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.

Philosophy, Psychology, Faith and Goodwill

Philosophy, psychology, faith and goodwill

Abstract: This chapter is left more or less as it was in the first edition. We contend that the underpinning philosophy and values of counselling are based on some rather flimsy and somewhat superficial consideration of debate on the nature of self. Despite the rich philosophies of self available to us from both Western and Eastern philosophies over hundreds of years, counselling has almost unquestioningly embraced that of Kierkegaard. In other words, it exhorts us to ‘be that self who one truly is’. There is an increasing philosophical and sociological literature1 challenging the wisdom or credibility of such exhortation, literature which argues that the metaphorical ‘wearing of masks’ is in fact both useful and necessary to ...

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