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Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition
Edited by:

October 2010 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a ground-breaking text which identifies the ease with which individuals can be disadvantaged merely on the basis of their gender, race, culture, age, sexuality or ability. Examining these and other areas of discrimination, leading experts highlight how vital it is for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions, to be aware of and engage with their own social, political and cultural attitudes, and how they must develop their skills as culturally sensitive, reflective practitioners if counselling is to be truly accessible to all members of society.

is a ground-breaking text which identifies the ease with which individuals can be disadvantaged merely on the basis of their gender, race, culture, age, sexuality or ability. Examining these and other areas of discrimination, leading experts highlight how vital it is for counsellors, psychotherapists and others in the helping professions, to be aware of and engage with their own social, political and cultural attitudes, and how they must develop their skills as culturally sensitive, reflective practitioners if counselling is to be truly accessible to all members of society.

This substantially revised and updated Second Edition also includes chapters on working within an anti-discriminatory approach with:

  • refugees
  • people with mental health difficulties
  • people with disfigurement or visible differences

Each thought-provoking chapter:

  • links theory to practice by providing case studies and extracts from therapeutic dialogues
  • assesses the most recent research findings
  • provides exercises for enhancing awareness and skills within each different domain or care setting
  • presents references for further recommended reading

Clearly written and accessible, Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy is an indispensable addition to the toolkit of everyone either training to be or practicing in the counselling and psychotherapeutic professions.


Mick Cooper
Foreword to the Second Edition
Natalie Rogers
Foreword to the First Edition
Colin Lago and Barbara Smith
Ethical Practice and Best Practice
Colin Lago and Barbara Smith
Anti-Discriminatory Practice Revisited
Saira Bains
Racism as a Trauma
Camila Batmanghelidjh
Child-Centred Practice
Aaron Balick
Sexualities, Sexual Identities and Gender
Gillian Proctor
Working with Women
Suzy Henry
Disfigurement and Visible Difference
Brendan Stone
Therapy with Seriously Distressed Clients
William West
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Religion
Stephane Duckett
Counselling Older People
Jude Boyles
Working with Refugees
Anne Kearney
Class and Counselling
Zenobia Nadirshaw
Therapy, Disability and Ethnicity
Roy Moodley and Lee Murphy
Multiple Identities and Anti-Discriminatory Counselling Practice
Gail Simon
Critical Thinking

Interesting reading, valid chapters - particularly like the reflective exercises for students in some chapters

Ms Ani De la prida
Social & Behavioural Studies, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
June 7, 2011

this is an essential read for anyone in counselling training

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
May 20, 2011

A useful reference with both background research and contextually focussed information.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
January 21, 2011

A very necessary addition to the literature surrounding anti discriminatory practice in counselling and psychotherapy. However, even within this book, there is a reference to people "suffering" from their disability. It would be good to see all traces of such language eradicated in a future reprint.

Ms Mhairi Thurston
Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
January 12, 2011

This publication demonstrates perfectly the link between law and practice.

It is helpfully divided into sections that represent different organisational settings with clear examples that support this.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
December 17, 2010

very relevant for Diversity module. Excellent.

Mr Marc Tomlinson
Counselling Training, Keighley College
December 9, 2010

Like the linking of theory to practice and the case studies. Presentation in boxes helpful. Short chapters on specific topics make it useful for students to tip into as well as read in a more systematic way. Range of topics helpful to identify plethora of ways in which individuals can experience discrimination. Edited volume exposes readers to a range of views and writers

Ms Lynne Lacock
Dept of Counselling Studies, York St John University College
November 18, 2010

An excellent text that is both academic in content and practical in use thanks to the various exercises detailed within the pages. The depth of knowledge shown by all of the authors brought together with the range of topics covered under the umbrella term 'anti-discriminatory practice' highlights the point that a lot of these areas tend to be left out of difference and diversity training schedules. This book has now been taken on as a core text for the Diversity unit within our Foundation Degree.

Mr Trevor Smith
Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, Bath University
October 29, 2010

An excellent text on a much under-appreciated and under-applied subject. Far too many people assume good practice whereas it deserves the level of attention and change in best practice recommended in this fascinating and thoughtful book.

Dr Stephen Goss
Metanoia Institute, Centre for Practice Based Research, Middlesex University
October 18, 2010
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Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Ethical Practice and Best Practice