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In, Against and Beyond Therapy assembles some 15 years of updated critical writings within the broad therapy field, with incisively provocative commentaries on the professionalisation process, the client voice, therapeutic education and training, and research. For practitioners who are highly sceptical about the beneficence of the state regulation of the psychological therapies, this book promises to be a rallying-point for the development of a 'post-professional' therapy culture. It will be indispensable reading for critical psychologists, and for therapists of all persuasions and modalities who value critical thinking and challenge, and who welcome the opportunity to step outside of therapy's conventional, taken-for-granted 'regimes of truth'.
Foreword by Denis Postle
Introduction: Mapping a journey towards a ‘post-therapy era’
Part I: Intimation of disquiet about ‘Professionalised Therapy’
1. The Be-Coming of a Therapist: Experiential learning, self-education and the personal/professional nexus
2. The Unmasking of the Pathologising Mentality: A review essay
3. The Place of Psychotherapy and Counselling in a Healthy European Social Order: A commentary on Tantam and van Deurzen
4. Therapy on the Couch? – A client scrutinises the therapy phenomenon: A review essay
5. Welcoming the Client-Voice Movement
Part II: Emergent Postmodern and ‘New Paradigm’ perspectives
6. Limits to Counselling and Therapy: Deconstructing a professional ideology
7. Deconstruction, Post-(?)-modernism and the Future of Psychotherapy: A review essay
8. Therapy and Postmodernist Thought: Martin Heidegger’s relevance
to therapy and traumatic experience: A review essay
9. Taking Therapy Beyond Modernity? The promise and limitations of a Levinasian understanding
10. ‘Psychopathology’, ‘Psychosis’ and the Kundalini: Postmodern perspectives on unusual subjective experience
11. Therapy’s Modernist ‘Regime of Truth’: From scientistic ‘theorymindedness’ towards the subtle and the mysterious
12. Towards a New Spiritual Psychology? Integrating Carl Jung and Rudolf Steiner: A review essay
Part III: Direct Challenges to the professionalisation of Counselling and Psychotherapy
13. Mowbray Distilled: A summary of his The Case Against Psychotherapy Registration
14. Ahead of His Time: Carl Rogers on ‘professionalism’, 1973
15. Unconsciously Generating Inevitability? Workable accountability alternatives to the statutory regulation of the psychological therapies [with Denis Postle]
16. An Unqualified Good: The Independent Practitioners Network as a path through and beyond professionalization
Par IV: Radical ‘Trans Modern’ perspectives on Training and Research
17. The Future of Training in Therapy and Counselling: ‘Trans-modern’ Perspectives
18. Research in a New Key: Towards ‘new paradigm’ methodology: A review essay
19. Empirically Supported/Validated Treatments as Modernist Ideology: Alternative perspectives on research and practice [with Arthur C. Bohart]
20. Research Beyond Modernity? Deconstructing the very idea of ‘research’: An extended review essay
Part V: Making what we want: Towards Practionership in a Post-Therapy Era
21. Intimations Towards a ‘Post-Professional’ Era: The pioneering genius of Georg Groddeck, 1866–1934
22. From Professionalisation Towards a Post-Therapy Era
23.Transforming Commodified Supervision into Peer Support
24. Towards Post-Professional Practice: Principled non-compliant practitionership in a post-regulation era
CONCLUSION: Preparing the ground for cultivating a new post-therapy culture
Brilliant and passionate critique of contemporary 'professionised' therapy form, ie. counselling and psychotherapy as they are currently practiced in the mainstream. This is an intelligent and carefully-argued and fearless articulation of a vision of what might be possible in the future. It represents an attempt to re-claim healing work from the dead-hand of modernity. For me, it is a breath of fresh air and undoubtedly one of the most important works to emerge in the therapy literature for a very long time. It deserves to be taken very seriously by the therapy profession. Amazon reviewer, June 2013.
And this, it seems to me, is House's final message: there are other ways of working with ourselves and our clients than those currently being privileged by the medical model of therapy, and the proponents of credentialised regulation. It is incumbent on those of us who hold a questioning stance towards that paradigm that we open up other real spaces and possibilities in the world. And the reason it feels to me that this book is of genuine importance and urgency is that in reading it, I feel in the presence of a thoughtful and inspiring ally in the work of living as a practitioner committed to human potential and growth. Neill Thew, Self and Society, Winter 2010.
In conclusion, this book is a resource and a compendium of important issues. The central message is well summarised by C.G. Jung: 'learn your theories as well as you can, but put them aside when you touch the miracle of the living soul' (quoted by House p.279). Isabel Clarke, Network Review of the Scientific Network, January 2011.
Counselling and psychotherapy certainly need prophetic voices at this critical time if they are to remain beacons of hope in a frenetic world. Richard House has been an indefatigable prophet for many years and here we have some of his bravest and most provocative contributions. Brian Thorne, Emeritus Professor of Counselling, University of East Anglia and Co-founder of the Norwich Centre
In this panoramic view of the state of therapy today that, unusually, has a view of the world outside therapy, Richard House writes with energy and purpose, providing us with arguments and reflections that are a delight to read. Professor Ian Parker, Discourse Unit, Manchester Metropolitan University
No-one personally located within a mainstream professional organisation, whether an umbrella body like UKCP or a smaller training body, should ignore this book. Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex
I recommend this book unreservedly to practitioners of every persuasion as an invigorating, transforming deconstruction of the prevailing assumptions of their role. John Heron, Co-initiator, South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry
Personally I have to say that I find the book fascinating, and an excellent source of the required information that more than meets my personal requirements … There's a broad range of views included, and I feel that whether it be for someone with either a personal and/or professional interest in current CBT research and theory, or someone like myself who needs access to such information to incorporate into their academic pursuits, the book is well worth a purchase.