Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Community
2017 Edition

    How shall the humans of the future live?
    Without distress, in love and zest and peace?
    Of course they will, but mystical goodwill
    Is not enough. We have a lot to learn
    Of practical details. We must divide
    The work between us in rewarding ways,
    Allow, encourage growth in everyone,
    Yet know the wishful fancy from the fact
    Not won to yet. No one shall be oppressed
    Nor be imposed on, yet shall all contribute,
    And workability shall bring accomplishment.
    The techniques of community we fashion
    May guide the great Community to come.

—Harvey Jackins


Preface to the 2017
Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Community

Welcome to the twenty-first version of the Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Community. This edition was revised and approved by the 2017 World Conference, which was held in Storrs, Connecticut, USA, August 8 to 13, 2017.

This document guides the work of the Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) Community. (See Guideline L., Use of the Guidelines.) We ask RC leaders to make it available to all Co-Counselors. This year we also produced an Introduction to the 2017 Guidelines—containing those Guidelines we believe new Co-Counselors need to understand by the end of an RC fundamentals class series.

Because distresses can interfere with our innate abilities to think rationally and to function well together, we need agreed-upon guidelines. The purpose of the Guidelines is to guide our work and help our thinking. They are not meant to be rules; they do not dictate how to handle every situation in RC. They are the collected best thinking of thousands of people. They challenge us to use our experience to think about our current situations and not simply apply our first thoughts or old solutions.

The Guidelines are most useful in the places where we struggle against our distresses. They can be a valuable contradiction to those distresses. If we have any feelings about a particular Guideline, we can take those feelings to our sessions to discharge, and then reconsider that Guideline and the situation we are handling. We may need to find new solutions, but they must remain consistent with the intent of these Guidelines.

The first Guidelines were adopted at the first World Conference, in 1972. They have been updated at every World Conference since then. They are a significant and well-established part of our functioning.

Ten Pre-World Conferences were held in the past year, in advance of the World Conference. At the Pre-World Conferences RC leaders discharged on, discussed, and gave input to the Guidelines. This input was reviewed by the International Reference Person (IRP) and a committee of RC leaders, who then made recommendations to the World Conference based on the input. The entire delegation of the World Conference reviewed each recommendation. Their final decisions were then incorporated into the Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Community.

To participate in the RC Community, Co-Counselors are expected to be guided by these Guidelines. Every RC leader is expected to know the Guidelines well and to follow them and support their use. Some Guidelines have the force of a requirement for being part of the RC Community.* Any deviation from these Guidelines requires the agreement of the IRP. When any other situation appears to need a variation from the Guidelines, the IRP should be informed of the variation.

Both reality and our understanding of it will continue to develop. These Guidelines cannot and do not need to cover every situation that may arise.

The Guidelines represent the work of many people, over many years. They have been repeatedly reworded, reorganized, and reformatted to make them easier to understand and easier to translate into other languages.

The 2017 World Conference confirmed Tim Jackins as International Reference Person and Diane Shisk as Alternate International Reference Person of the Re-evaluation Counseling Community for the next four years.

—Tim Jackins


* Guideline D.1., Certification of RC Teachers; Guideline H.3., Regional and Area Classes, Support Groups, and Playdays, and Area Gather-ins; Guideline H.4., Class and Area Workshops and Daylong Playdays; Guideline H.5., Regional and International Workshops and Gather-ins; Guideline H.7., Outreach Finances: Communities Outside the United States; Guideline J.2., Duplicating and Electronically Distributing RC Publications and Other Materials; Guideline J.4., Publications Royalties; M., Relationships—The No-Socializing Policy, and Guideline O.1., Handling Attacks.

 

 


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