the CCI approach (1)

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.

an addition

A major change to the approach occurred in 1995 with John Heron introduced addressing spiritual needs through co-counseling. At the CCI Europe international meeting in Harlech, Wales (UK), he gave a talk entitled 'Original theory of co-counseling & the paradigm shift'(see overview of CCI literature on this website). This CCI approach with a spiritual context, like the previous CCI co-counseling process, was also secured by confidentiality and peer formatted.

Now four decades after the creation of CCI and 19 years after John Heron's addition, we have to admit that the variety of tools being used by the CCI approach, have been and are being used by many other disciplines. So what really distinguishes us from 'the other disciplines'?

the answers

The answers to 'What distinguishes us from others? and 'Why the CCI approach works with individuals with diverse personal and cultural beliefs? are: 1) that the CCI approach is founded on the primary assumption where each individual is in charge without any outside authority and 2) that the CCI approach is supported by tools that are easy to learn, practical and effective. These two things help people to be emotional healthy and self-responsible.

Why is this the case? The answer lies in the fact that the CCI-approach is more than a range of tools and basic assumptions. It teaches us how to live in peace with our own past, present and future. Plus the experience of practicing co-counselors has proven that it works. The 'big trick' of the CCI approach was not that its creators invented new tools. No- the big trick is that 'they' chose a format for using the tools that had already been proven to work!

Within the CCI format, its creators were convinced that this way of working would not only flourish and be effective, but that each individual would be fully 'in charge' of their own process - without outside authority influences. Specifically, the CCI approach is an individual process focused on personal needs: So there is no authority within the CCI approach but YOU - the individual! This lack of authority in CCI is assured by a decision making process called consensus, a process which holds all participants as peers and equals. This is the first benefit.

A second benefit is that the CCI approach works within a whole range of relationships. That range starts with you first; then your life partner, your family, your local people, your region, your nation, and finally within our global and spiritual minded relationships. And no matter what the diversity of beliefs are within these relationships, the CCI approach remains effective. And still it keeps you in contact to be in charge yourself.

Recognizably in this respect, the CCI approach is built on trust (trust within yourself and your relationship networks). Ideally, we trust each other to be honest, clear and human. Thus although we may have differences of opinion and beliefs with others: within the CCI approach all are accepted and respected non-judgmentally and reciprocally. We trust collectively that we are all co-passengers in a train to destinations that serve all of us well.

the range

The coming range of articles will start with an overview of the range of assumptions within the CCI approach (as they actually are and why). Secondly, there will be attention paid to the tools of the CCI approach and the role of (some) CCI rituals, their roots and why. And thirdly, in an article will be paid attention to the introduction part of a so called 'CCI fundamental training'.

This article of the total range has been developed with the assistance of Lanette Errante, a CCI-USA co-counselor and editor of the CCI-USA Community Newsletter: Openings. In total this range is an actual written introduction into the CCI approach!

Niek Sickenga

Rob Metcalfe