This innovative new textbook examines the critical debates around key topics in counselling and psychotherapy. In nine sections including Everyday Counselling Practice, Training and Curriculum Issues, and Counselling, Society and Culture, Colin Feltham explores 60 provocative questions central to counselling training and practice.
Ranging from more mainstream subjects like unconditional positive regard, ethics and supervision to broader social or philosophical issues such as employment concerns and the debate on assisted suicide, entries include:
- Why have we focused on core theoretical models?
- What are the pros and cons of short-term, time-limited counselling?
- What's wrong with CBT?
- Where is research taking us?
- Is statutory regulation a good and inevitable development?
- Are there limits to personal change in counselling?
Each section includes questions for reflection, case studies and student exercises. This comprehensive, student-friendly text is a useful resource for lecturers to stimulate seminar discussion, and for all trainees wishing to write essays or generally develop their critical thinking in counselling and psychotherapy.
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?
Introduction: What Is Critical Thinking? PART ONE: EVERYDAY COUNSELLING PRACTICE What Are the Pros and Cons of Unconditional Positive Regard? How Important Are Boundaries in Counselling Practice? What Form Should Assessment Take? Is Eclecticism as Bad as the Bad Press It's Had? What Are the Pros and Cons of Short-Term, Time-Limited Counselling? What's Wrong with Counsellor Self-Disclosure? How Crucial Are Counselling Ethics? Can You Counsel Effectively When Affected by Illness or Personal Troubles? Does It Matter if Empathy Is Not Matched by Personal Experience? PART TWO: TRAINING AND CURRICULUM ISSUES Is Training Necessary? Who Is Suitable to Be a Counsellor? Should Men Counsel? How Important Is the Trainee's Own Personal Therapy? Why Have We Focused on Core Theoretical Models? How Much Is Theory Related to Practice? Are Colleges and Universities the Best Places to Train Counsellors? How Necessary Is Psychology to Counselling? How Might Counselling Be Expanded as an Academic Subject? PART THREE: THEORIES OF COUNSELLING PRACTICE Who Founds Schools of Counselling and Why? Which Theories of Human Development Are Most Relevant in Counselling Training and Practice? How Do Genes, Personality, Object Relations and Life Events Interact? What Roles Do Chance, Destiny and Control Play in Our Lives? What's Wrong with Psychoanalytic Therapy? What Are the Limitations of the Person-centred Approach? What's Wrong with CBT? PART FOUR: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND INFRASTRUCTURES Who Owns Counselling? Do We Need Supervision Forever? Where Is Research Taking us? Is Statutory Regulation a Good and Inevitable Development? What Are the Differences between Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Clinical and Counselling Psychology? How Buoyant or Otherwise Is the Job Market for Counsellors? How Should We Respond to Clients' Views and Complaints? PART FIVE: COUNSELLING, SOCIETY AND CULTURE How Important Are 'Social Contexts of Counselling' as a Component of Training? Can Counselling be a Countercultural Activity? How Much Should Counsellors Charge? Whatever happened to Self-Analysis, Co-Counselling, Group and Social Therapy? Are We Counselling on a Dying Planet? PART SIX: SPIRITUAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES Does Counselling Rest on Faith and Hope? Are Life, Training and Counselling Part of a 'Journey'? Can Counselling Make You Enlightened? Whatever Happened to Free Will and Willpower? Do we Need to Have a View about the World/Reality/Existence Itself? PART SEVEN: COUNSELLING WISDOM Is Counselling Non-directive and Value-Free? Is It All about the Relationship? Does the Client Know Best? Must Counselling Embrace an Optimistic View of Human Nature and Potential? PART EIGHT: THE SPECTRUM OF SUFFERING Can Counselling or Psychotherapy Help People with Serious Mental-Health Problems? Are We All Neurotic? Are There Limits to Personal Change in Counselling? Which Undiscovered Diagnostic Categories Might There Be? Is the Human Species Anthropathological? PART NINE: PERENNIAL AND CURRENT TOPICS How Much Depends on the Client? Is Counselling Primarily a Heartfelt Activity? Is Counselling Scientific? What to Think about Suicide? What Is the Future for Couple Counselling? Why Has Counselling Had So Many Detractors? To What Extent Is Counselling Reliant on Illusions? Who Is the 'Person of Tomorrow'? What Does the Writer Really Think?