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Self-Injury and Young People: Untangling the myths and weaving helpful responses -  Kay Inckle

Self-Injury and Young People: Untangling the myths and weaving helpful responses -  Kay Inckle

This article by Dr Kay Inckle looks at Self-Injury and Young People and untangles the myths and offers helpful resources to respond. The following scenario and discussion sets out some of the key issues for counsellors and therapists working with young people who self-injure. The characters portrayed in the scenario are composites1. Composite characters are drawn from the experiences of a number of individuals such that real-life issues and dilemmas can be portrayed without compromising the confidentiality or anonymity of any one person (see Inckle, 2010).

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The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health

Mental Health and the Person-Centred Approach - Stephen Joseph Over recent decades the person-centred approach has become a major force in the world of counselling and psychotherapy. Yet the person-centred approach to understanding distress and dysfunction has been overlooked within mainstream mental health services. In the first edition, Richard Worsley and I speculated that perhaps this was the result of the false belief held by many psychologists and psychiatrists that person-centred therapy is a good idea for the worried well, but that serious mental health problems should be left to the truly competent. There is, of course, a self-fulfilling prophecy to this. As the person-centred movement becomes marginalised within the National Health Service (NHS) because of these beliefs, training courses struggle to provide placements and supervision for trainees to work with clients with serious problems. It thus becomes the case that person-centred practitioners are often ill-equipped to work with anyone but the worried well, at least in the eyes of these other professionals.

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