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Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling
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Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling
Practical Strategies and Provocative Themes

Second Edition

June 2008 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition is a hugely pragmatic text that draws on humour and experience to explore and help to demystify some of the issues and dilemmas that counsellors find themselves in today. Offering diverse approaches and skills to help practitioners and trainees see through the 'challenging' or 'sticky' moments in conventional therapeutic practice, Janice Russell and Graham Dexter offer practical advice for moving forward.

Topics are presented in terms of an argument: key concerns, the underlying assumptions and beliefs about the topic; exploration of possible counsellor responses (relating potential interventions to the assumptions and beliefs of the counsellor); and concluding with general guidelines for professional and ethical practice.

Well referenced and researched, this revised edition updates the discourse on many current themes with new sections including:

" negative consequences of counselling

" issues of mental health and illness

" professional issues

" warnings for practitioners to heed

" challenges to concepts of selfhood

Challenging Blank Minds and Sticky Moments in Counselling: A Revised Edition addresses the skills and issues associated with all levels of counselling, enabling practitioners to reflect on their profession, with the ultimate goal of best possible practice. The text is down to earth, solidly grounded in theory, rich in practical skills and represents an engaging upper level text for trainees on a variety of courses as well as professionals.


 
Welcome to the Concepts
Introduction and Overview

 
 
The Inside Story or Trapped and Alone with the Couch......
 
Me and You, You and Me
Interpersonal Issues

 
 
Challenging
Do I Really Have to Sit Here And Listen to Anything, Even When I Think it's Drivel?

 
 
Tight Lips, Heavy Hearts
Articulating Without Words

 
 
Counselling Clients With Mental Health Problems
 
Let's Get all this Counselling Stuff into Perspective
We Can Only Do what We Can Do!

 
 
They Seek it Here, They Seek it There, They Seek for Counselling Everywhere...
 
Talk, Talk, Talk
What is all this About?

 
 
Philosophy, Psychology, Faith, and Goodwill
 
Getting in and Out of Counselling
Professional Issues

 
 
Blank Minds - Hardly Ever Sticky Moments - Not Any More!

Written with warmth and humour. This book brings humanity and realism to a variety of challenges frequently faced by counselling practitioners. A joy to read.

Mrs Izzy Poyntz
Department of Psychology, Roehampton University
December 13, 2014

An engaging and human evaluation of some key issues in counselling. The authors approach it in a clear, constructive, and humorous style, prompting much discussion amongst students. A useful work in facilitating debate and exploration for trainees.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
April 23, 2012

A great companion for any counselling practitioner. This book is a warm and engaging, a "real" account of the possible highs and lows experienced as a counsellor.

Miss Lyndise Tarbuck
Centre for Health and Care, Colchester Institute
January 14, 2012

This is a must for all diploma students and counsellors alike

Mrs Mary Sherrill
Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute
November 3, 2011

A refreshing, exciting and candid resource of real hands-on experience and wisdom from two charming trainers who haven't forgotten the power of wit and humour in an otherwise very serious subject. I found this book informative, enlightening and a joy to read and have no hesitation therefore, in recommending it to every student of counselling. Bhavna Raithatha, Lecturer, Truro College

Miss Bhavna Raithatha
Please select your department, Truro College
July 12, 2010

Hard to navigate but if read through thoroughly then it eases many concerns and worries for trainees.

Mr Marc Tomlinson
Counselling Training, Keighley College
February 21, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF


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