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This book offers both a wide range of critical perspectives from around the world, and substantial responses to them. It represents the first attempt to engage in print with the controversies and complexities that have exercised - sometimes painfully - the therapy and counseling world, as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has risen to such cultural prominence as Western governments take a serious interest in the psychological therapies as instruments of public policy-making."Against and For CBT" will be essential reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counselors of each and every approach who are concerned with understanding the phenomenon that is 'CBT and its discontents'. It will be core reading both on IAPT/CBT and contrasting modality training courses that wish to encourage critical engagement with the meaning and cultural context of therapeutic help in the modern world.Professor Andrew Samuels writes: 'This welcome new collection - provides us with many cogent and convincing arguments for, at the very least, questioning the epistemological underpinnings and the methodological validity of the 'evidence-based' ideology in which CBT and its supporters have become accustomed to basking - This splendid new book - promises to open up a crucial and long-overdue dialogue, and introduce the associated 'battle for the soul' of therapy work itself'. Professor Stephen Palmer writes: 'CBT is constantly developing , aquiring and integrating new ideas, many underpinned by research, and adapting to the requirements of the day. Unlike some approaches, it is not moribund, nor held back by dogma. Its commonsense, pragmatic approach will continue to have wide appeal, regardless of how it is viewed within the counseling and psychotherapy professions.
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If, as a profession, we are going to ensure that the arrival of NICE and IAPT do not herald 'the end of the world as we know it' (Nel, Clinical Psychology Forum,194) we need to be able to argue robustly for a plurality of therapies, and be clear to our commissioners about why CBT is not simply the best thing since sliced bread. This book can help. Jenny Doe, Clinical Psychology Forum, January 2010About the Author:
Richard House Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, Roehampton University. His books include 'Therapy Beyond Modernity' (Karnac, 2003), co-editing 'Implausible Professions' (PCCS Books, 1997) and 'Ethically Challenged Professions' (PCCS Books, 2003). The Theory Editor of the 'European Journal for Psychotherapy and Counselling', he has helped to found the 'Independent Practitioners Network'. Professor Del Loewenthal directs Roehampton University's Research Centre for Therapeutic Education, and practises as an existential-analytic psychotherapist. His publications include 'Post-modernism for Psychotherapists' (with Robert Snell, Routledge, 2003), What is 'Psychotherapeutic Research?' (co-editor David Winter, Karnac, 2006), and 'Case Studies in Relational Research' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). Del is founding editor of the 'European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling' (Routledge).
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