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.

Getting in and out of Counselling: Professional Issues

Getting in and out of counselling: Professional issues

Abstract: This chapter provides an exploration of three areas of professionalisation. Firestly, what does it take to become a professional these days in the UK. Secondly, what does it mean to be one? And thirdly, what is happening within the professionalisation process itself as we move into a rapidly changing world order, both geographically and technologically? In this chapter, we raise questions as well as offering perspectives on the professionalisation process.

Becoming a Professional

The issue of the professionalisation of counselling has a long and thorny history. Basically in the beginning was the word, and the word was either Sigmund Freud,1 Carl Rogers2 and/or, in a different way, Gerry Egan.3 To propagate ...

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