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By John McLeod

This bestseller offers a finished advent to the speculation and perform of counselling and treatment. The publication has been completely up to date with new references and examples and now has details on themes resembling: Transactional research using common atmosphere in counselling The contribution of arts-based ways Integrating idea into perform to aid readers, the writer has prolonged the advent to the booklet on the way to define the goals of the booklet and clarify its constitution in order that this can be transparent to the reader from the outset. The pedagogy of this version has additionally been more suitable so that it will increase studying. every one bankruptcy contains: themes for additional dialogue keywords and ideas instructed extra studying Case reports and illustrations This booklet continues to be the booklet of selection for college students and tutors on introductory counselling classes.

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These are just some of the many ways in which psychotherapy has functioned as a kind of existential barometer for society. However, psychotherapy has also had an active role within 35 36 Chapter 2 The social and historical origins of counselling society in shaping people to become the type of citizens, workers or consumers that are required at any specific time and place. For example, psychoanalysis, with its emphasis on the potentially destructive impact of parents on their children, was just what was needed around the beginning of the twentieth century, when economic and scientific progress required people to take on quite different work roles from those held by their parents.

One of the public markers of the emergence of counselling at that time was that Carl Rogers, in the face of opposition from the medical profession to the idea 37 38 Chapter 2 The social and historical origins of counselling that anyone without medical training could call himself a ‘psychotherapist’, began to use the term ‘counselling and psychotherapy’ to describe his approach (Rogers 1942). Although in many respects counselling, both then and now, can be seen as an extension of psychotherapy, a parallel activity or even a means of ‘marketing’ psychotherapy to new groups of consumers, there are also at least two important historical strands that differentiate counselling from psychotherapy: involvement in the educational system and the role of the voluntary sector.

The relative weakness of State-funded health care in the USA meant that psychotherapy largely took the form of a private practice model, rather than a more community-based approach. The competitive capitalist ethos of the USA meant that innovative therapists were rewarded for producing new ‘brand name’ therapies, rather than for contributing to a more collective pooling of wisdom – thus contributing to a proliferation in therapy approaches and theories. And the growth of psychology, as an emergent academic discipline, meant that the legitimacy of psychotherapy became increasingly dependent on its capacity to undergo the trial of rigorous objective research.

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