recover from the damage caused by these substances and activities through discharge.

Those actively engaged in the struggle to end heavy addictions can be good RC teachers.

The current rapid expansion and normalization of the global commercial sex industries poses a challenge to the RC Community’s commitment to extend rationality worldwide. RC teachers must understand the far-reaching effects of this industry in general and on our work. This industry is designed to manipulate people to act irrationally, which undermines our ability to think clearly. We stand against the efforts of this industry and the patterns installed on the individuals engaged in the industry, but not against the individuals themselves.

The sex industries are based in and promote patterns of male domination and sexism. They target particular oppressed groups—primarily women and girls but also poor people, LBGQT people, and boys—with further exploitation. Men, who are oppressed by society into becoming agents of oppression, are targeted by the sex industries to become compulsive users. Increasingly women are also targeted as users. The sex industries distort the rational human need for closeness and affection and reinforce sexual distresses.

[32] A shared subscription is fine.

[33] Addictive behavior is the continued giving in to the restimulated feelings of a distress recording and re-enacting the distress recording’s content.

[34] Mind-altering drugs are drugs that affect the central nervous system and interfere with the thought process and/or with discharge and re-evaluation.

[35] RCers who use tobacco or e-cigarettes may teach RC as long as they are actively committed to ending the behavior and openly discharging on the struggle to do so.

[36] The use of pornography is defined as the seeking out of written, audio, or visual materials that are intended to restimulate sexual feelings. Pornography is a form of sexual exploitation, mainly of women and young people as objects and of men as consumers. It exists within a context of sexism, male domination, young people’s oppression, and classism. Racism and LGBQT oppression play key roles in the ways that everyone is exploited and oppressed by it. Although pornography has been primarily promoted to men as consumers, the highly profitable pornography industry is increasingly targeting women as consumers as well.

[37] The sex industries are global multi-billion dollar industries that profit off of commercial sexual exploitation.  The sex industries include but are not limited to pornography, prostitution, Internet sex, escort services, strip clubs, erotic massage parlors, sex tourism, and sex trafficking.

[38] A medication is a substance that treats, prevents, or alleviates the symptoms or causes of a disease or other medical condition.

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