Counseling Definitions & Aims

Counseling has been developed from the necessity of combining methods of organizational development with methods of psychotherapy for the daily use of coaches, trainers, educators, teachers, social workers and other human potential professionals. The methods have mainly been derived from Humanistic Psychology in connection with structural & systemic thinking and with the results of interdisciplinary brain and human behavior research. Counseling is meant for prevention, structural and personal growth. Its aim is the development of individual, social and professional competence.  Counseling deals with the biographic, structural aspects of individual, social and professional conflicts.

The different methods of Humanistic Psychology in combination with the structural-systemic kind of reflection have proved to be helpful in finding destructible personal and organizational scripts that stop institutions and individuals from concentrating on their resources and from making a good use of them.

In the social-advisory context, Counseling has been used for:
-    personal development
-    the development of sound organizational structures
-    marriage, education, partnership and sexual topics
-    support of school and professional issues
-    professional and social rehabilitation after accidents
-    rehabilitation after post-trauma-stress

Counseling, backed up by the holistic view, deals with
-    prevention
-    mental health
-    script analysis and change of scripts
-    getting out of the drama-triangle (crisis)
As social, professional and political contexts are now changing faster, Counseling is needed for the prevention of stress and mental illness. At the same time, Counseling is designed to give solid orientation and training for behavior change and the change of non-developmental attitudes. This means that it focuses on resources, solutions and the learning of new structures for the challenges of daily life, making use of a combination of cognition, emotional and experiential learning.
In this context, Counseling has been regarded as a synthesis of educational, structural and therapeutic actions. Counselors must have had sound personal training & professional education which includes redicision and biographical script and redicision work.

Counseling may also be understood as a clinical alternative for dealing with mental diseases and the necessary healing aspects. Mental disease Counseling makes use of the knowledge on drugs, addiction and psychopathology. In connection with solid disease diagnosis it has been used in the fields of:  
-    psychosomatic diseases and traumata
-    psychiatric work
-    treatment of mental stress in relation to chronic disease
-    narcissistic disturbance in the wake of bad development conditions
-    drug and medicine misuse addiction

The political aspects of health education and public health have pointed to the need for training and qualification standards for Counselors as well as the need for a professional association that regularly monitors those standards.
The German Professional Association for Counseling, Education & Psychotherapy BVPPT (Berufsverband für Beratung, Pädagogik & Psychotherapie) and its training institutes and academies have been dealing with this challenge since 1972.

BVPPT is one of the founding members of the German Association for Counseling (DGfB).