In, Against and Beyond Therapy: Critical Essays Towards a Post-Professional Era

Author(s) : Richard House

In, Against and Beyond Therapy: Critical Essays Towards a Post-Professional Era

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : January 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 372
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 30390
  • ISBN 13 : 9781906254322
  • ISBN 10 : 190625432X
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Explores some of the political, psychological and spiritual territory of working with the human condition. Collects together a series of devastating critiques examining the arguments around professionalisation and other deficiencies of the psy field.

* assembles 15 years of updated critical writings and provocative commentaries on the professionalisation process; the client voice; therapeutic education and training; and research

* discusses the deadening effect of institutional professionalisation; credentialism and careerism; audit-culture obsessions with evidence-based practice; and the psychopathologising of clients

* challenges the foundations of many of therapy's most taken-for-granted and self-serving assumptions

* central aim is to retrieve what is best in therapy

Reviews and Endorsements

'In this panoramic view of the state of therapy today that, unusually, has a view of the world outside therapy, Richard House writes with energy and purpose, providing us with arguments and reflections that are a delight to read.'
- Professor Ian Parker, Discourse Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University

'No one personally located within a mainstream professional organisation, whether an umbrella body like UKCP or a smaller training body, should ignore this book.'
- Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex

About the Author(s)

Richard House Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, Counselling and Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University's Research Centre for Therapeutic Education (RCTE), and a trained Steiner Kindergarten and Class Teacher.

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