First published in 2005, and now extensively updated and retitled, The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health makes a powerful case for the acceptability and effectiveness of person-centred approaches to working with people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses, such as psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and also for working collaboratively with mental health practitioners who come to the work from a medical-model perspective. This updated second edition captures the significant changes in recent years in how mental health and ill health is conceptualised and understood, and in how mental health care is delivered.
Contributors from across the fields of research, policy-making and practice discuss the tensions between the person-centred approach and the dominant medical model.
• They demonstrate how Rogers’ theories of personality and the actualising process are able to provide a model human functioning that is relevant not just to counselling but to all mental health professions, and to the social sciences.
• They give examples of how the person-centred approach is being applied successfully in practice (and evaluated).
• They offer personal testament to the challenges of working in a person-centred way within mainstream contexts, and review the vibrant political and professional divisions and arguments that continue to inform thinking and practice today.
New chapters examine the influence of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in England, and how researchers are successfully overcoming the challenge of evaluating the effectiveness of person-centred approaches to severe mental illness.
Section I: Introductions
Chapter 1. Mental health and the person-centred approach – Stephen Joseph
Chapter 2. Principled and strategic opposition to the medicalisation of distress and all its apparatus – Pete Sanders
Section II: Theory
Chapter 3. Person-centred theory and ‘mental illness’ – Paul Wilkins
Chapter 4. From self-objectification to self-affirmation: the ‘I-Me’ and ‘I-Self’ relation stances – Mick Cooper
Chapter 5. Authenticity and alienation: towards an understanding of the person beyond the categories of order and disorder – Peter F Schmid
Chapter 6. A person-centred view of human nature, wellness and psychopathology – Margaret S Warner
Chapter 7. The complementarity between client-centred therapy and psychiatry: the theory and the practice – Lisbeth Sommerbeck
Chapter 8. Assessment and ‘diagnosis’ in person-centred therapy – Paul Wilkins
Chapter 9. The concept of evil as a key to the therapist’s use of the self – Richard Worsley
Chapter 10. A person-centred perspective on diagnosis and psychopathology in relation to minority identity, culture and ethnicity – Colin Lago
Chapter 11. Using attachment theory in person-centred therapy – Emma Tickle and Stephen Joseph
Section III Contexts
Chapter 12. Facing psychotic functioning: person-centred contact work in residential psychiatric care – Dion van Werde
Chapter 13. From patient to person: how person-centred theory values and understands unusual experiences – Kirshen Rundle
Chapter 14. Understanding post-traumatic stress from the person-centred perspective – Stephen Joseph
Chapter 15. Working with maternal depression: client-centred therapy as part of a multidisciplinary approach – Elaine Catterall
Chapter 16. Living with pain: mental health and the legacy of childhood abuse – Jan Hawkins
Chapter 17. Nine considerations concerning psychotherapy and the care for people ‘with special needs’ – Marlis Pörtner
Chapter 18. Children and the autism spectrum: person-centred approaches – Jacky Knibbs and Anja Rutten
Chapter 19. Clinical psychology and the person-centred approach: an uncomfortable fit? – Gillian Proctor
Chapter 20. Towards a person-centred psychiatry – Rachel Freeth
Chapter 21. Person-centred therapy and the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK – Andy Rogers and David Murphy
Section IV: Research
Chapter 22. Searching for the core: the interface of client-centered principles with other therapies – Jerold D Bozarth and Noriko Motomasa
Chapter 23. Client-centered values limit the application of research findings: an issue for discussion – Barbara T Brodley
Chapter 24. An evaluation of research, concepts and experiences pertaining to the universality of client-centred therapy and its application in psychiatric settings – Lisbeth Sommerbeck
Chapter 25. Small-scale research as personal development for mental health professionals – Richard Worsley
Chapter 26. Assessing efficacy and effectiveness in person-centred therapy: challenges and opportunities – Tom G Patterson
Section V: Conclusion
Chapter 27. Taking stock of the person-centred approach and moving forward – Stephen Joseph
About the Editor:
Stephen Joseph PhD is Professor of Psychology, Health & Social Care at the University of Nottingham, where he is convenor of the counselling and psychotherapy teaching cluster. Stephen is a senior practitioner member of the British Psychological Society Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy and an HCPC-registered health and counselling psychologist. He has research interests in positive psychology and is the editor of Positive Psychology in Practice: promoting human flourishing in work, health, education, and everyday life (Wiley, 2004; 2nd edition 2015). His most recent book is Authentic: how to be yourself and why it matters (Piatkus, 2016).