For students training to be counsellors, students undertaking practicum placements, counsellor educators and professional practitioners.
This new text explores and examines some of the critical issues, topics and theories in contemporary counselling. Students are encouraged to develop a greater self-awareness through the study of what counselling involves – the forming and development of therapeutic relationships. This understanding is considered a necessary step for students to master before they develop the practical skills and techniques of counselling. The three themes which run throughout the text are: the importance of non-reductive understandings of the human person and the counselling relationship; the application of critical realism to counselling; and the centrality of practice and practice wisdom as a valid means to an evidence base in counselling.
1. Counselling in the contemporary context
2. Philosophy, theory, and practice
3. The trend of evidenced-based practice
4. Counselling: brain and mind
5. The effective counsellor
6. Personal development: A professional obligation
7. Counsellors and diversity
8. Counselling skills: Means to an end
9. The costs and benefits of care
10. The validity of hope
Appendix: A selection of professional counselling associations
Brian Sullivan is a lecturer in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Services and the Coordinator of the Post-Graduate Counselling Program at The University of Queensland. Before undertaking his doctoral studies at the University of Toledo, Ohio, Brain had previously worked as a secondary teacher, a school counsellor, and director of a social welfare agency. On returning to Australia he originally worked as a lecturer at the University of New England. Brian has over fifteen years experience as a counsellor, working with a diverse range of clients which have included school students, young male offenders, individuals, couples and families. His research interests include: the training and supervision of those working with male batterers; workplace violence; outcomes in couple and family therapy; and multicultural counselling. Brian designed and developed the new academic course, Master of Counselling at The University of Queensland.