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Working with Difference and Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy



July 2020 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book guides you through the complexities of working with difference and diversity in counselling and psychotherapy. It introduces you to contemporary thinking on the construction of difference, social identity and culture, and applies the theory to therapy practice. With reflective exercises and case examples, it will help you to work more confidently and sensitively with difference.

Rose Cameron is a practitioner and a trainer in counselling and psychotherapy. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.


 
SECTION I: THE IMPACT OF 'DIFFERENCE'
 
Chapter 1: The Psychological Impact of Hostility
 
Chapter 2: The Social Construction of Difference: Race, Ethnicity, Nationality and Religion
 
Chapter 3: The Social Construction of Difference: Gender, Sex, Sexuality, Disability, Age and Class
 
Chapter 4: Reclaiming Identity in the 1970s and 1980s
 
Chapter 5: Contemporary Identities
 
SECTION II: BRIDGES AND BARRIERS TO THERAPEUTIC WORK
 
Chapter 6: Cultural Arrogance
 
Chapter 7: Cultural Humility
 
Chapter 8: Demonising and Romanticising the ‘Other’
 
Chapter 9: Power and Prejudice
 
Chapter 10: Power and Privilege
 
Chapter 11: Challenges to Communication
 
Conclusion: The Therapeutic Relationship

A very good book which covers a wide range of topics with regards to diversity in therapeutic practice. The case discussions are very relevant and clearly link to the theory presented. The content seems contemporary.

Dr Alex Kyriakopoulos
Department of Psychology, Teesside University
June 29, 2020
Key features

1.Colin Lago, Independent practitioner, supervisor, trainer and author of SAGE counselling for diversity books (see below)

2.Moira Bishop, Course Co-ordinator, Amersham and Wycombe College, ABC Dip in Therapeutic Counselling and ABC Cert in Counselling Skills (60 and 50 students respectively)

3.Divine Charura, Snr Lecturer, Leeds Beckett, Cert in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills (62 students); Dip in C&P (60 students); MA Psychotherapy (12 students)

4.James Costello, Snr Lecturer, UWE, Cert in Counselling Skills (50 students); Prof Dip in Counselling (40)

5.Helen Nicholas, Sr Lecturer, Worcester Uni, BSc Counselling Psych (250 students); MSc Counselling (20); MSc EMDR

6. Lennox K Thomas, Refugee Therapy Centre, Modules: Difference in Therapy; Intercultural Therapy (12 students)

7. Gill Naylor, Snr Lecturer, NOrthumbria Uni C&P, Modules: Guidance and Counselling in Society & The Skilled Helper (70 students)

8. Sally Chisholm, Keele Uni (to follow)

 

Need: a practical book on the core topic of working with difference and diversity

Feature: This book explores the key competencies needed to work ethically and in a culturally sensitive manner

Benefit: Students can feel confident and equipped to work with a range of clients and, crucially, with clients who have different identities or backgrounds from their own

 

N: Students need to identify and be aware of their own socio-cultural position and explore their own prejudices

F: The book is packed with experiential and reflective exercises to help readers reflect on their own 'blind spots, 'invisible norms' and  'unearned privilege'
B: Students develop reflexive awareness of their biases and assumptions and to help work with individuals from a range of backgrounds

 

N: There are a multitude of theoretically dense texts on this topic, and a confusing array of terms (anti-oppressive practice, cross-cultural counselling; multi-cultural counselling, etc.)

F: this book will unpick the key theories and terms through clear and accessible language

B: Students gain a strong foundation of knowledge, getting to grips with the key terms, concepts and theories

 

N: Many texts take an outmoded approach to the topic, listing areas of difference chapter-by-chapter (gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disability, class, age, religion) which doesn't recognise the reality of the clients' lives

F: This book takes an intersectional approach to difference

B: The book helps students understand that individuals can be disadvantaged on the basis of more than one area of difference

 

 

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