Counselling and the Life Course (Professional Skills for by Leonie Sugarman

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By Leonie Sugarman

`Essential interpreting for pupil, fledgling and skilled counsellors alike' - Mark Edwards, Nurturing Potential

`Beautifully written and good researched and whole of important established workout for therapists and consumers, it is a mix of psychology textbook and counselling instruction manual - theoretical a, but useful' - Healthcare Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

Counselling and the existence direction introduces counsellors to the concept that of the lifestyles direction as a multidimensional and multidisciplinary framework for considering consumers' lives inside and past the counselling environment. It goals to offer counsellors an realizing of human improvement, and the way it affects essentially upon their paintings with consumers.

The e-book engages with the stress among, at the one hand, spotting age and existence level as very important dimensions of distinction, and at the different, averting the pitfalls of age stereotyping and ageist discrimination. whilst, Counselling and the existence Course indicates how the concept that of the existence path can be utilized as a framework for contemplating the commonalities among assorted existence phases. this gives a spotlight for counsellors of ways to attract on their latest talents and services while operating with consumers of a distinct age and existence degree to these with whom they often meet. The impression of either counsellor and shopper age at the counselling courting can be thought of.

The publication comprises an `Activity path' of dependent workouts so one can inspire mirrored image at the recommendations mentioned and their relevance to consumers, the readers themselves, and their counselling perform.

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Clients? settings? achievements? aspirations? concerns? Will I be a better counsellor? How will I know? As a follow-up to this activity – and linking back to Activity 1: Metaphors of the life course, and forward to Chapter 5: Life stories – you might think about the different ways that you could tell the story of your career: First, imagine you are telling your story to a close friend you have not seen for a long time – a person, who, in the past, you shared confidences with, who you trust, and who you feel knows you well.

Children’s dependence on carers (generally family members) and others (such as teachers) with responsibilities towards them has a number of implications. First, it means that children are rarely self-referred. qxd 1/22/04 5:25 PM Page 39 Counselling across the life course 39 them to counsellors, psychologists and psychotherapists (Pilgrim, 1997). This raises questions about the child’s motivation for therapeutic work and for their understanding or acceptance of the purpose of the counselling. A second, and perhaps even more significant, implication of children’s dependent status is that they are not usually in a position, either practically or psychologically, to ‘leave’ their primary social contexts.

The present chapter, therefore, addresses some of the specific issues concerned with counselling clients at different life stages. Separated out for reasons of convenience and manageability (viz. the dictum: ‘eat your elephant a spoonful at a time’), it needs to be remembered that these stages overlap chronologically and, to an even greater extent, psychologically and developmentally. Nonetheless, the following approximate age boundaries are suggested as useful distinctions for considering issues of counselling across the life course.

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