All counsellors are compelled to take account of the diverse society in which they practice and to inform themselves of best practice with all client groups. This book provides a contemporary psychodynamic perspective on difference and diversity to bring practitioners up to date with current thinking when faced with a client who is in some way 'different'. References to race, culture or disability in classical psychoanalytic literature are few. In a society that embraces diversity and seeks to afford equality for all, theories of male and female identity development need revisiting. Older people make up a large proportion of the population and religious beliefs make headline news, but psychodynamic perspectives on clinical work with such groups are limited. Indeed, the social context of the twenty first century, that provides the backdrop for the hopes, fears and aspirations of our clients, warrants attention, as people and organisations are shaped by the social systems that prevail.
In the past decade equal opportunities legislation and the need to be proactive in thinking about diversity has begun to make its mark. Complacency is no longer tolerated. This book is essential reading for counsellors and psychotherapists in training and for experienced practitioners whose continuous professional development will be enhanced by re-evaluating how diversity affects their practice.
Table of Contents:
PART 1: SOCIAL CONTEXT AND SOCIETY
Thinking Psychodynamically About Diversity
Psychodynamic Counselling, Knowledge and the Social Context
PART 2: GENDER AND SEXUALITY
Psychodynamic Counselling and Gender
Psychodynamic Counselling and Sexual Orientation
Female Counsellor, Male Client; Counselling across Gender
PART 3: DISABILITY AND OLD AGE
Counselling People with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses: A Psychodynamic Approach
No Words to Say It: Psychodynamic Counselling When Language is Absent or Impaired
Psychodynamic Counselling with Older People
PART 4: RACE CULTURE AND RELIGION
Psychodynamic Counselling, 'Race' and Culture
Psychodynamic Counselling and Class
Psychodynamic Counselling, Religion and Spirituality
About the Editor:
Sue Wheeler has been a Counsellor and Psychotherapist in several settings over the last 30 years. She has also been training counsellors and psychotherapists for most of those years, and is now the Director of the Counselling Psychotherapy Programme at the University of Leicester, UK. She is the author of many articles in processional and refereed journals and has contributed to many chapters in books on counselling and supervision. She is the sole author of Training Counsellors: The Assessment of Competence, the joint author with Janice Birtle of Personal Tutoring in Higher Education and with David King of Supervising Counsellors: Issues of Responsibility. Her doctorate addressed the professionalization of counselling and the continuing professional development needs of counsellors and therapists. She has had numerous positions of BACP committees and remains committed to the development of counselling as a profession.