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Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

December 2010 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This book is necessary reading for all psychotherapists and counsellors who draw on a range of theoretical approaches when helping their clients. If you work, or want to work, pluralistically in this age of evidence, read this well-written book." Thomas Mackrill, Aarhus University, Denmark

"This book comes at an opportune moment for practitioner training and practice. It will be an invaluable source for trainees and experienced practitioners seeking support in developing their understanding of, and practice in, contemporary counselling and therapy." Dr Lynne Gabriel, Reader in Counselling and Relational Ethics and Chair, BACP

"This book comes at an opportune moment for practitioner training and practice. It will be an invaluable source for trainees and experienced practitioners seeking support in developing their understanding of, and practice in, contemporary counselling and therapy."

Mick Cooper and John McLeod pioneer a major new framework for counselling theory, practice and research - the 'pluralistic' approach. This model breaks away from the orientation-specific way in which counselling has traditionally been taught, reflecting and responding to shifts in counselling and psychotherapy training.

As accessible and engaging as ever, the authors argue that there is no one right way of doing therapy and that different clients need different things at different times. By identifying and demonstrating the application of a range of therapeutic methods, Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy outlines a flexible framework for practice within which appropriate methods can be selected depending on the client's individual needs and the therapist's knowledge and experience.

This is a must-read for anybody training or practicing in the counselling or helping professions - it should not be missed!

Introducing the Pluralistic Approach
Foundations for a Pluralistic Approach
Building a Collaborative Therapeutic Relationship
Client Goals: The Starting Point for Therapy
Tasks: Focusing the Therapeutic Work
Methods: Resources for Facilitating Change
Research: Developing Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Supervision, Training, CPD and Service Delivery: Pluralistic Perspectives
Discussion: Towards a New Paradigm

An up to date and authoritative contribution to a complex subject.

Mr Gerald Willmore
Health and Social Care, Bromley College of FE & HE
March 6, 2012

Certainly one of the current hot topics for discussion in Counselling today, this is a concise and targeted work which will further expand students thinking around the concepts of school or model specific practice.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
November 9, 2011

A very very interesting book, useful for those in training and for more experienced practitioners. For anyone struggling to fit themselves into the term "integrative" this will be a helpful read. Trainees on Counselling Psychology courses who learn 2 or 3 core models will really benefit from this book as they attempt to undertstand how the models fit together within their practice.

Ms Jane Keeton
Psychology , Wolverhampton University
August 19, 2011

This is a useful text in respect of giving an idea about where the up-to-date thinking around counselling theory is heading, but it wouldn't be useful as a core text on our course. The core texts that we reccommend tend to be addiction-specific rather than generic.

Mr Trevor Smith
Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, Bath University
August 3, 2011

An excellent readable account which addresses the issue of the mutiple approaches in counselling and psychotherapy. A flexible framework for counselling is suggested which acknowledges the strengths of different approaches. A recommended read for all students of counselling.

Mr Peter Beven
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
July 13, 2011

A highly recommended and timely text which challenges schoolisms in exchange for a more integrative and user-centred approach.

Mr Graham Bright
University Centre, Darlington College of Arts
July 7, 2011

Not the best fit integrative framework for our course - but recomemended as supplementary reading

Mrs Sarah Jones
Education and Training, Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology
June 6, 2011

A very timely book, explaining the current focus in counselling psychology. A welcome addition to the recommended reading list.

Mrs Sarah Baker
Division of Psychology, Bedfordshire University
April 20, 2011

As we move towards evidence based practice the importance of meeting client need, rather than theoretical purity increases. This book looks at the broad range of issues involved in a considered way, that allows for the art of human contact as well as the science.

Ms Trudy Johnston
School of Social work and applied behavioural studies, University of Cumbria
April 20, 2011

Clear well written and comprehensive, easy to read and digest. Client illustrations + commentary very useful (e.g. page 61 and page 67). Verbatim extracts a bit stilled at times.

Chapter 3 particularly useful to us as it links with or current teaching (Spinelli and Yalom).

We intend to add the book to our Psychotherapy Year 2 booklist- students beginning in private practice very useful practical application sections will be helpful to them.

Interesting philosophical basis – fits with out questioning of underlying assumptions of theory.

Really innovative bibliography – including novels plays and films – very refreshing.

Mr Simon Smart
Training, BCPC
April 18, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1