The Purpose of Counselling and Psychotheraphy

The Purpose of Counselling and Psychotheraphy

by Michael Bennett
     
 

What is the purpose of counseling and psychotherapy? Michael Bennett argues that the theory and practice of these fields have failed to live up to their therapeutic and social/political promise. An increased concern with professionalization and other issues has left them increasingly divorced from any sense of purpose—moral, ethical, social or political.

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What is the purpose of counseling and psychotherapy? Michael Bennett argues that the theory and practice of these fields have failed to live up to their therapeutic and social/political promise. An increased concern with professionalization and other issues has left them increasingly divorced from any sense of purpose—moral, ethical, social or political. Bennett develops a plausible and rigorous philosophical foundation for defining the purpose of counseling and psychotherapy and then embarks on a critical analysis of their therapeutic and political practice. This book is unique in opening up the field of counseling to rational debate, rather than assuming certain values without making transparent where these values come from and showing why they are valid. Bennett situates counseling in a context of postmodern, poststructuralist and critical theory, thereby opening up this very closed world to new ideas and theories.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403935960
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/17/2004
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.62(d)

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