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.

Let's Get All This Counselling Stuff into Perspective: We Can Only Do What We Can Do!

Let's get all this counselling stuff into perspective: We can only do what we can do!

Abstract: In this chapter we explore the context of counselling and how it affects the activity itself. We discuss and analyse a number of issues which provoke dilemmas and potential blank minds. Firstly, we look at some of the complexities and contradictions of professional and agency ethics and goals. Secondly, we have some points to make on some of the conflicts which can occur between the rights of clients to a useful and professional service, and the rights of counsellors to a useful and professional life – indeed to a life!


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