`Useful for the insights about introducing a new service into the general practice environment' - Family Practice Counselling practitioners in primary care settings have unique circumstances to contend with. This book offers practical guidance for managing the issues these counsellors face, exploring the complex dynamics of health care teams and providing a guide to the safe and effective practice of counselling in primary health care contexts. The book highlights potential sources of difficulty for this group, from needing to maximize therapeutic contact while using time-limited techniques, to working with a wide range of patients and problems and relying increasingly on evidence-based practi

Training in Counselling in Primary Health Care

Training in counselling in primary health care

Until recently, it has been possible for just about anyone to call themselves a counsellor, and to set themselves up in practice with perhaps only the most basic of counselling skills training. It was also relatively easy to offer counselling to an agency or in private practice where counselling was in demand. It is true that some people can be helped by the provision of a sympathetic listener (such as that given by a relative or friend), but it is also possible that although this may give transient relief, many may simply find their problem aired, but unresolved. Of greater concern is the inadequately trained counsellor making an incorrect assessment, perhaps failing ...

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