advanced publication CCI introduction

Written by Niek on 20 July 2014.

The publication of a group of co-counselors in the USA  about an initiative to explain what they call 'Co-Counseling Explained' on Youtube, is the reason why CCI World News Service decided to publish in advance the four articles about the actual situation of the CCI approach, as described in our announcement of last Monday. First the authors had in mind, to publish those announced four articles on a weekly scale. So the last was scheduled on August the third, daily after the closing of the CCI European meeting in Germany. Because the same item may get attention at also the CCI trainers meeting in Münster, just before the CCI Europe meeting, we think it important that also the in these articles mentioned views, get the attention they deserve.
Bob Sawyer quotes  these American initiators in his email to his readers: 'This is our first show and it is available on Youtube at the following link. Your comments are welcome an any suggestions for future shows along with improvements'. They are invited to send their comments to a special email address. This address as well as the link on Youtube are here not published because we want to honor the CCI rule of confidentiality. (This message has been re-edit on request of Bob Sawyer). 


the CCI approach (4)

on 14 July 2014.

our brains

By validating our being in the here and now with the support of the CCI co-counseling environment, we become fully grounded in 'who we are now'. Within this special and unique here-and-now grounding process, it is interesting to explore what kind of influences helped to shape our being. Influences can include our parents and their social status and belief system, where we were born, what kind of school we went to, what kind of play we engaged in during youth, who were our role models, our education and its level etc. So there is a whole range of influences that makes us unique, complicated and special!

Together with this reality, it is also important to realize what we have in common with each other. The need of sharing and the need for support are examples. Another example, the need to tell another about what happened to us in the past, present or future, is essential. It is amazing that many of our physical and emotional perceptions seems to be similar. We mirror ourselves in the moment with both our similarities and our differences. With mirroring differences, it is very typical to realize that my color green may be quite different than yours because there is more yellow in it. Some of these perceptual distinctions can be cultural. For instance, a Native American may see green quite differently than a European citizen.


the CCI approach (3)

on 14 July 2014.

a range of tools

In CCI we use a range of different tools to gain more insights in our personal emotional experience and how this experience effects the health and quality of our life. What these tools all have in common is that they all have proven to be effective historically in whatever modality they have been practiced. With self-responsibility, the worker within a session trusts the process, the tools chosen, the support of a partner providing caring aware attention and the inner intuitive wisdom inside. Together trusting the process, effectively practicing tools, receiving support and listening to innate wisdom can create a healing atmosphere that is more than the sum of its parts.

The roots of these tools come from different sources. Caring aware attention is rooted with Active Listening as developed by psychologist Carl Rogers. Role Play is rooted in several psychotherapy modalities. Body awareness and emotional release methods have roots in Bio-energetics.Validation has roots with Norman Cousins ’the Power of Positive thinking'. CCI co-counseling provides an open space for the worker to use these tools for personal healing,


the CCI approach (2)

on 14 July 2014.

a range of assumptions

In CCI we have assumptions. Assumptions help us to get a handle of how to respectfully relate to and experience self and others within the CCI approach. They contribute to what we want and what will happen. For instance: we are thirsty. We do not think about that. We just drink something, in answer to that observation, as an automatic reaction. Yet there is a whole lot more going on beneath these behaviors. We observe a 'feeling thirsty´, and by raising our awareness we start to think 'what do I do'. So a process gets started whereby we need to discover an answer to that need.

Our biology automatically responds ´we need something to drink´. Spontaneously, the next question arises ´what can we drink?´ The steps are: we first become aware of the need, then start to think about an answer to meet that need - like an orange, some water, some milk ... and then we decide on the next steps to finalize our solution. So by following these steps, an internal process is generated. Namely, the process of becoming aware and finding a solution to answer the need. And this all happens in a split second.


the CCI approach (1)

on 14 July 2014.

a range of articles

This is an overview of a range of 4 articles we want to publish in the coming issues of CCI World News Service. We are, in this case, and for this activity, one American CCI-USA co-counselor- Rob Metcalfe and one Dutchman - Niek Sickenga (initiator of this website). Together, we take responsibility for the content of what is written. The motive of this action is that the CCI approach (of handling your emotions well) is based on the human needs of a 1974 time frame. Now, we live in another era and possibly have other needs. Looking at the numbers of organized CCI co-counselors in several countries (USA, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, New Zealand, Israel), it is baffling to us that the CCI approach doesn't get the attention which it deserves - especially as globally the need for emotional help is quite obvious. There may be 2 reasons why this is the case: 1) Something is missing in the method itself and 2) Our message is based too much on the social  scenarios of 40 years ago and not enough on today's social scenarios - creating a message that today's individuals are unable to relate or to understand. The writers of these articles believe reason 2, to be the truth.


CCI Europe Ireland 2015

on 09 July 2014.

togetherness: saturday July 25 to saturday August 1

Deaclan Reddy and Bobby MacLaughlin from CCI Ireland inform us about the times and venue of the CCI Europe 2015 meeting in Ireland. Bobby writes about that: 'This week-long residential workshop will be held in Termonfeckin, near Drogheda, Co. Louth. The venue is called An Grianan and is the centre for the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. As such it is famous for its excellent food, especially the home-made brown bread. The website is at

We are very happy to come back here, as it has hosted previous CCIs in 1996, 2000, 2005 and 2010. A short walk through the grounds and across a golf course leads to a wonderful beach, wide and long. We can promise you the weather will be unpredictable, brilliant sunshine and possibly stormy rain so bring togs and brollies.

The CCI is open to all co-counsellors who have completed their basic training. For newbies or people returning after an absence who might feel their skills are a bit rusty there will be a coco basics refresher workshop on the first day.


a MOOC workshop on line

Written by Niek on 04 July 2014.

On his Face book Business Page Bob Schoenberg, author of a recent book about the Designed Change Process, as it is developed by one of the founders of CCI co-counseling Tom Sargent, announces a free workshop about this approach. The link is workshop is free - for co-counselors and all others who want to change their behavior! The workshop on line starts next August 17th. This named website provides some basic information about Co-counseling and the Designed Change Process as well as the email address to register for this workshop. The mentioned website announces the first (free) co-counseling on line workshop since the start of the CCI approach in 1974.

Bob writes us that the Havard University at Cambridge (1636) in Massachusetts was one of the first universities in the USA that offered a so called Mooc workshop (Massive Open On line Course). Bob followed different courses himself on line and developed the special DCP workshop. His book about this approach was announced already last year by CCI World News Service and was recently mentioned already by his answers on 13 different questions about this book. (see the issue of 05 June 2014).


CCI meeting in Amsterdam

on 22 June 2014.

The coming local CCI meeting in Amsterdam will be on the evening of September 14 in the Dutch capital. The meeting is at the home of Eveline Swidde. The group is open for all CCI-ers who have done their fundamental training in CCI co-counseling. Mostly this is a continuing group of people that meets every month. Mostly there is 6 people to meet at Thursday evening. Feel free to come and if so, send Eveline an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. !



12 questions on the DCP process

on 05 June 2014.

by Bob Schoenberg

In June last year we announced a new booklet, written by the American author Bob Schoenberg about the Designed Change Process (DCP). Bob is connected by 'Critical Thinking' and the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Now, at the anniversary of 40 years CCI we want to put special attention to this DCP approach developed by Tom Sargent, one of the three founders of the CCI approach of emotions. And by the way - if there are changes since in this approach - we may possibly see differences for the future development of CCI also!

But at first CCIWNS wants to thank the author of this book for his writing about the backgrounds of this Designed Change Process. Doing so he memorizes the huge contribution also of Tom Sargent to the development of what CCI co-counseling is today. We, of 40 years later, are now more able to review that development and observe it.


Dutch CCI community

on 03 June 2014.

Like last year, the Dutch CCI community met Sunday the first of June, for its general meeting in Amsterdam. Host was secretary Nettie near the typically Dutch waterfront behind the Central Station of the capital. Twelve members attended the meeting, about 13 announced beforehand that they were not able to participate. The actual number of CCN member has now declined to 75. According to the yearly report 2013 no new members were accredited. Quite some time was token by financial affairs, president Jacques resigned and Liesbeth Bianchi will give all her attention to the board. Nettie announced to quit the board in 2015 (after serving the community for more than 20 years as secretary) and Emmy announced to step back in 2016 after being the treasurer of the board of CCN for ten years.

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