A Short Introduction to Counselling Psychology (Short by Professor Vanja Orlans, Ms Susan Van Scoyoc

By Professor Vanja Orlans, Ms Susan Van Scoyoc

A brief creation to Counselling Psychology brings jointly quite a lot of appropriate info at the concept and perform of counseling psychology, written during the lens of direct practitioner event and incorporating an international point of view. This available textual content presents concrete info on old advancements within the box as a complete, on education necessities and paths, on careers and domain names of perform, and at the different types of initiatives and demanding situations that practitioners care for in numerous settings.

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Wundt’s interest was in studying ‘the contents of consciousness’ and in doing this he relied initially on his subjects’ introspections. This method was later rejected as unreliable – as it was not directly observable, its validity was called into question. qxp 28 11/18/2008 6:42 PM Page 28 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY organizing focus for a number of researchers and theorists and he was instrumental in establishing a lively and collaborative intellectual community within experimental psychology (Danziger, 1990).

These writers propose an approach termed ‘postpositivist realism’ (Moya and Hames-Garcia, 2000) which they suggest leaves more room for an emphasis on change, while also recognizing the fact that the distribution of goods and resources is driven by labels or identities. qxp 38 11/18/2008 6:42 PM Page 38 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY our search for a coherent philosophical position for the field of counselling psychology, we need to proceed with a certain sense of humility. As Chaiklin (1992) suggests ‘… most psychologists would be happy if we could understand human practices and conditions in a way that would make a modest contribution to creating humane societal conditions’ (p.

1989, p. 336) Homans draws parallels between these two movements, with psychoanalysis demonstrating the capacity to mourn the loss of a previous worldview, and National Socialism demonstrating the incapacity to mourn. It is clear that psychoanalysis as a movement has been instrumental in promoting a wide range of modern philosophical ideas, while remaining profoundly at odds with mainstream psychology. Leahey (2004), for example, takes up a critical position, expressing disillusionment with Freud’s ideas.

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