Person-Centred Practice: Case Studies in Positive Psychology

Person-Centred Practice: Case Studies in Positive Psychology


Edited by Stephen Joseph, Edited by Richard Worsley

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  • Publisher: Pccs Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 23 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Manchester
  • ISBN 10: 1898059950
  • ISBN 13: 9781898059950
  • Sales rank: 482,655

Product description

Follow-up volume to the best-selling, critically acclaimed "Person-Centred Psychopathology", "Person-Centred Practice: Case Studies in Positive Psychology" takes forward the work of the previous volume by rooting the theory of that volume in the practice of internationally renowned practitioners and scholars. The book demonstrates that person-centred theory has real depth in its ability to address the distress of challenging client groups.Case studies show how mature practitioners engage with a range of issues in psychopathology: eating disorders, post-natal and maternal distress, childhood sexual abuse, long-term depression and its existential components, issues of spirituality, psychotic functioning and loss of psychological contact. There is a focus on the first-person voice of three clients and reflections on training by a clinical psychologist. Two case studies look at the political and social aspects of therapy. There is an analysis of a previously unpublished interview with Gina by Carl Rogers, a paper on models for understanding hallucinations, and a chapter on assessment instruments which are congruent with person-centred practice.This book builds bridges between counselling theory and practice, as well as between person-centred therapy and the new and important discipline of positive psychology.

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Author information

Stephen Joseph is at the University of Nottingham, where he is Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care in the Centre for Trauma, Resilience, and Growth (CTRG). He is a chartered health psychologist, and member of the British Psychological Society's Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy with interests in trauma and adversity. He specialises in positive psychology.Richard Worsley has worked for a number of years as a person-centred counsellor, supervisor and trainer. He is also an Anglican priest. He has a particular interests in process in therapy, in spirituality, in philosophy and therapy, and in therapeutic groups. Richard works at the University of Warwick as a staff and student counsellor. In experiencing high-volume work with people with a wide range of presenting distress, he is even more convinced that people are unique, and process their experience in unique and creative ways.

Review quote

The chapters in this volume are brief and yet permeated with relevant research, articulate arguments, and personal accounts (where appropriate) which I found to be very much in keeping with the abandonment of any power-focused adoption of a detached 'expert stance'. The book constitutes a sound and varied addition to existing person-centred literature. Eoin O'Shea, Counselling Psychologist, senior researcher with the National Suicide Research Foundation, Ireland

Table of contents

INTRODUCTIONS 1. Case Studies and Positive Psychology. Richard Worsley & Stephen Joseph 2. Coming Full-circle: Adopting and relinquishing the expert stance as a clinical psychologist. Alex Payne FIRST-PERSON VOICES 3. A Person-Centred Response to Eating Disorders: a personal experience. Matthew Campling 4. From Both Sides: The experience of therapy. Gillian Proctor & Ann Regan 5. Surviving Social Disadvantage: A testimony to courage. Tracey Sanders & June O'Brien THEMES AND PERSPECTIVES 6. Loss, Love and Maternal Distress. Elaine Catterall 7. The Barney-bag: A tacit variable in the therapeutic relationship. Jerold D. Bozarth & Ann Glauser 8. Recovering from Childhood Sexual Abuse: Dissociative processing. Jan Hawkins 9. Diagnosis, Stuckness and Encounter: Existential meaning in long-term depression. Richard Worsley. 10. Derailment of a Spiritual Quest: The case of Hans Sievez. Martin van Kalmthout 11. The Art of Psychological Contact: The psychotherapy of a mentally retarded psychotic client. Barbara Krietemeyer & Garry Prouty 12. The Falling Man: Pre-Therapy applied to somatic hallucinating. Dion van Werde. 13. Luke's Process: A positive view of schizophrenic thought disorder. Margaret S. Warner. ON FURTHER REFLECTION 14. 'I want to make sure that I'm understanding you': The impact of the non-directive attitude in Carl Rogers' demonstration interview with Gina. Brian E. Levitt 15. The Hallucination as the Unconscious Self. Garry Prouty 16. In Place of the Medical Model: Person-centred alternatives to the medicalisation of distress. Pete Sanders 17. Outcome Measurement in Person-Centred Practice. Thomas G. Patterson & Stephen Joseph. IN CONCLUSION 18. Person-Centred Practice and Positive Psychology: Crossing the bridges between disciplines. Stephen Joseph & Richard Worsley.