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Difference and Discrimination in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Difference and Discrimination in Psychotherapy and Counselling

First Edition

June 2004 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Prejudice is, for good or ill, a part of our nature. It is instilled in us from birth onwards. All we can hope to do is to combat it, and the first tool in our armoury must be that of awareness. Without this, it is very difficult, perhaps impossible, for the psychotherapist or counsellor to explore how it might be influencing the psychotherapy relationship.

Sue Marshall has, in this book, performed a valuable task in that direction, and has done in it very cogently in a most difficult area. I applaud her' - Joe Sinclair, Nurturing Potential

Difference, prejudice and discrimination are issues which all counsellors and psychotherapists need to address as part of their personal and professional development. Designed to support training on these complex issues, Difference & Discrimination in Counselling & Psychotherapy helps therapists understand the experience of discrimination, as well as explore their own - often unconscious - attitudes to others, based on gender, sexuality, race, culture or mental health.

For most therapists an attitude of acceptance and non-judgmentalism is fundamental to their view of practice. However, in seeking to be non-judgmental, therapists may run the risk of concealing their own prejudices. It is only by facing up to these attitudes and exploring them that therapists are able to fully relate to their clients and help them effectively. Synthesising sociological knowledge with her experience of a practitioner, Sue Marshall powerfully demonstrates both the importance and the practicalities of developing awareness about difference.

Difference & Discrimination in Counselling & Psychotherapy offers a straightforward approach to some of the most difficult issues relating to practice, making it an ideal text for use in training and for qualified therapists continuing their professional development.

Discrimination, Difference and Identity
Race and Culture
Mental Illness

This book addresses two of the most current and difficult topics in the contemporary practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Each chapter highlights a different facet of Difference and Discrimination, giving the reader a concise overview of the topics and linking them to clinical practice. An invaluable book for all Counselling and Psychotherapy training programmes as well as providing food for thought to all working in the Mental Health sector.

Mrs Ana Paula Wellbrook
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
September 20, 2019

This book helpfully identifies how western-based theories of counselling can impact other cultures. The book helps us see how our prejudices are often related to projection and fear. It is clearly written and interesting. The book is helpful for those in counselling training either as students or tutors.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
March 2, 2016

Since I am teaching to counselling psychologists about issues of difference and diversity, this book is extermely relevant and I will recommend it to students.

Dr Angela Loulopoulou
Psychology , London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
September 5, 2013

excellent for counselling course level 3 Raises refelxctive questions. Accessible to read and use for students and lecturers . Good choice of particular groups to work with critically in discussions. Particularly liked the chapter on mental health and used this effectively in helping studnets to challenge their preconceptions.

Ms Carol Lloyd
social studies, Chichester University
January 23, 2012

I was looking at several books in this area . However both myself and another tutor looked at this book and felt it was totally appropriate for the course. it introduces the reader to a range of ideas about power diffenrentials, discrimination in its wider sense etc. as a tutor it led me to examine some of my ideas and values.

Mrs Pam Firth
Training Department, The Counselling Foundation
December 5, 2011

This is an excellent book for both students and those already in Practice. Marshall offers the challenge of accepting human difference, and at the same time knowing, accepting and exploring our own reactions and bias towards others. A must have for students and those seeking further knowledge or CPD.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
October 24, 2011

A valuable text with a jargon free approach that places diversity at the centre of theraputic work. Essential reading for therapists and trainees alike.

Mr John Dixon
Counselling, Cleveland & Redcar College
November 16, 2010

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