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- DescriptionDeveloping kwledge in the field of counselling and psychotherapy has traditionally been seen to require a specific type of research: one typically undertaken by academics and published in journals, with the express purpose of raising the prestige of the field as a whole. But how are practitioners to apply findings based on generalisations to their unique therapeutic relationships with unique individuals? In this thought-provoking text, Liz Bondi and Judith Fewell invite practitioners to move away from an approach to research that depends upon distance and objectification, and towards a method centred on practical wisdom developed through intense exploration of the lived experience of therapeutic relationships. Following a close examination of the flaws of dominant approaches to research in the field, the book provides a richly detailed exploration of a diverse range of subjective experiences, from both practitioners and clients. These include a voluntary counsellor's account of working with a bereaved inmate in a Scottish prison, a case study about how music and poetry enabled a man diagsed with schizophrenia living in a psychiatric facility to communicate and develop a positive therapeutic relationship, and an exploration of the gender dynamics experienced by a female trainee counsellor working with a depressed male client. Written by a collection of authors with a wealth of experience in practice and academia, this insightful and evocative text will inspire anyone undertaking research in this field - be they students, educators or practitioners.
- Author BiographyProfessor Liz Bondi divides her time between the School of GeoSciences and the School of Health in Social Science, where she is co-Director, at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests span counselling studies, feminism and emotional geographies. She is a counsellor accredited by COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). Judith Fewell is a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh. A registered psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council, she works part-time for the adult psychotherapy service of the Scottish Institute. She is also accredited by COSCA as a counsellor and diploma level trainer.
- Author(s)Judith Fewell,Professor Liz Bondi
- PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
- Date of Publication01/07/2016
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPalgrave Macmillan
- Content Notebiography
- Weight326 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
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