Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition is a hugely pragmatic text that draws on humour and experience to explore and help to demystify some of the issues and dilemmas that counsellors find themselves in today. Offering diverse approaches and skills to help practitioners and trainees see through the 'challenging' or 'sticky' moments in conventional therapeutic practice, Janice Russell and Graham Dexter offer practical advice for moving forward. Topics are presented in terms of an argument: key concerns, the underlying assumptions and beliefs about the topic; exploration of possible counsellor responses (relating potential interventions to the assumptions and beliefs of the counsellor); and concluding with general guidelines for professional and ethical practice. Well referenced and researched, this revised edition updates the discourse on many current themes with new sections including: " negative consequences of counselling " issues of mental health and illness " professional issues " warnings for practitioners to heed " challenges to concepts of selfhood Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition addresses the skills and issues associated with all levels of counselling, enabling practitioners to reflect on their profession, with the ultimate goal of best possible practice. The text is down to earth, solidly grounded in theory, rich in practical skills and represents an engaging upper level text for trainees on a variety of courses as well as professionals.
Chapter 1: Welcome to the Concepts: Introduction and Overview
Welcome to the Concepts: Introduction and Overview
Abstract: In this chapter, we overview the rationale for the book, and introduce the second edition. We offer some examples of what kind of instances present as blank minds or sticky moments, and provide the reader with a map to guide them through the rest of the book.
Welcome to the second edition of Blank Minds and Sticky Moments. In the first edition of this book, we invited you to be open to stimulation, to have an interest in what makes counselling tick, and to be willing to be entertained. We suggested that if we could achieve this, and if you could glean or reinforce some educative principles to boot, then your money ...