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Eclectic Counselling: Working with an Integrated Model

Eclectic Counselling: Working with an Integrated Model

Author: G. L. Hermansson
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Reviewed by Jean Martel First published in 1992, this is the third edition (2000) of Eclectic Counselling, Working with an Integrated Model. It is written by Gary Hermansson and Sue Webb who worked together as trainers at Massey for many years. It is their hands on experience of isolating the specific skills of counselling in order to teach them, and the refining of that process, that make this text so lucid and valuable. The book falls somewhere between a theoretical text and a practical guide to counselling. I found it satisfying at both ends of the scale. ARPI, the model espoused in the book, is an acronym that stands for Attend, Respond, Personalise and Initiate, essential skills in counselling. The case is made very credibly for ARPI as an integrated model, not a haphazard collection of ideas and techniques. ARPI is not offered as a recipe; but if the skills are understood, practised and integrated into one’s counselling, then the practitioner will have a repertoire that includes all the basic ingredients from which to platform individual style and inclination. Each of the ARPI skills is given a separate chapter. Each skill is explained carefully and thoroughly with helpful diagrams and supported by case examples. Exercises for practice, training and development are at the end of the chapter. Considerable coverage is given to interventions that may be employed once the Initiating phase of the ARPI model is reached. These are divided into thinking, feeling and action oriented strategies. The authors also give a brief synopsis of the core beliefs, key concepts and counsellor behaviour for several modalities, (TA, Rational Emotive, Gestalt, NLP, Solution Focussed and many others) from which the strategies derive. These descriptions are clearly stated, more so, in fact, than some texts I have read devoted to a single modality. Counsellors will welcome the expanded sections in this edition on using the ARPI model in context, particularly those sections on culture and ethics. The book promotes the suitability of the model as being entirely applicable in these conditions but raises many issues which are worth exploring, quite apart from the promotion of the model. Given the open admission policies that many of our training programmes have to adhere to and their inability to provide much in the way of self awareness programmes for their students this section provides useful challenges for would be counsellors to address and consider and for more experienced counsellor to reflect on anew. In the last few years most of my practice has turned towards the supervision of counsellors and I have taken a particular interest in providing supervision for new and inexperienced counsellors. Many of them, struggle with what I call ‘the sharp end”. Their heads are filled with modalities and theories but given the meagre practical experience that many of them have had, they don’t quite know where to start when faced with a real client, straight off the street. This is the book they should have at hand. There is also plenty in Eclectic Counselling to stretch the more experienced counsellor. This edition offers an additional section, which both extends the model beyond one to one counselling into working with couples, groups and children. It also applies the ARPI model to supervision and consultancy. The case examples are particularly helpful in that they give a longitudinal history of a case and actually quote what the counsellor might say and the client responses the phrases might evoke. Thus it provides the experienced counsellor with an opportunity to consider the use of the model in much wider settings and avenues of work. A book for all counsellors and trainers, whatever their experience and modalityI Yes, I would say so. [Appeared in the NZ Association of Counsellors Newsletter, September 2009]

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General Fields

  • : 9780958358828
  • : Inside Out Books
  • : Inside Out Books
  • : 250mm X mm
  • : New Zealand
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : 255
  • : 158.3
  • : 3rd New edition
  • : Paperback
  • : G. L. Hermansson

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