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An expanded and updated second edition of Person-Centred Psychopathology
First published in 2005, and now extensively updated and with a new title, The Handbook of Person-Centred Therapy and Mental Health challenges the use of psychiatric diagnoses and makes a powerful case for the effectiveness of person-centred approaches as the alternative way to work with people who would otherwise be diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. This second edition captures the significant changes in recent years in how mental health and ill health is conceptualised and understood and how mental health care is delivered. It demonstrates how the person-centred approach can help occupy the space that is opening up as mental health professionals look for alternatives to the medical model and argues for collaborative working with these fellow mental health professionals.
Contributors from across the fields of research, policy-making and practice discuss the tensions between the person-centred approach and the dominant medical model.
• They demonstrate how Rogers’ theories of personality and the actualising process are able to provide a model of human functioning that is relevant not just to counselling but to all mental health professions, and to the social sciences.
• They give examples of how the person-centred approach is being applied successfully in practice (and evaluated).
• They offer personal testament to the challenges of working in a person-centred way within mainstream contexts, and review the vibrant political and professional divisions and arguments that continue to inform thinking and practice today.
New chapters examine the influence of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in England, and how researchers are successfully overcoming the challenge of evaluating the effectiveness of person-centred approaches to severe mental distress.
‘For the purist, the reformer, the pragmatist and all those working in psychiatric services, this book offers an illuminating path to the practice of a humane and truly person-centred approach to the problems so many people suffer from in the 21st century. This text is a must-have for the bookshelf of every therapist and mental health professional.’
Stephen Paul, psychotherapist, past Director of the Centre for Psychological Therapies, Leeds Metropolitan (now Beckett) University. stephen-paul.co.uk
‘The person-centred point of view has something important and unique to offer to both the understanding of psychopathology and the practice of therapy... This book does a marvellous job of spelling this out and bringing person-centred theory up to date.’
Art Bohart, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Dominguez Hills
‘As we seem to slip more into a culture that pathogises every aspect of human experience, this book is not only welcome but essential... This is an incredibly invaluable handbook that helps us question what increasingly seems to be the unquestionable.’
Dr Andrew Reeves, counsellor/psychotherapist, senior lecturer and writer
The first edition of this book vigorously challenged mainstream perceptions of the person-centred approach by presenting detailed accounts of the application of person-centred theory, ethics and practice when working with people experiencing severe psychological distress within a range of contexts. In this substantially revised, expanded and updated second edition, Stephen Joseph and his contributing authors have paid close attention to maintaining its relevance as an inspiring, accessible and research-aware resource, not only for those already committed to this approach but also for those who are seeking an alternative to the dominant medical model. It is essential reading for practitioners and students in the counselling and psychotherapy arena, and those working in the wider mental health field.
Susan Stephen MSc, Diploma Courses Leader, University of Strathclyde
Praise for the first edition:
This important book goes a long way towards building a bridge between the worldview of the client-centred therapist and that of a practitioner grounded in the so-called ‘medical model’. From various conceptual frames to a novel way of seeing one’s collaborative role, Person-Centred Psychopathology uses both broad brush-strokes and detailed consideration of the multiple issues to paint a picture of a profession that can be both collaborative and mutually-respectful. Whether you are a practitioner who wishes to form a balanced ‘narrative’ about the profession’s shared goals or a sceptical observer who finds the ‘multiple perspectives’ worldview hard to swallow, this book is for you. Providing the reader with well-articulated conceptualisations of internationally-renowned person-centred thinkers, this multi-contributor reference gives a solid and balanced overview which is of increasing relevance to the profession. Max Eames, Psychotherapist and Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of East London’s School of Psychology, March 2016.
I had the sense upon beginning it [Person-Centred Psychopathology: a positive psychology of mental health] that this was an important book. Upon completing it, I am convinced ... To anyone who has not read this yet, I do encourage you to seek it out ... Brian E. Levitt, Psy.D., C.Psych. is a senior psychologist with Kaplan and Kaplan Psychologists in Hamilton, Ontario.
This is a ground-breaking book for the whole future of person-centred theory and practice ... I strongly recommend this book. Val Simanowitz, Counsellor & Supervisor. Therapy Today, December 2005.
This innovative and refreshing book examines the role of positive psychology and person-centred therapeutic approaches for people with wide-ranging mental health problems ... I would highly recommend this book to any professional currently providing therapeutic services in mental health... Helen Liebling, Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University. JCPCP 5.4 2005.