Counselling, Class and Politics: undeclared influences in therapy
First published in 1996, Anne Kearney’s ground-breaking book on class in counselling and its invisibility within the training curriculum and the counselling relationship is reissued here with new commentaries from practitioners, clients and educationalists writing today.
Anne died before she could start work on a planned revision of her text. But how much has really changed? Her motivation, back in 1996, ‘to persuade readers to the view that politics and political ideas matter in counselling’ is just as powerful today. So too is her driving belief that counselling training, regulation and awareness in general too often fails to acknowledge the political environment that practitioners and their clients inhabit and its influence on the counselling relationship. Anne’s book, accessible, unashamedly unapologetic and searching in the questions it asks of readers, is still a vibrant, challenging text for any student, practitioner or trainer today.
Foreword to second edition: Anne Kearney’s family
Introduction to second edition: Gillian Proctor
Foreword to first edition: Ann Roberts and Pauline Edwards
Chapter 1 Counselling and ideology
Chapter 2 Social stratification
Chapter 3 Social class and counselling
Chapter 4 Poverty, class and counselling
Chapter 5 Political socialisation and counselling
Chapter 6 Rogerian counselling and politics
Chapter 7 The role of the counsellor: whose side are we on?
Chapter 8 On becoming respectable: regulation, professionalisation and accreditation
References and further reading
‘... one gasp of fresh air amid the stifling pollution of this changing world... The book’s challenging but ultimately hopeful message is as important now as when it was first published, perhaps more so. Inhale deeply.’
Andy Rogers, counselling service co-ordinator in further and higher education
‘I have frequently heard class dismissed as no longer important... I find class as relevant today as I did in the 1990s. This new edition of Anne Kearney’s book has a major contribution to make to the debate.’
Liz Ballinger, counselling MA programme director, University of Manchester