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'Prejudice is, for good or ill, a part of our nature. It is instilled in us from birth onwards. All we can hope to do is to combat it, and the first tool in our armoury must be that of awareness. Without this, it is very difficult, perhaps impossible, for the psychotherapist or counsellor to explore how it might be influencing the psychotherapy relationship. Sue Marshall has, in this book, performed a valuable task in that direction, and has done in it very cogently in a most difficult area. I applaud her' - Joe Sinclair, Nurturing Potential Difference, prejudice and discrimination are issues which all counsellors and psychotherapists need to address as part of their personal and professional development. Designed to support training on these complex issues, Difference & Discrimination in Counselling & Psychotherapy helps therapists understand the experience of discrimination, as well as explore their own - often unconscious - attitudes to others, based on gender, sexuality, race, culture or mental health. For most therapists an attitude of acceptance and non-judgmentalism is fundamental to their view of practice. However, in seeking to be non-judgmental, therapists may run the risk of concealing their own prejudices. It is only by facing up to these attitudes and exploring them that therapists are able to fully relate to their clients and help them effectively. Synthesising sociological knowledge with her experience of a practitioner, Sue Marshall powerfully demonstrates both the importance and the practicalities of developing awareness about difference. Difference & Discrimination in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers a straightforward approach to some of the most difficult issues relating to practice, making it an ideal text for use in training and for qualified therapists continuing their professional development.

Sexuality
Sexuality

The concept of ‘sexuality’ as part of human experience and behaviour as distinct from other areas of our experience is relatively modern. With this concept there comes the division of sexual behaviour into different types of activity: with partners of the same gender or the opposite gender; on one's own, with one partner, or more than one partner; activities involving different sexual positions and different parts of the anatomy. This in turn has generated numerous attempts to classify activities (either socially or legally) as acceptable or unacceptable, natural or unnatural, normal or abnormal.

The regulation of sexuality, by legislation, social opinion or both, led to the idea of people being identified, individually and in groups, by their sexual practices. The notion of possessing a heterosexual, ...

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