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Identity wars, the counselling and psychotherapy profession and practitioner-based research

Lees, J (2010) Identity wars, the counselling and psychotherapy profession and practitioner-based research. Psychotherapy and Politics International, 8 (1). 3 - 12 . ISSN 1476-9263


The counselling and psychotherapy profession has reached a watershed in its history. After a century of introspection and disputes between different theoretical orientations the profession is now facing outwards to the world. This is leading to a great deal of turmoil and upheaval. Instead of the theoretical disputes which typified the twentieth century the current disputes concern the relationship between the profession and society at large. Identity Wars have replaced the Paradigm Wars. These cover a range of practice-orientated and research-orientated issues. This article looks at the recently-published book, Practitioner-based Research: Power, Discourse and Transformation (Lees and Freshwater, 2008), from the point of view of these broader contextual developments. It discusses, amongst other things, the contribution of the book to these developments.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health & Social Work > AU Psycho-Social Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:42
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppi.205
Status: Published
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Identification Number: 10.1002/ppi.205
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43725

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