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Understanding Mental Health and Counselling

Understanding Mental Health and Counselling

First Edition
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September 2020 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Understanding Mental Health and Counselling provides a critical introduction to key debates about how problems of mental health are understood, and to the core approaches taken to working with counselling and psychotherapy clients. In drawing out the differences and intersections between professional and social understandings of mental health and counselling theory and practice, the book fosters critical thinking about effective and ethical work with mental health service users and therapy clients.

With chapters by noted academic writers and service-user researchers, and content enlivened by activities, first-person accounts and case material, the book provides a key resource for both counselling and psychotherapy trainees and those interested in the broader field of mental health.

Part 1 Understanding mental health: the emergence of the talking cure
David W. Jones
Chapter 1 The birth of psychiatry: questions of power, control and care
Jo Lomani
Chapter 2 The service-user movement
Sarah Marks
Chapter 3 The history of the talking cure
David Harper
Chapter 4 Diagnosis, classification and the expansion of the therapeutic realm
Part 2 Presenting problems
Naomi Moller and Gina Di Malta
Chapter 5 Understanding sadness and worry
Andrew Reeves and Christina Buxton
Chapter 6 Trauma and crisis
Naomi Moller
Chapter 7 Relationships and intimacy
Lucy Johnstone
Chapter 8 Understanding psychological formulation
Part 3 Models of working
David Kaposi
Chapter 9 The psychodynamic approach
Simon P. Clarke
Chapter 10 Cognitive behavioural therapy
Michael Sims and Gina Di Malta
Chapter 11 The humanistic approach
Julia McLeod and John McLeod
Chapter 12 The pluralistic approach
Part 4 Counselling in practice
Daragh Keogh and Ladislav Timulak
Chapter 13 The therapeutic relationship
Andreas Vossler
Chapter 14 Beyond the individual
Andreas Vossler
Chapter 15 Beyond face to face: technology-based counselling
Clare Symons
Chapter 16 Context of practice: boundaries and ethics
Part 5 Contemporary issues: mental health and society
Rebecca Hutten
Chapter 17 The politics of research and evidence
David W. Jones
Chapter 18 Mental health, criminal justice and the law
David Kaposi
Chapter 19 Individual or social problems?
Joanne Brown and Barry Richards
Chapter 20 Living in a therapeutic culture

Naomi Moller

Naomi Moller is Associate Head of Department in the Department of Social Science at the University of the West of England, Bristol. A counselling psychologist by training, Naomi is also a trainer on UWE’s counselling psychology and counselling programmes. Her primary research interests are in the areas of psychotherapy research and training, with a special interest in diversity and attachment. She has published various journal articles, is a reviewer for several psychotherapy journals and is a member of the Editorial board of BACP’s Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal. Naomi has a deep belief in the value of research for... More About Author

Andreas Vossler

Andreas Vossler is Director of the Foundation Degree in Counselling and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Open University. He is also a systemic trained couple and family psychotherapist. His current research activities focus on therapeutic work with couples and families, infidelity, Internet infidelity, and counselling and psychotherapy. Andreas is co-editor of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (2014) and Understanding Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010; both Sage). He has authored three textbooks and published 17 book chapters and 19 articles in peer-reviewed papers on topics related to counselling and psychotherapy... More About Author

David Jones

David kaposi

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