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West, William; Goss, Phil – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2016
This paper presents the findings from the second of an ongoing series of focus group encounters between spiritually minded counsellors and those engaged in pastoral care within a religious tradition. For this study we recruited five Jungian influenced therapists and three pastoral care workers two of whom were explicitly Buddhists. The data was…
Descriptors: Buddhism, Psychotherapy, Allied Health Personnel, Counselors
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2007
A sample of 23 students--12 women, 11 men--enrolled on a two-year part-time master's course in counselling studies in Nairobi, Kenya, took part in a focus group discussion about their expectations of the course. The key themes that emerged were: adding to their skills and status and challenges to the counsellors. The findings are discussed within…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Cultural Differences, Foreign Countries, Masters Programs
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2002
Discusses a number of dilemmas in relation to the ethical practice of counseling, counselor training, and research and evaluation of counseling. A number of relevant issues are explored, including: use of training videos of therapists with real clients; informed consent; how research and evaluation changes the therapeutic process; and publication…
Descriptors: Codes of Ethics, Counseling, Counselor Training, Ethics
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 2001
Explores forgiveness as a key component of spiritual pastoral care and as one of the spiritual interventions most frequently used by psychotherapists. Examines some of the implications of the use of forgiveness in therapeutic practice and puts forward guidelines for the use of forgiveness in psychotherapy are based on the work of the Forgiveness…
Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Foreign Countries, Psychotherapy
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1996
Explores the nature of human inquiry groups and how such groups decide on a research agenda. Outlines the stages involved in the process and considers the value of human inquiry as a qualitative methodology for counseling research. Compares the roles of the human inquiry researcher and the counselor. (RJM)
Descriptors: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Counselors, Data Analysis
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1998
Interviews 19 Quaker counselors or psychotherapists to explore the impact their spiritual beliefs have on their work. Their faith impacted their work in several ways: it helped them understand their clients' spiritual journey, underpinned their work, and gave them inspiration and spiritual preparation before sessions. For a minority of respondents…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Conflict, Counselor Training, Counselors
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West, William – British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1997
A qualitative study of 30 counselors or psychotherapists revealed numerous themes. These major themes include the following: transition by the practitioner toward the use of healing; the taboo over talking about spiritual and healing experiences; the nature of healing as distinct from therapy; supervision difficulties; and the concept of spiritual…
Descriptors: Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Training