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Implausible Professions: Arguments for Pluralism and Autonomy in Psychotherapy and Counselling 2ed

by Richard House and Nick Totton PCCS Books
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Pbk 388 pages
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Since the first edition in 1997 the shadow of possible state regulation has loomed ever larger over the psychotherapy and counselling landscape. This book confronts many of the most taken-for-granted assumptions on which the professionalisation and commodification of psychotherapy and counselling are based. An essential reader and key ‘counter-text’ for all trainings and courses that embrace critical, progressive ideas, and wish to interrogate the professional pretentions of psychological practice.

Introduction to extended second edition
Introduction to first edition
I The Dynamics of Professionalisation
The politics of transference, John Heron
In the shadow of accreditation, David Wasdell
Too vulnerable to choose?, Richard Mowbray
Reflections on fear and love in accreditation, Robin Shohet
The dynamics of counselling research: a critical view, Richard House
'Audit-mindedness' in counselling, Richard House
A case to answer, Richard Mowbray
II Challenging the Basis of Professionalisation
The myth of therapist expertise, Katharine Mair
Training: a guarantee of competence? Richard House
Inputs and outcomes: the medical model and professionalisation, Nick Totton
Challenging the core theoretical model, Colin Feltham
Not just a job: psychotherapy as a spiritual and political practice, Nick Totton
III From Professionalisation to Pluralism
The accountable psychotherapist: standards, experts and poisoning the well, Brian Thorne
Counselling in the UK: jungle, garden or monoculture? Denis Postle
Psychotherapy and tragedy, David Smail
The making of a therapist and the corruption of the training market, Guy Gladstone
Uncovering the mirror: our evolving personal relationship with accreditation, Sue Hatfield &
Cal Cannon
IV Philosophy of Pluralism and Self/Peer Regulation
Pluralism and psychotherapy: what is a good training? Andrew Samuels
The teaching of psychotherapy, Peter Lomas
Therapy in New Paradigm perspective: the phenomenon of Georg Groddeck, Richard House
A self-generating practitioner community, John Heron
V Pluralism and Self-Regulation in Practice
Practitioner development through self-direction: The South West London College counselling courses,
Val Blomfield
Developing self-determination: self and peer assessment and accreditation at the Institute for the
Development of Human Potential, Michael Eales
The diploma in counselling at the University of East Anglia, Michael McMillan &
Catherine Hayes
Assessment tension on a university-based counselling training course course, Jill Davies
The Independent Practitioners Network: a new model of accountability, Nick Totton
Self and peer assessment: a personal story, Juliet Lamont & Annie Spencer
Stepping off the 'Game Board': a new practitioner's view of accreditation, Marion Hall
Learning by mistake: client–practitioner conflict in a self-regulated network, Nick Totton
Participatory ethics in a self-generating practitioner community, Richard House
Conclusion to first edition
Conclustion to second extended edition

''The price of the book is worth it for the wisdom of the Introduction let alone the other thoughtful pieces in where and how we – who seek to understand people – have moved forward. Read it.'' Susie Orbach, author of Fat Is A Feminist Issue (1982) and Bodies: Big Ideas (2009)

''An excellent book that shows the astonishing diversity of therapeutic practice and makes clear why the field cannot be regulated by the state without losing its soul. An invaluable book in today’s climate of control.'' Paul Gordon, Chair of the Philadelphia Association and author of The Hope of Therapy
and An Uneasy Dwelling
Richard House, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Roehampton University. His books include In, Against and Beyond Therapy (PCCS Books, 2010), Therapy
Beyond Modernity (Karnac, 2003), Against and For CBT (co-editor Del Loewenthal, PCCS Books, 2008) and Childhood, Well-being and a Therapeutic thos (co-editor Del Loewenthal, Karnac, 2009). Richard is a co-founder of the Independent
Practitioners Network, in which he has participated since 1995, and of the Alliance for Counselling and Psychotherapy Against State Regulation.

Nick Totton is a therapist and trainer with over 25 years’ experience. Originally a Reichian body therapist, his approach has become broad based and open to the spontaneous and unexpected. He has an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and has
worked with Process Oriented Psychology and trained as a craniosacral therapist. He has written or edited twelve books, including Body Psychotherapy: An Introduction; Psychotherapy and Politics; Press When Illuminated: New and Selected Poems; and Wild Therapy.