`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice
`Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on-the-ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist
In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including:
* Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'?
* Clinical issues: Is therapy effective? Is `the relationship' central to success? Do therapists pathologize their clients? Are boundaries necessary?
* Professional issues: Do trainees need therapy? Is professionalization of the field desirable? Are counselling and psychotherapy really distinguishable?
* Social issues: Can therapy be proven necessary? Does therapy benefit individuals or contribute to social control? Does stress really exist?
Colin Feltham is series editor of Professional Skills for Counsellors and Short Introductions to the Therapy Professions series, co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy and author of several SAGE texts, including What is Counselling?
Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counselling - Colin Feltham PART ONE: THEORETICAL ISSUES Does the Unconscious Mind Really Exist? - E M Thornton On the Existence of the Unconscious - Tim Kendall and Peter Speedwell Primal Therapies - Stillborn Theories - Jennifer M Cunningham The Trauma of Birth - John Rowan False Memories - A Peripheral Issue? - Roger Scotford Believing Patients - Majorie Orr PART TWO: CLINICAL ISSUES The Ineffectiveness of Psychotherapy - W M Epstein It Has Been Amply Demonstrated that Psychotherapy Is Effective - Stephen Saunders The Main Change Agent in Effective Psychotherapy Is Specific Technique and Skill - Albert Ellis The Main Change Agent in Psychotherapy Is the Relationship between Therapist and Client - David Howe Deconstructing Diagnosis - Ian Parker Psychopathological Practice Psychopathology Is a Reality and Psychodiagnosis Is a Necessity - Norman D Macaskill The Limitations of Boundaries - Derek Gale Maintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy - David Livingstone Smith A View from Evolutionary Psychoanalysis PART THREE: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES Personal Therapy as a Training Requirement - Ann Macaskill The Lack of Supporting Evidence In Defence of Therapy for Training - Valerie Sinason Becoming an Effective Psychotherapist or Counsellor - Jim McLellan Are Training and Supervision Necessary? Training and Supervision Make a Difference - Mary Connor Against and beyond Core Theoretical Models - Colin Feltham Training in a Core Theoretical Model Is Essential - Sue Wheeler Professionalization of Therapy by Registration Is Unnecessary, Ill-Advised and Damaging - Richard Mowbray Registration Benefits and Is Necessary to the Public and the Profession - Digby Tantam Psychotherapy and Counselling Are Indistinguishable - Brian Thorne There Are Real Differences between Psychotherapy and Counselling - Jan Harvie-Clarke PART FOUR: SOCIAL ISSUES Stress Discourse and Individualization - Tim Newton Employee Assistance Programmes and Stress Counselling - John Berridge At a Crossroads? Psychotherapy and Counselling as Unproven, Overblown and Unconvincing - Alex Howard Psychotherapy as Essential Care - Jeremy Holmes Mind at the End of Its Tether - Fay Weldon Counselling and Psychotherapy as Enabling and Empowering - Sheelagh Strawbridge