Monday, September 13, 2010


Welcome to this teaching blog!

I hope that this weblog will assist your learning in a number of ways by -

1. Providing links to websites about Humanistic Approaches.

2. Allowing you to contact me via the blog.

3. Providing a discussion forum for sharing questions and ideas.

4. Providing information about deadlines for assessments and reminders about holidays.
I will keep the blog up to date by adding links and other information weekly (if I can!)
As we discussed in class this is a 30 hour module which, on completion makes up one HN credit towards your HNC. You will need to read some text books for the course assignments. There are a few available in the library but it may be helpful for you to buy your own copies. These two text books contain essential reading about the theories which we will be covering Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy and Handbook of Individual Therapy. Amazon provide editorial and reader reviews about the books which is quite useful if you are thinking about buying them. Ebay is also a good source for course textbooks if you like to buy your books that way.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Humanistic...mmmm what is that exactly?

Characteristics of the humanistic approach to counselling

Diametrically opposed (in terms of ideology) to both the psychodynamic and behavioural traditions.

Every human being possesses an innate potential – emphasis on growth and development.

Drive towards self-actualisation.

Problems set in the context of each person’s unique experience.

Personality is seen as unique to the individual.

Behaviour is determined by conscious rather than unconscious processes.

Identifies and upholds the basic goodness of the individual but recognises that adverse circumstances may obscure these qualities at various stages throughout life (Freud’s – drives, instincts, impulses and urges are seen as motivating factors which originate in the unconscious) – people are viewed as OK.

Emphasis on the ‘human potential’ for creativity, love, growth and psychological health rather than pathological labels as a starting point for therapeutic interventions.

Inspiration by other fields such as literature, art and philosophy as well as psychology; it’s emphasis on the person as an individual ‘self’’; perceiving the person ‘holistically’ (the whole person) rather than trying to get them to fit into any particular theory.

In humanistic counselling the capacity for growth and fulfilment underlies the approach to all clients. The fundamental drive of the person is seen to be for fulfilment.

Being is more important than having or doing.

There is a place for the spiritual.