Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy examines the critical debates around key topics in counselling and psychotherapy. In nine sections including Everyday Counselling Practice, Training and Curriculum Issues, and Counselling, Society and Culture, Colin Feltham explores and cross-references 60 provocative questions central to counselling training and practice.
Ranging from more mainstream subjects like unconditional positive regard, ethics and supervision to broader social or philosophical issues such as employment concerns and the debate on assisted suicide, entries include: Why have we focused on core theoretical models?; What are the pros and cons of short-term, time-limited counselling?; What's wrong with CBT?; Where is research taking us?; Is statutory regulation a good and inevitable development?; Are there limits to personal change in counselling?
Each section includes questions for reflection, case studies and student exercises. This comprehensive, student-friendly text is a useful resource for lecturers to stimulate seminar discussion, and for all trainees wishing to write essays or generally develop their critical thinking in counselling and psychotherapy.
- What Is Critical Thinking?
- Everyday Counselling Practice
- Chapter 1: What Are the Pros and Cons of Unconditional Positive Regard?
- Chapter 2: How Important Are Boundaries in Counselling Practice?
- Chapter 3: What Form Should Assessment Take?
- Chapter 4: Is Eclecticism as Bad as the Bad Press It's Had?
- Chapter 5: What Are the Pros and Cons of Short-Term, Time-Limited Counselling?
- Chapter 6: What's Wrong with Counsellor Self-Disclosure?
- Chapter 7: How Crucial Are Counselling Ethics?
- Chapter 8: Can You Counsel Effectively When Affected by Illness or Personal Troubles?
- Chapter 9: Does It Matter If Empathy Is Not Matched by Personal Experience?
- Training and Curriculum Issues
- Chapter 10: Is Training Necessary?
- Chapter 11: Who is Suitable to be a Counsellor?
- Chapter 12: Should Men Counsel?
- Chapter 13: How Important Is the Trainee's Own Personal Therapy?
- Chapter 14: Why Have We Focused on Core Theoretical Models?
- Chapter 15: How Much Is Theory Related to Practice?
- Chapter 16: Are Colleges and Universities the Best Places to Train Counsellors?
- Chapter 17: How Necessary Is Psychology to Counselling?
- Chapter 18: How Might Counselling Be Expanded as an Academic Subject?
- Theories of Counselling Practice
- Chapter 19: Who Founds Schools of Counselling and Why?
- Chapter 20: Which Theories of Human Development Are Most Relevant in Counselling Training and Practice?
- Chapter 21: How Do Genes, Personality, Object Relations and Life Events Interact?
- Chapter 22: What Roles Do Chance, Destiny and Control Play in Our Lives?
- Chapter 23: What's Wrong with Psychoanalytic Therapy?
- Chapter 24: What Are the Limitations of the Person-Centred Approach?
- Chapter 25: What's Wrong with CBT?
- Professional Issues and Infrastructures
- Chapter 26: Who Owns Counselling?
- Chapter 27: Do We Need Supervision Forever?
- Chapter 28: Where Is Research Taking Us?
- Chapter 29: Is Statutory Regulation a Good and Inevitable Development?
- Chapter 30: What Are the Differences Between Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis, Clinical and Counselling Psychology?
- Chapter 31: How Buoyant or Otherwise Is the Job Market for Counsellors?
- Chapter 32: How Should We Respond to Clients' Views and Complaints?
- Counselling, Society and Culture
- Chapter 33: How Important Are ‘Social Contexts of Counselling’ as a Component of Training?
- Chapter 34: Can Counselling Be a Countercultural Activity?
- Chapter 35: How Much Should Counsellors Charge?
- Chapter 36: Whatever Happened to Self-Analysis, Co-Counselling, Group and Social Therapy?
- Chapter 37: Are We Counselling on a Dying Planet?
- Spiritual and Philosophical Issues
- Chapter 38: Does Counselling Rest on Faith and Hope?
- Chapter 39: Are Life, Training and Counselling Part of a ‘Journey’?
- Chapter 40: Can Counselling Make You Enlightened?
- Chapter 41: Whatever Happened to Free Will and Willpower?
- Chapter 42: Do We Need to Have a View About the World/Reality/Existence Itself?
- Counselling Wisdom
- Chapter 43: Is Counselling Non-Directive and Value-Free?
- Chapter 44: Is It All About the Relationship?
- Chapter 45: Does the Client Know Best?
- Chapter 46: Must Counselling Embrace an Optimistic View of Human Nature and Potential?
- The Spectrum of Suffering
- Chapter 47: Can Counselling or Psychotherapy Help People with Serious Mental Health Problems?
- Chapter 48: Are We All Neurotic?
- Chapter 49: Are There Limits to Personal Change in Counselling?
- Chapter 50: Which Undiscovered Diagnostic Categories Might There Be?
- Chapter 51: Is the Human Species Anthropathological?
- Perennial and Current Topics
- Chapter 52: How Much Depends on the Client?
- Chapter 53: Is Counselling Primarily a Heartfelt Activity?
- Chapter 54: Is Counselling Scientific?
- Chapter 55: What to Think About Suicide?
- Chapter 56: What Is the Future for Couple Counselling?
- Chapter 57: Why Has Counselling Had So Many Detractors?
- Chapter 58: To What Extent Is Counselling Reliant on Illusions?
- Chapter 59: Who Is the ‘Person of Tomorrow’?
- Chapter 60: What Does the Writer Really Think?