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Person-Centred Practice: Case studies in positive psychology

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Follow-up volume to the best-selling, critically acclaimed Person-Centred PsychopathologyPerson-Centred Practice: Case studies in positive psychology takes forward the work of the previous volume by rooting the theory 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 There is an analysis of a previously unpublished interview with Gina by Carl Rogers, a paper on models for understanding hallucinations, and a chapter on assessment instruments which are congruent with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 important discipline of positive psychology.



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

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

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.

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.

18. Person-Centred Practice and Positive Psychology: Crossing the bridges between disciplines. Stephen Joseph & Richard Worsley.

This rich and diverse volume of case studies is a follow-up to the authors' Person-Centred Psychopathology (2005) ... The content and arrangement of the book make it a valuable resource for all readers and particularly those working in a person-centred way.  Sara Bartlett, Counsellor reviewed in Therapy Today, March 2008.

There are a number of points making this volume stand out from other books on this topic area ... This book has exceeded my expectations ... Fiona Burns reviewed in Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 9(4) Winter 2009.

Richard Worsley

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 worked for ten years 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. He has since 2013 worked as a priest in a rural benefice.

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Stephen Joseph

Stephen Joseph PhD is at the University of Nottingham, where he is Professor of Psychology, Health and Social Care and the Convenor of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Cluster in the School of Education. He is an HCPC-registered health and counselling psychologist and Senior Practitioner member of the British Psychological Society’s Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy.

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