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  • Subject index

Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.

Integrating the different Components of Dialogic Relating in Practice
Integrating the different components of dialogic relating in practice

This section gives an extended example with commentary which is designed to illustrate how the different strands of the dialogic relationship interweave. A strong working alliance, for example, provides commitment and safety for the persons in the relationship to risk sharing their inner selves (in the person to person relationship) and also to show their unaware archaic, idiosyncratic or transferential styles of relating. Working through those archaic styles of relating in turn strengthens the working alliance and allows a much fuller, more mutual ‘I–Thou’ meeting of people, the experience of which can help clients develop a more satisfying style of relating to the rest of the world, specifically with ...

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