Stimulating and timely, Discourses of Counseling offers a fully researched and analytically sensitive account of how counseling as a process is dynamically constructed through the interaction of therapist/counselor and client. Author David Silverman draws from research of people undergoing an HIV test while in a therapeutic relationship to explore the ways in which conversations between therapists and counselors reflect, embody, and subtly alter assumptions about the purpose, method, and practice of counseling. Of particular interest to professionals who counsel within the domain of HIV and other health counseling, and those who use narrative in practice, Discourses of Counseling also captures topics of importance to researchers and students in the traditions of sociological work on interactionism, conversation analysis, and ethnomethodology.
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
What Is HIV Counselling?
Basic Methodological Issues
PART TWO: COMMUNICATION IN HIV COUNSELLING
Communication Formats in HIV Counselling
PART THREE: DELICATE DISCUSSIONS
The Construction of `Delicate' Objects in Counselling
Offering the Agenda to the Patient
PART FOUR: ADVICE-GIVING
Advice-Giving and Advice-Reception
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
Counselling as a Discourse of Enablement
Implications for Practice