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Theoretical orientation and reported practice: a survey of eclecticism among counsellors in Britain

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There is an increasing trend for counsellors to report that their practice is based on a combination of methods and approaches, rather than being grounded in a â–˜pureâ–™ model. However, there has been a lack of research on the proportion of counsellors in Britain who define themselves as eclectic or integrative in orientation. This study reports on a survey of eclecticism and integrationism in counsellors and other therapists in Britain. Results indicate that as many as 87% of counsellors can be regarded as taking a â–˜non-pure-formâ–™ approach of some kind. Issues in interpreting data on counsellors' self-reports of orientation are discussed, and implications for training and further research are outlined.

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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Counselling Research and Training Group, Centre for Educational Needs, School of Education, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK 2: School of Social and Health Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee, Marketgait House, Marketgait, Dundee, UK

Publication date: 01 August 1999

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