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

By Dr Janice Russell, Graham Dexter

Difficult clean Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised version is a highly pragmatic textual content that attracts on humour and adventure to discover and aid to demystify a number of the matters and dilemmas that counsellors locate themselves in at the present time. delivering different ways and abilities to assist practitioners and trainees see in the course of the 'challenging' or 'sticky' moments in traditional healing perform, Janice Russell and Graham Dexter supply sensible recommendation for relocating ahead. themes are awarded by way of an issue: key issues, 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 basic guidance for pro and moral perform. good referenced and researched, this revised variation updates the discourse on many present issues with new sections together with: " unfavorable effects of counselling " problems with psychological well-being and disorder " specialist concerns " warnings for practitioners to heed " demanding situations to suggestions of selfhood tough clean Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised version addresses the talents and matters linked to all degrees of counselling, permitting practitioners to mirror on their career, with the last word objective of absolute best perform. The textual content is right down to earth, solidly grounded in conception, wealthy in sensible abilities and represents an interesting top point textual content for trainees on quite a few classes in addition to execs.

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10 Once any of the responses has been selected then the opportunity to evaluate the others has passed. Finally, try to remember and genuinely subscribe to the perception that you are only responsible for your part of the counselling contract with your client, not for the rest of their lives. Counselling is only one part of the client’s life; by all means maximise its impact, but don’t be deluded into overestimating your importance. 30 The inside story Distractions Another seemingly obvious sticky moment is the potential for the counsellor to be distracted.

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Gerard Egan (1994) regularly supplies a list of the qualities of the ideal helper in each new edition of The Skilled Helper, which we would guess is over and above the attributes of most of us more modest earthlings. The BACP ethical framework (2002) now includes a list of the kind of qualities that we might expect of a counsellor, which are remarkably similar to Egan’s. See Chapter 10 for more discussion. Dexter (1997) reports that one effect of training in counselling is considerable unfavourable reconstruing of family and friends.

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