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The Stresses of Counselling in Action
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The Stresses of Counselling in Action

Edited by:
  • Windy Dryden - Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK


January 1995 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"The strains of training and supervising students, as well as being a trainee counselor oneself, can be taxing. This book provides a balanced view of the real-life issues that therapists must master to succeed, both professionally and personally." --Pierre Rioux in Academic Library Book Review "I think the great strength of this book lies in the analyses and its emphasis on empirical evidence. It should contribute to preventing and reducing stress in counselors and therefore to more effective counseling. . . . Overall, this is a clear-sighted, original, constructive book, written with lots of life, and I hope it is widely read and influential." --Rowan Bayne in Psychology Teaching Review "A better title for the book might be 'The Challenges of Counselling in Action', and this is what many of the contributors describe, often with clarity and insight. There is for instance Julia Segal on working with clients with disabilities, and Colin Feltham on counselling in private practice. Feltham is commendably open about the tensions between work and private life." --Jan Elson in Journal of Interprofessional Care To counsel effectively, therapists need to be relatively free from stress themselves. Stress can emerge in the work that counselors do with specific client groups, in the contexts in which counseling takes place, and in the educational process both for counselor educators and for counselors in training. The chapters in this book, all written by practicing therapists and counselors with first-hand experience of dealing with stress, outline the nature of the stress that counselors encounter, detail typical coping responses (both healthy and unhealthy), and suggest methods for improved coping. An opening chapter puts the others into context by reviewing the relevant research that has been carried out on this type of stress. Practical, supportive, and encouraging, the book's most important function is to make practitioners aware that they are not alone in experiencing stress, and to reassure them that successful coping methods are available. The Stresses of Counseling in Action provides an invaluable resource for both trainee counselors and more experienced practitioners of all approaches and disciplines.

Joan L Brady, Francis C Healy, John C Norcross and James D Guy
Stress in Counsellors
An Integrative Research Review  
 
PART ONE: THE STRESSES OF WORKING WITH SPECIFIC CLIENT GROUPS
Kate Coppenhall
The Stresses of Working with Clients Who Have Been Sexually Abused
Tim Bond
The Stresses of Working with Clients with HIV/AIDS
Julia Segal
The Stresses of Working with Clients with Disabilities
Eddy Street
The Stresses of Working with Couples and Families
 
PART TWO: THE STRESSES OF COUNSELLING IN DIFFERENT CONTEXTS
Richard House
The Stresses of Working in a General Practice Setting
Colin Feltham
The Stresses of Counselling in Private Practice
Peter Ross
The Stresses of Directing a University Counselling Service
Stephen Palmer
The Stresses of Running a Stress Management Centre
 
PART THREE: THE STRESSES OF COUNSELLOR EDUCATION
John McLeod
The Stresses of Training Counsellors
Michael Carroll
The Stresses of Supervising Counsellors
Katrine H Jensen
The Stresses of Counsellors in Training

`Counselling those who are distressed can itself be a highly stressful activity... Practical, supportive and encouraging, this book's most important function is perhaps to enable counsellors to recognize that they are not alone in experiencing such problems and pressures, and to reassure them that methods of coping with stress can be found and successfully employed. An invaluable resource for both trainee counsellors and more experienced practitioners of all approaches' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`The great strength of the book lies in (1) the analyses and (2) its emphasis on empirical evidence. It should contribute to preventing and reducing stress in counsellors and therefore to more effective counselling... this is a clear-sighted, original, constructive book written with lots of life, and I hope it is widely read and influential' - Psychology Teaching Review

`This book invoked recognition and sighs of relief as I realised that others too tussle with difficulties closely related to my own... One of the strengths of this book is that each practitioner includes suggestions for improved coping, and just as we can learn from our shared difficulties, so we can also benefit from their experience of what works' - Self & Society

`In everyday conversation and in the media "stress" has become a catch-all word which obscures a variety of contexts and individual responses. This book attempts to unpick some of the meanings that "stress" may have for counselling professionals... A better title for the book might be "The Challenges of Counselling in Action" as that is what many of the contributors describe with clarity and insight... What the book underlines is the fundamental importance of keeping clear boundaries, of regular supervision, of time for reflection and recreation, and of support networks. The counsellor who hopes her client will learn to take care of himself needs to show the way by first knowing how to take care of herself' - Journal of Interprofessional Care

`This book provides a balanced view of the real life issues that therapists must master to succeed, both professionally and personally' - Academic Library Book Review

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