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CfP: History of Counselling in Canada

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling
and Psychotherapy: History of Counselling in Canada

Submit proposal by Jan. 7, 2013

The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy intends to publish a
special issue devoted to the History of Counselling in Canada. Dr. Sharon
Robertson and Dr. William Borgen will be the Guest Editors for this theme

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Counselling and
Psychotherapy Association in 2015, it is timely to reflect on the past,
present, and anticipated future of counselling in Canada. One-page
proposals for manuscripts are requested for this special issue that
centres on conceptual, research, and practical issues related to the
history of counselling in Canada.

Manuscripts should address topics pertaining to the evolution of
counselling in Canada such as the following: the development of ethical
standards, certification and credentialing standards, program
accreditation standards; changes in counselling paradigms, the practice of
counselling, counselling diverse clients; developments in speciality areas
such as career counselling, school counselling, family counselling,
post-secondary counselling; research in counselling; and the evolution of
counselling in various regions of Canada. Other topics related to the
history of counselling in Canada are encouraged.

The proposals should be submitted to the Guest Editors by January 7, 2013.

The deadline for manuscripts of accepted proposals is July 2, 2013.

Is Bereavement Counseling the Victim of a Statistic With a Life of its Own?

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Christian Jarrett over at the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest has posted an interesting piece citing a 2007 article by Larson and Hoyt entitled “What has Become of Grief Counselling? An Evaluation of the Empirical Foundations of the New Pessimism.”  As Jarrett points out, “It has become the received wisdom in psychological circles that bereavement counselling is at best ineffective and at worst harmful, especially when offered to people experiencing ‘normal’ grief.”  Bereavement counseling’s poor reputation, Larson and Hoyt note, is largely attributable to a 1999 dissertation by Barry Fortner which concludes that some 38 percent of grieving clients would have done better had they received no treatment at all.  The problem, according to Larson and Hoyt, is that the 1999 dissertation has itself only been cited once, by the author’s colleague Robert Neimeyer.  All other references to the 38 percent figure cite only Neimeyer.  Having submitted the dissertation to a post hoc peer review, Larson and Hoyt find, “The experts conclusively agreed that [Fortner’s methodology] is seriously flawed and that there is no valid basis for the claim that 38 per cent of grief counselling clients suffered deterioration.”

Historians of psychiatry and psychotherapy may well find the comments on Jarrett’s post equally interesting.

Dworkin: The Rise of the Caring Industry

Ronald W. Dworkin – Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University and Jeremy Bentham Professor of Law and Philosophy at University College London – has a piece entitled “The Rise of the Caring Industry” in the June 2010 issue of Policy Review.  The essay can be accessed online here.  The author of the 2006 book Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class considers how the growth of the helping professions (particularly those concerned with mental health) represents not simply an institutional change, but a shift in ethos.  As he puts it:

In this way the caring industry exercises a double fascination — on the one hand as a sounding board for lonely, unhappy individuals, and on the other as emblematic of a new ethos of civilization. The age of caring is a more skeptical age, but also a more tolerant one, expressing a distrust of authority and an antipathy to old enthusiasms that wavers between laughter and disgust. It would be wrong to say that people today deny the world; they simply prefer to ignore it, presenting a blank wall of indifference to how people live and what they believe. They prefer meeting their psychological needs through a therapy session rather than through a community of blood brothers.

The topic has been of particular interest to observers in the United States, and, over the past fifteen years, a number of scholars and writers have written on the subject, including Ellen Herman (The Romance of American Psychology: Political Culture in the Age of Experts, 1995), Eva Moskowitz (In Therapy We Trust: America’s Obsession with Self-Fulfillment, 2001) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, 2009).

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