Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Colin Feltham - Emeritus Professor of Counselling & Psychotherapy, Sheffield Hallam University
Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy examines the critical debates around key topics in counselling and psychotherapy. In nine sections including Everyday Counselling Practice, Training and Curriculum Issues, and Counselling, Society and Culture, Colin Feltham explores and cross-references 60 provocative questions central to counselling training and practice.
Ranging from more mainstream subjects like unconditional positive regard, ethics and supervision to broader social or philosophical issues such as employment concerns and the debate on assisted suicide, entries include:
- Why have we focused on core theoretical models?
- What are the pros and cons of short-term, time-limited counselling?
- What's wrong with CBT?
- Where is research taking us?
- Is statutory regulation a good and inevitable development?
- Are there limits to personal change in counselling?
Each section includes questions for reflection, case studies and student exercises. This comprehensive, student-friendly text is a useful resource for lecturers to stimulate seminar discussion, and for all trainees wishing to write essays or generally develop their critical thinking in counselling and psychotherapy.
This book covers many important areas, but we particularly value the appendix which is an exercise to facilitate critical thinking. We find it an excellent way to introduce critical thinking to our students, and so useful to have it from the perspective of counselling, making the task much more relevant and real for them.
A fantastic book to help gain an insight into critical thinking
This book has really helped those learners training to be counsellors who have done little or no previous formal learning.
This is a useful book for initiating debate in groups around current topical issues in counselling and psychotherapy. The author acknowledges that he has decided not to evidence his own viewpoints deliberately. I would have personally found the book more useful if the author had used supporting evidence. That said, this book seems able to engage the reader on an emotional level, which I gather is a key focus of the book.
An interesting collection of ideas and discourse for the trainee who is feeling the elephants in the room once they enter into their first placement. A good discussion starter.
This book will be added to a newly validated module on Critical thinking and professional development. It was good to see a book specifically designed for critical thinking in a related field to community youth work.
An excellent book that will prompt much debate and discussion in contexts from Counsellor Education to Group CPD. Each subject is written to offer a range of perspectives and discussion around these, in a succinct way.
Provided an added dimension to our internship program not provided by other texts.
A really useful book that the students have already found essential to their study, practical and professional skills
Material could assist in a specialist psychosocial interventions unit currently part of the BSc/BSc(Hons) Mental Health programme and has been looked at by unit facilitator.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Everyday Counselling Practice