Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology

Medicalizing Counselling

Issues and Tensions

Authors: Strong, Tom

  • Traces developments and current controversies associated with counselling’s movement toward increased medicalization
    Highlights implications not only for practice, but for society at large
    Offers a critical approach to the tensions currently present in medicalized counselling

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About this book

This book discusses how counselling, a profession known for diverse and innovative practices, has recently been influenced by scientific, marketplace, and administrative developments corresponding with a medicalized focus on psychiatric diagnoses and related evidence-based treatments. Tensions associated with this medicalized focus refer to competing logics and accountabilities regarding how to understand and address concerns brought to counselling. Tom Strong reviews such tensions as they relate to counsellors’ approaches to practice experienced as incompatible with a medicalized approach. The role of media and technology, therapy culture, and counsellor education, are examined with respect to medicalizing tensions that professionals and clients of counselling increasingly face. The book will interest readers who share concerns regarding the potential for a mental health monoculture grounded in the diagnose and treatment logic of medicalized counselling.

About the authors

Tom Strong is a professor, couple and family therapist, and counsellor-educator at the University of Calgary, Canada. He researches and writes on the collaborative, critically-informed and practical potentials of discursive approaches to psychotherapy. 

Reviews

“This book is a timely critique of medicalization and pathologization in the context of counselling. Tom Strong is extremely knowledgeable about counselling practice and the cultural tendencies that he criticizes, and he manages to communicate his message clearly and convincingly to the reader. I give this book my warmest recommendations.” (Professor Svend Brinkmann, Knowledge Group Manager, Department of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Tensions in Medicalizing the Talking “Cure”

    Strong, Tom

    Pages 1-23

  • Discourses of Counselling and Human Concern

    Strong, Tom

    Pages 25-48

  • Human Concerns as Diagnosable Mental Health Disorders

    Strong, Tom

    Pages 49-74

  • Legitimizing an Emergent Mental Health “Monoculture”?

    Strong, Tom

    Pages 75-98

  • Individualizing and Socializing the Mental Health Monoculture

    Strong, Tom

    Pages 99-122

Buy this book

eBook £70.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56699-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £88.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-56698-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Medicalizing Counselling
Book Subtitle
Issues and Tensions
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56699-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56699-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56698-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 261
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
Topics