People Not Pathology: Freeing therapy from the medical model

Editor : Pete Sanders, Editor : Janet Tolan

People Not Pathology: Freeing therapy from the medical model

Book Details

  • Publisher : PCCS Books
  • Published : January 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 270
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 97111
  • ISBN 13 : 9781915220233
  • ISBN 10 : 1915220238
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It is only in the last two or three decades that the medical model has come to dominate psychological theory and practice. This book considers the evidence that points us towards freeing ourselves from this creeping medicalisation and recognising the influence of our environments and circumstances on our psychological wellbeing.

Contributors from a range of modalities illustrate how to practise in a demedicalised way. Drawing on these examples from the field and perspectives from different theoretical models, the book demonstrates that an approach freed from the medical model provides the ethically axiomatic framework for psychological practice today.

Reviews and Endorsements

'This brilliant book is a vital resource for the increasing number of therapists concerned by the growing medicalisation of counselling and psychotherapy. It should be compulsory reading for all therapy trainees and practitioners. What a timely and vital intervention.' - James Davies, Associate Professor of Psychology and Medical Anthropology, University of Roehampton.

'... a coherent and powerful narrative for the philosophy of therapy as a social, psychological and community activity. It will help to inform thinking and debate for years to come.' - Professor Andrew Reeves, Professor in Counselling Professions and Mental Health, University of Chester.

'... a testament to its editors' tireless work to challenge injustice in this world; a breath of fresh air'. - Professor Emmy van Deurzen, Principal, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

'... a must-read not only for students, professionals and service providers but also anyone contemplating entering the mental health profession.' - Mamood Ahmad, psychotherapist and founder of The Anti-Discrimination Focus.

About the Editor(s)

Pete Sanders was white British. He worked as a volunteer at 'Off The Record', Newcastle-upon Tyne, in 1972 before completing a degree in psychology at the university there, and then the postgraduate diploma in counselling at Aston University. He practised as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor for more than 30 years, and published widely on many aspects of counselling, psychotherapy and mental health, as well as co-founding PCCS Books in 1993. After practising and teaching counselling, he continued to have an active interest in developing person-centred theory, the politics of counselling and psychotherapy and the demedicalisation of distress. He died in February 2022.

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Janet Tolan has worked in counselling since 1979, first as a volunteer, then as a full-time counsellor. She is a senior accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and a Fellow of BACP. She qualified in 1984 and completed her supervisor training with Brigid Proctor and Francesca Inskipp in 1988. Her last employed role was as head of the master's programme in counselling and psychotherapy at Liverpool John Moores University. She is now in private practice, working with individuals, couples, groups and teams. Along the way, she has worked in teacher training and in team and management development.

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