By Alex Howard
A transparent, readable, radical problem to the principles of remedy. The author's final objective isn't really counselling, however the abuse of professionalisation and our present deity - consumerism. the variety, ardour and intensity of the dialogue will allure the overall reader and a large variety of carers and consumers. The questions raised should still make it needed interpreting for practitioners and their supervisors. Which faculties of counselling will upward push to the problem? to be able to fail, and fall?
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Professionals can, at least, try to make it easier for clients to bring a case against a counsellor. This is important because clients are generally very reluctant to complain about sexual abuse. They fear publicity, counteraccusations, social stigma and the restimulation of traumatic emotions. They are also likely to feel guilt and self-blame, especially if they have grown attached to their counsellor and have had sexual feelings stirred. Many ingredients for mutual sexual attraction are present in a counselling setting: confidentiality, privacy, emotional intensity and intimacy, sharing of important hopes, fears and feelings, physical proximity and regular contact.
Essentially it is a kind of 'aerosol' to be sprayed on deteriorating relationships and traumatised individuals to deodorise and humanise them. (Adapted from John Bennington's definition of 'community') In the beginning was the word, and the word was counselling, and there arose many prophets willing to interpret the word, but few to deny its veracity. So counselling became a self-fulfilling prophecy, for its tenets were not written down on tablets of stone nor handed down from on high. And since no one knew what counselling or psychotherapy meant as separate creeds, when they were joined together their offspring multiplied exceedingly, offering diverse avenues to salvation.
If professionals want to convert from 'counselling' to 'counselling psychology', or from psychiatric social work to clinical psychology, they will have to start allover again, from the bottom of the career ladder. In the UK, the AGCP lead body is trying to encourage lateral career movement among candidates who can demonstrate the necessary skills and experience. They face enormous (covert) resistance from the professions concerned. Different care professions offer anyone of a smorgasbord of therapies: practitioners at one centre may be transactional analysts, while at another the medical staff may favour a psychoanalytic approach, whereas the social workers opt for behavioural skills training or clientcentred counselling.
Challenges to Counselling and Psychotherapy by Alex Howard