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Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: Practical by Dr Janice Russell, Graham Dexter

By Dr Janice Russell, Graham Dexter

Tough clean Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised variation is a highly pragmatic textual content that pulls on humour and event to discover and aid to demystify many of the concerns and dilemmas that counsellors locate themselves in this present day. supplying different techniques and talents to assist practitioners and trainees see in the course of the 'challenging' or 'sticky' moments in traditional healing perform, Janice Russell and Graham Dexter provide sensible suggestion for relocating ahead. subject matters are offered when it comes to a controversy: key matters, the underlying assumptions and ideology concerning the subject; exploration of attainable counsellor responses (relating capability interventions to the assumptions and ideology of the counsellor); and concluding with common guidance for pro and moral perform. good referenced and researched, this revised version updates the discourse on many present issues with new sections together with: " adverse results of counselling " problems with psychological well-being and affliction " specialist concerns " warnings for practitioners to heed " demanding situations to strategies of selfhood tough clean Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised version addresses the abilities and matters linked to all degrees of counselling, allowing practitioners to mirror on their occupation, with the final word objective of absolute best perform. The textual content is right down to earth, solidly grounded in idea, wealthy in sensible talents and represents an attractive top point textual content for trainees on quite a few classes in addition to execs.

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We can identify two distinct areas of self-disclosure. One is the content of what is disclosed: do counsellors actually reveal of themselves and their emotions as the client does? e. 7 However, this definition may be seen as narrow. 8 A second perspective 42 Me and you, you and me to self-disclosure, then, is that which delineates it as the revelation of self through manner and surroundings. We can easily distinguish differences between the counsellor and the client’s levels of self-disclosure.

In training, participants are prescribed a set of skills, values and attitudes and thus are to some degree denied self-determination. True they have volunteered to do so, but again it could be argued that it is impossible to give informed consent for an outcome yet to be identified. We are not arguing here that this approach is wrong: in ‘training’ as opposed to education, demonstrating the right way to do things is a necessary part of developing precise skills. We are simply pointing the reader to the paradox.

Where intimacy in counselling occurs, it is different from when it occurs in relationships of attraction: there need be no mutual attraction between counsellor and client. The client is initially attracted to the role, the promise of help, rather than the person, and the counsellor need feel no attraction to the client in any way in order to pursue activities which are geared towards generating intimacy. This renders it available to analysis in the paradigm of the production of intimacy as an active social process, rather than within the tradition of relationship as chemistry, as in courtship or marriage.

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