It has long been understood that engendering 'hope' is at the heart of the very aims and motivations of counselling, but until now, little attempt has been made to actually explain how and why it may be fostered.
Keeping theory firmly grounded in real-life practice, coupled with insights and tools for developing practitioner research and reflexivity, this practical book explores the nature of hope and how it can be defined as a central dimension of healing and personal growth.
Key content includes:
- Understanding the nature of hope and how it is conceptualised from different theoretical perspectives.
- Identifying common psychotherapeutic practices which engender hope and how they translate into effective practice
- The role of the counsellor and how they are intricately involved in the process
- How to manage expectations and work effectively with clients suffering with severe and enduring psychological challenges
- Hope measures and how to be a research informed practitioner.
Packed full of case examples, practical exercise and points for reflection, this book will prove essential reading for any training or practising health care professional looking to understand hope in the process of change.
About the author Preface Acknowledgements PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF HOPE Introducing Hope Theoretical Perspectives on Hope The Emergence of Hope in the Literature of the Helping Professions How Different Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy Encourage Hope Despair and Anxiety as Loss of Hope PART TWO: THE PRACTICE OF HOPE The Therapist's Hope Hope in Therapy: Practical Strategies Hope for Those with Severe and Enduring Psychological Challenges PART THREE: THE RESEARCH-INFORMED PRACTITIONER Research, Theory, and Practice Hope Measures and Psychotherapy Research Conclusion Appendix References Index
'In a period where short-term, deterministic approaches to mental health seem favoured, O'Hara's Hope In Counselling represents an important, major contribution to the literature of several professions. Presenting an account both rich and broad, the author provides a summary and overview of 'hope' from philosophical, nursing, psychotherapeutic and research perspectives. Of particular importance is his emphasis on going beyond a disease-based model of health, , to place 'hope' within a positive psychological framework. His exploration of the expression and extent to which it is contained within the theory of many different psychotherapeutic approaches makes this book particularly valuable' -
Ian Townsend, Associate Lecturer, Counselling, University Centre, Blackburn College
Denis O'Hara is Programme Leader of the Post Graduate Diploma and MSc in Counselling, University of Abertay Dundee