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Working with Difference and Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Working with Difference and Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy

May 2020 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book guides you through the complexities of working with difference and diversity in counselling and psychotherapy. It introduces you to contemporary thinking on the construction of difference, social identity and culture, and applies the theory to therapy practice. With reflective exercises and case examples, it will help you to work more confidently and sensitively with difference.

Rose Cameron is a practitioner and a trainer in counselling and psychotherapy. She is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh.

Chapter 1: The Psychological Impact of Hostility
Chapter 2: The Social Construction of Difference: Race, Ethnicity, Nationality and Religion
Chapter 3: The Social Construction of Difference: Gender, Sex, Sexuality, Disability, Age and Class
Chapter 4: Reclaiming Identity in the 1970s and 1980s
Chapter 5: Contemporary Identities
Chapter 6: Cultural Arrogance
Chapter 7: Cultural Humility
Chapter 8: Demonising and Romanticising the ‘Other’
Chapter 9: Power and Prejudice
Chapter 10: Power and Privilege
Chapter 11: Challenges to Communication
Conclusion: The Therapeutic Relationship

Each chapter points us towards how difference and diversity in the therapy room can challenge us to be better therapists. The author does not lecture but makes us aware of ourselves in relation to ourselves, social history, the client’s self and the space in the therapy room where differences sit. This short book is not a quick read; nor is it of small impact. It is without doubt one to revisit and be refreshed by when needed. 

Gavin Conn
Therapy Today

A fantastic book. My students love it.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
April 26, 2023

Really useful exploration of working with difference and diversity for trainee and experienced counsellors alike

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
October 13, 2021

A very good book which covers a wide range of topics with regards to diversity in therapeutic practice. The case discussions are very relevant and clearly link to the theory presented. The content seems contemporary.

Dr Alex Kyriakopoulos
Department of Psychology, Teesside University
September 27, 2020

Good challenging text

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology, Sport, and Exercise, Staffordshire University
December 1, 2020

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