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Standards of performance and aesthetics in counselling and beyond

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In this article I discuss how drug counselling can be transformed through “aesthetic documentation”: a hybrid of art with narrative practice. After outlining the concepts of performance and standards, and a critique of “customising” counselling through formalised feedback, five claims are made about “aesthetic documentation”: The art works are prototypes rather than rigid standardisations; they represent collaboration rather than individualised performance; they both display and enact substantial meaning; they objectify and achieve recognition of clients and professionals; they facilitate flexible, diverse and transformative attributions of meaning and value; they address social problems rather than individualised malfunctions. This may help overcoming stigmatisation, and suggest a kind of trans-disciplinary knowledge that is different from the dominant scientific forms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

    Research areas

  • UDS User Driven Standards, performance, drugs, aesthetics, Standards

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