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Philosophical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy: Encounters with Four Questions about Knowing, Effectiveness, and Truth Hardcover – November 21, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1442228771 ISBN-10: 1442228776

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442228776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442228771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In these pages, an extraordinary conversation has been initiated. Dr. Hansen invites the reader to walk with him through the labyrinth of philosophy to reflect on four critical questions of the counseling profession that lie at the heart of the work he loves. Through exploring the intersection of history, culture, power, language, and theory, Dr. Hansen is able to weave a synthesis of logic that provides counselors, counselor educators, and counselors-in-training with a unified view of helping that transcends conventional epistemology. Rather than avoid these challenging issues, the reader is invited into Dr. Hansen's personal and professional journey that reveals the meaning-oriented soul of the quintessential humanist. This book is an intellectual and professional delight and will be on the required reading list for all my theories classes in the future. (Colette Dollarhide, EdD, The Ohio State University)

Dr. Hansen has written a rare book that will inspire novice helping professionals while also challenging and invigorating more seasoned practitioners. His wit and insight make for an engaging and edifying read—I strongly recommend this book as essential reading for all counselors, psychologists, and social workers! (Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove, PhD, University of New Mexico)

Jim Hansen’s self-styled ‘unusual book’ brings philosophical questioning to life in a delightful read that is clear, erudite, and personally engaging with its delicately effective balance between the academic and the deeply personal. In making a compelling case for an ‘affirmative postmodern’ approach to therapy that eschews modernist notions of ‘truth’ and which offers an effective antidote to the increasing mechanization of therapy work, Hansen refreshingly questions the politics of professionalization—raising deep philosophical questions about the therapeutic process itself and arguing for a humanities-centred approach in the Nussbaum tradition. The book also makes a resounding case, if inadvertently, for the intellectual freedom of the Academy. Aspiring and thoughtful students of the human condition will benefit greatly from reading this fine book. (Richard House, PhD, University of Winchester)

About the Author

James T. Hansen is a professor at Oakland University in the Department of Counseling. His primary scholarly interests are philosophical and theoretical issues in counseling and critical examination of contemporary mental health culture. Dr. Hansen has published about fifty refereed articles in leading counseling journals. He is also the co-editor of an award winning book on humanism. Dr. Hansen has over twenty-five years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, and consultant.

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James T. Hansen is a professor at Oakland University in the Department of Counseling. His primary scholarly interests are philosophical and theoretical issues in counseling and critical examination of contemporary mental health culture. Dr. Hansen has published about fifty refereed articles in leading counseling journals. His book, "Philosophical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy," won the Hollis Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling. He is also the co-editor of an award winning book on humanism. Dr. Hansen has over twenty-five years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor, and consultant. To access Dr. Hansen's publications and other information, please visit his website:

https://sites.google.com/site/jamesthansenphd/

Contact Information:

James T. Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor
Oakland University
Department of Counseling
450E Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309

Email: jthansen@oakland.edu

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Guterman on April 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am delighted to see Hansen’s exceptional book in print because it presents key philosophical issues in counseling and psychotherapy with great clarity that is unusual for our field. Void of unnecessary jargon, complex issues are addressed in a personal and engaging style. I recommend this book because it raises important questions within historical and cultural contexts and in such a way that is accessible to new and more experienced mental health professionals. Hansen’s book has stretched my thinking about fundamental issues in the field, including the client-counselor relationship, what makes counseling effective, and the idea of truth itself. I find myself returning to Hansen’s book again and again for its valuable insights. I commend James T. Hansen for making such an important contribution to the field.
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