This is an accessible and user friendly guide to the theory and practice of relational counseling and psychotherapy. It offers a meta-theoretical framework for the integration of the three most popular counseling and psychotherapy modalities: humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral including mindfulness and compassion based approaches.
This exciting new text: outlines the history of integration in the field of psychotherapy and counseling; clarifies the nature of psychotherapeutic integration; defines different models of integration; provides a clear and rich discussion of what it means to work relationally; outlines a coherent and flexible framework for practice, in terms of theory as well as technique; demonstrates how this framework can be successfully utilized both in brief and long term therapy for a wide range of client issues and problems; provides a detailed guide to working with the Relational-Integrative Model (RIM) for a range of professional issues, including ethics, research, supervision, therapist self-care and personal development
Brimming with vivid case examples, mind-maps and therapeutic dialogue, this invaluable book will help develop the theoretical knowledge and skills base of students, trainers and practitioners alike.
In this chapter we discuss a number of professional issues that we see as inter-related: ethics, evaluation, the role of research, supervision and personal development.
The Collins English Dictionary defines ethics as:
- The philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct and of the rules and principles that ought to govern it.
- A code of behaviour considered correct, particularly that of a given group, profession or individual.
- The moral fitness of a course of action.
So ethics is to do with being moral, which in turn is defined as:
- Concerned with or relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad.
- Adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct.
- Principles of behaviour in accordance with standards of right and wrong.
The word ‘ought’ ...