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 9: Talk, Talk, Talk: What is All This about?
Talk, Talk, Talk: What is All This about?
Abstract: In this chapter, we will review the professional debate as to what counselling actually is, and the difficulties of definition. We will then offer our own definition which underpins this work, and offer a means of differentiating counselling from psychotherapy. Counselling will then be contextualised alongside other ‘interpersonal activities’, and, finally, we will introduce some issues regarding the exclusive consequences of the current push to professionalisation of counselling.
It would seem that whatever the social consequences of counselling, it is well embedded as a social practice on an increasingly global level. There is no doubt that there are a number of activities which constitute some form of counselling. There are ...