A Short Introduction to Counselling Psychology (Short by Professor Vanja Orlans, Ms Susan Van Scoyoc

By Professor Vanja Orlans, Ms Susan Van Scoyoc

A brief creation to Counselling Psychology brings jointly quite a lot of appropriate info at the conception and perform of counseling psychology, written in the course of the lens of direct practitioner adventure and incorporating a world standpoint. This available textual content offers concrete info on ancient advancements within the box as an entire, on education specifications and paths, on careers and domain names of perform, and at the sorts of initiatives and demanding situations that practitioners take care of in numerous settings.

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In the following chapter, where we address the issue of professional knowledge in counselling psychology, we return to this idea of reflexive practice in more detail. In the context of this chapter, we simply highlight this process as part of the challenge to reflect more deeply on what is actually driving our formulations in our professional worlds. qxp 22 11/18/2008 6:42 PM Page 22 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY At the heart of any philosophical investigation, and key to our focus in this chapter, is the exploration of epistemology – that is, that area of philosophy concerned with the nature and sources of knowledge, as well as its limits.

By raising the issue of consciousness not being the controlling function of human activity Freud posed a significant challenge to mainstream psychology (Gay, 1995). Of course Freud’s ideas were rejected by the positivists and thereafter followed an on-going struggle between the two camps with the ‘scientists’ interested in discrediting Freud’s ideas. Notwithstanding his description of himself as an adventurer (Freud, 1960) Freud’s training had been as a scientist, operating within a medical/neurological framework, and he explicitly asserted his interest in the development of a scientific psychology (Freud, 1950).

The philosophical challenge for the profession of counselling psychology In thinking about the issues set out above, it is clear that the formation of a ‘core philosophy’ in counselling psychology is no easy matter. To be too radical is to depart from the home base of institutionalized mainstream psychology, symbolized by the BPS. To be too conservative is to risk minimizing just those values that counselling psychology as a profession was set up to support. These are the values of humanism and subjectivity.

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