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ERIC Number: EJ1025892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Working with Unrealistic or Unshared Hope in the Counselling Session
Larsen, Denise Joy; Stege, Rachel; Edey, Wendy; Ewasiw, Joan
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v42 n3 p271-283 2014
Hope has long been identified as an important therapeutic factor in counselling. Further, research evidence for the importance of hope to counselling practice and outcome is abundant. However, the field is only beginning to explicitly consider how hope can be effectively and intentionally practised. One of the most challenging dilemmas encountered by counsellors committed to working with this important therapeutic factor is that of so-called "unrealistic hope." In this paper, we outline two real-life counselling vignettes illustrating unrealistic hope, and consider these scenarios alongside relevant scholarship and practice experience. Guiding principles and practices for conceptualising and working with unrealistic hope are offered as a means of beginning the conversation about this complex aspect of working with client hope.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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