The July issue features the following articles...
The limits of neuroscience
The neuroscientific lens reveals only a partial image that does not capture the complex causes of mental distress, and it is an image that reinforces the biomedical model, warns Kenneth J Gergen. It fails to recognise the importance of the histories and contexts of our lives, the impact of experience and the plasticity of the human brain.
Ordinary conversations that bring together members of alienated and excluded communities may prove more therapeutic than 50 minutes of one-to-one counselling, argues Colin Berry; counsellors could act as important catalysts and facilitators by enabling these community conversations.
Self-care in hospice work
Working with dying, death and bereavement requires the counsellor to draw deeply on their personal and professional resources; working at the end of life can tempt them to breach the boundaries of what they know to be safe practice. Self-care is vital in the face of vicarious trauma, warns Val Humphreys, for the counsellor’s sake and the sake of their clients.
Race and supervision
Too often race and cultural differences are overlooked in supervision, argues Charles Brown. Drawing on his own clinical experience as a supervisor, he describes how counsellors’ race-related dissonances with clients can be explored safely and creatively in group supervision, and the resulting benefits for direct client work.
Setting up a co-operative
When Justine Gore-Smith was, with four colleagues, made redundant by their local council, they launched a counselling co-operative. They have, in three and a half years, established a thriving business – far more rapidly than they expected and here she describes the process, why they chose this model and why it works for them and their clients.