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Politicizing the person- centred approach: an agenda for social change

by Gillian Proctor, Mick Cooper, Pete Sanders and Beryl Malcolm PCCS Books
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This timely book explores the interface between the Person-Centred Approach and radical political theory and activity. Specifically, it explores the contribution that a critical analysis of social and political factors can make to the practice of person-centred therapy, and to examine the contribution that person-centred theory and practice can make to the wider sphere of socio-political theory and activity. An international collection of chapters offers critical analysis of the PCA and difference and diversity; class; culture and racism; sexuality; power and feminism. Other contributions present a range of work involving social change as a necessary and sufficient condition for therapeutic personality growth; emotional literacy; sociotherapy; work with refugees and asylum seekers; peace groups; ecopolitics and spirituality. ''Politicising the Person-Centred Approach'' is primarily aimed at practitioners and, to some extent, students, of the person-centred approach who have an interest in political issues and concerns, but will also be of interest to service users, practitioners and theorists in the field of critical psychiatry and critical psychology, who may be interested in developing the theoretical foundations of their work and expanding their theoretical and practical horizons.

1. Opening Remarks Gillian Proctor 2. Politics and Therapy: Mapping areas for consideration Pete Sanders The Politics of the PCA 3. First Change the World, or First Change Yourself? The Personal and the Political Revisited Clive Perrett 4. Is There a Political Imperative Inherent Within the Person-Centred Approach? Seamus Nash 5. Person-Centred Therapy and Time Limited Therapy Pauline MacDonald 6. Rethinking Person-Centred Therapy Khatidja Chantler 7. The Cultural Situatedness of Language Use in Person-Centred Training Rundeep Sembi 8. Personal Reflections on Training as a Person-Centred Counsellor Lois Peachey 9. Therapy: Opium for the masses or helps those who least need it? Gillian Proctor 10. Socialist Humanism: A progressive politics for the twenty-first century Mick Cooper 11. The Spectacular Self: Alienation as the lifestyle choice of the free world, endorsed by psychotherapists Pete Sanders 12. The Radical Humanism of Carl Rogers and Paulo Freire: Considering the person-centered approach as a form of conscientização Maureen O'Hara 13. Psychotherapy: The politics of liberation or collaboration? A career Critically Reviewed Dave Mearns Socio-political issues and the therapy relationship 14. Person-Centered Therapy with Children and Adolescent Victims of Poverty and Social Exclusion in Brazil Elizabeth Freire, Silvia Koller, Aline Piason, Renata B da Silva and Deborah Giacomelli 15. Not Just Naming the Injustice: counselling asylum seekers and refugees Jude Boyles 16. Disability, Multidimensionality and Love: The politics of a counselling relationship in Further Education Suzanne Keys 17. South Asian Women and Mental Health Services Kamer Shoaib 18. Person-Centred Therapy, Culture and Racism: Personal discoveries and adaptations Indu Khurana 19. White Counsellor Racial Identity: The unacknowledged, unknown, unaware aspect of self in relationship Colin Lago and Sheila Haugh 20. Clients' Experiences of How Perceived Differences in Social Class Between Counsellor and Client Affect the Therapeutic Relationship Jane Balmforth 21. The Person-Centred Approach: A vehicle for acknowledging and respecting women's voices Bea White Person-Centred Approach and Social Action 22. A Passion for Politics in Carl Rogers' Work and Approach Gay Barfield 23. Transformation in Transylvania Reinhold Stipsits 24. The Centre: A Person-Centred Project in Education Fiona Hall-Jenkins 25. Politicizing School Reform Through the Person-Centered Approach: Mandate and advocacy Jeffrey Corneluis-White and Randel Brown 26. Emotional Literacy and the Person-Centred Approach Mike Hough 27. What Does It Have To Do With Client-Centered Therapy? John K Wood 28. Taking Sides – Or Not? Rosemary Hopkins 29. A Personal View of How Activism is Relevant to the Person-Centred Approach Mae Boyd 30. Toward a Person-Centered Politics John Vasconcellos 31. Concluding Remarks Pete Sanders

Doing is a way of being, and 'Policizing the Person-Centred Approach' is not only a call to leave the ivory tower and contextualize the consulting room, it is an important step in helping practitioners to do so. It is a scholarly, fascinating, accessible and most stimulating call to social action'. Peter F Schmid, Person-centred therapist, co-director of the Austrian Institute for Person-Centred Studies.
Gillian Proctor is a Doctor in Clinical Psychology, currently working as part of the mental health therapy team for North Bradford Primary Care Trust and an honorary lecturer with the Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health at Bradford University, West Yorkshire, UK. Her particular interests are in ethics and power, resulting in her book ‘The Dynamics of Power in Counselling and Therapy: Ethics, politics and practice’. Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde and a UKCP-registered psychotherapist, whose work is informed by person-centred, existential, interpersonal and postmodern ideas. He has authored and co-authored many books on, amongst other things, existential therapy, relational depth, pluralism and research. Pete Sanders worked as a counsellor, trainer and supervisor for over 25 years. He retired from education to set up PCCS Books and continues to have an interest in the politics of mental health and following the developing theory and practice of client-centred therapy. He has authored, co-authored and edited around 20 books. Beryl Malcolm works in a Child/Adolescent mental health team and supervises trainee play therapists. She is particularly interested in ethnicity issues in counselling/therapy.