Leadership in 1959–60

Aaron Rutledge

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The 17th President was Aaron Rutledge. He had served as the director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He was also director of the Grosse Pointe Psychological Center. For many years he was head of the Counseling & Psychotherapy Program at the Merrill–Palmer Institute. He also served as President of the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The following is an excerpt from Rutledge‘s Presidential Address:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Whether or not they know it, all counselors are dealing with unconscious material. For too long the admonition has been that general counselors and therapists should stay away from the unconscious . . . self-deception . . . can lead to grievous errors. . . . Residing in the human unconscious, the regions of least awareness, are the repressed, unfulfilled, unrealized, but sometimes also the healthier aspects of personality. . . . One must know that until the unconscious is made available to the client . . . he lives a limited existence. Much of the creativity of which he is capable remains unrealized. The appropriate question is not whether the unconscious is to be utilized in counseling, but why, and how?. . . how can each professional utilize and learn to use more skillfully these ‘unopened letters’ of the client himself?

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 At the April 2–3 Executive Committee meeting, held in Columbus, OH, the following were present: Aaron Rutledge, Harold Christensen, Henry Bowman, Ivan Nye, Blaine Porter, Ruth Jewson, Wallace Fulton, Christine Hillman, William Kenkel, Elizabeth Force, Gerald Leslie, Marietta Henderson, Bert Glassberg, Lester Dearborn, Esther Middlewood, and Edward Dager.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Ivan Nye gave the Marriage and Family Living Editor’s report: From May 1959 through March 1960, 102 manuscripts were received. Thirty-eight were accepted for publication and 15 were in press, for a 43.6% acceptance rate: Receipts from NCFR totaled $215.00. Expenditures were $93.34, leaving a balance of $121.66.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Ruth Jewson reported on the need for more help at the NCFR office; distributing newsletters to graduate departments of family life; the need for a membership flyer; and her attendance, along with Aaron Rutledge, Harold Christensen, and Mildred Morgan, at the White House Conference. Also, NCFR was on the planning committee for the 1962 Fifth World Conference on Health Education, to be held in Philadelphia. Wallace Fulton represented NCFR.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Blaine Porter, chair of the Section Reorganization Committee, recommended the addition of four major sections of professional interest: (1) Counseling, (2) Education, (3) Research, and (4) Social Action. Under each would be subcategories of special interests, for example, early childhood, youth, adulthood, old age, and later maturity.


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