Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide

Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide

Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide

Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide

Synopsis

There are a bewildering number of counseling and psychotherapy courses on offer; yet often trainees are not fully aware of the implications of their choice of course for their time, finances and future career until they have already begun training. Choosing a Counselling or Psychotherapy Training: A Practical Guide takes the reader through all the stages of the therapeutic training path, looking at everything from starting a course to employment prospects. Informative and realistic this book includes: theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy; preparation for starting a course (costs and course content); qualifications, registration, accreditation and research; and careers in therapy.

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The Second World War changed our society, our beliefs and moral values; and the changes have accelerated over the past three decades. As a consequence, attitudes towards religion, men and women, marriage and the family, have been severely jolted and forced to shift.

Religion

Religion was the traditional containment for people’s spiritual and existential pain. a place of healing. the impact of the effects of a world war on so many people has caused us to question the role of religion. There have not been any answers, but there has been disenchantment with Judaeo-Christian teaching.

As people have turned away from religion, so counselling and psychotherapy have become a replacement: an inner searching. the need for spiritual healing has not decreased, but for many people going to a spiritual leader seems no longer a choice. the idea that God will resolve human pain has lost its potency. Trying to make meaning of life and suffering is seen by many as an inner, personal journey, a part of a cultural revolution that has become disconnected from religion.

Changing roles of men and women

The feminist movement has been instrumental in making society look questioningly at the traditional roles for men and women. These roles, together with our expectations of ourselves, have changed radically. Role models and messages that have been passed on to us are being redefined and adapted to the fast-changing world we live in. Nowhere is

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