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"Progress by Degrees - The Future of Counselling/Psychotherapy as a Graduate Profession" by Eoin Stephens Dr. William Glasser 1925 - 2013 Psychiatrist and Author Positive Psychotherapy Book Review: Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction: Lecturer Profile: Jade Mullen VOLUME 12, ISSUE 1

Welcome to the
Winter 2013 edition of
I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you a Psychotherapy! Some of you may have even noticed that number of highlights and developments within PCI College there has been a move to deliver counselling session through and the world of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Skype and other video applications. In fact PCI College ran a very successful workshop earlier this year entitled "Learning As you may have seen over the last year and since our to Offer Counselling Online" taught by the College President last edition, there have been significant changes within PCI Mr Eoin Stephens, which covered that very subject.
College especially within the area of technology. Changes have been afoot with the introduction of a new Student Going back to the Student Portal I would like to describe Portal to simplify access to documentation and create a the composition of this development including key areas for PCI College online community.
students to avail of. The first is the Courses pages, where key module materials are held, access to the courses timetable This area is also supported with PCI College Facebook, and a forum to allow students to connect outside of the class Linkedin and Twitter accounts. The age of social media and room is available. Followed by a Resources area, where useful technology has arrived into the world of Counselling and information is stored with access to the online myilibrary

and EBSCO Journals. In addition to this is a new exciting development ‘esubmissions' where all essays are submitted electronically with direct feedback and results sent to the students email account. Therefore there will be no waiting for information in the post and wondering if it has been lost or delayed. To complement this service this is a particular area which should be of great interest to the student body where each student is provided with their own SkyDrive; an area to keep documentation and assignments stored in the cloud. This will greatly assist students with the ability to access their work from anywhere within the world and they can be sure it won't be lost by PC/Laptop issues or data keys going missing. As part of the Portal development students are now provided with a PCI College email address allowing clear communication and no loss of messages which may have disappeared into junk folders in the past. All in all these areas of information sharing and storage should be complimentary to the learning and development in class and assist with growth and development of the whole College including the student body. As the world is changing, technology is becoming prevalent in everyone's life, welcome or not. It is important to remember that the world always grows and develops and one should not be left behind. Embrace these IT developments, take the challenge and see what journey it leads you on.
With the topic of change and challenges at the forefront of my Education is key to improving oneself and assisting others. By mind it is interesting to see the IACP's proposal recommending evolving and improving our knowledge through education and that Counselling and Psychotherapy training moves to a growth in new developing areas we can be sure that we are minimum of Level 8 Degree qualification for accreditation. providing the best knowledge we have to students, which they Although this may take a few years to be implemented it can use when working with and supporting clients. is clear that education within the world of Counselling and Psychotherapy is extremely important. PCI College have for It's a journey it may be hard, but embrace the changes, don't many years been leading the way in supporting this move to be afraid and enjoy the knowledge that you gain. ensure clients have accredited and well trained Counsellors. Education is key, where would we be without it! Integrity within this sector is highly important and it is key to ensure that the profession is regulated and that minimum educational standards are adhered to. Would you visit a Doctor who is not fully trained? Can you stand by your training if it is not reaching minimum recommended standards? PCI College are delighted to see this recommendation from the IACP and we hope that this proposal will be implemented

Progress by Degrees –
The Future of Counselling/
Psychotherapy as a Graduate

College President By Eoin Stephens Introduction
Counselling/Psychotherapy has been gradually moving, in Ireland
University and PCI College in 2001 to provide an Honours BSc as in many other countries, towards an identity as a distinct in Counselling & Psychotherapy, leading the way in typical Liam profession. Not everybody supports this move, and indeed there McCarthy fashion! should still be a place for the use of counselling/therapeutic skills by a wide variety of other helping and educational professionals There were of course many motivations for Liam in taking this (nurses, teachers etc) within their own work contexts (what John step. As I have said elsewhere ( McLeod calls "Embedded Counselling" - see link below).
"Liam McCarthy was a man who believed passionately in personal development, and he knew that adult education could But the role of the Counsellor/Psychotherapist is distinct be a central element in that development for many people. One from that of the Psychiatrist, the Clinical Psychologist and of his visions was to open up third level education to a wider the Social Worker, and we need to be able to take our place pool of mature students who might not have otherwise seen at the multidisciplinary table (literally, in the context of themselves as getting a degree…" case conferences).
But setting a new standard within the field was certainly one of the desired outcomes.
Most professions require a university degree as a basis for entry (along with a period of internship or the equivalent). However, Again, not everyone in the field is completely happy about the fit this is still work in progress within the helping professions between university education and Counselling/Psychotherapy in Ireland; within the nursing profession the transition to a training (I believe parallel discussions/concerns exist within requirement for a Level 8 (Honours) Degree only took place in the world of nurse education). Liz Ballinger, in her article the early 2000's. (See link to the 1998 Report of the Commission "Insecurity of Tenure" (Therapy Today, Vol. 24, Issue 1, February on Nursing below) 2013) proposes that "There are areas of potential fit between counsellor training and wider university cultures that suggest universities are appropriate settings for counselling training." But PCI College, as a major provider of Counselling/Psychotherapy she also looks at areas of concern expressed by those working in training and education, strongly supports this movement the sector. (See link below).
towards professionalization of our field, and has always had higher education as part of this vision. This was reflected in the 2004 name change from Personal Counselling Institute And, of course, one doesn't currently need a degree to practice to PCI College, but it was always central to the vision of Liam as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist (hence the 3-year Diploma McCarthy, who founded PCI along with Josephine Murphy. It within the 4-year PCI College degree, enabling students to begin was Liam who set up the collaboration between Middlesex working towards accreditation with the IACP). But there have

been some relevant recent developments which show that the As I have mentioned elsewhere ( movement I am talking about here, while happening slowly, is Integrative-Counselling), this document included the following Baseline qualification and experience for registration as In August of this year, Quality & Qualifications Ireland (a new psychotherapist: Minimum four years of training in specific statutory body incorporating what was formerly HETAC), psychotherapy modality at master's level (1,400 hours)… published Draft Awards Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy (see link below).
Baseline qualification and experience for registration as Counsellor: Minimum 4 years training in specific counselling and psychotherapy modality Minimum 1250 hours…Leading to a degree or recognised accredited equivalent in According to QQI, this document "presents working draft awards standards for counselling and psychotherapy and is published for consultation purposes…" This document seems to suggest that there is broad agreement "The Awards Standards for educational and training qualifications about the need for a minimum degree-level qualification for in Counselling and Psychotherapy are designed to be used by practitioners in the Counselling/Psychotherapy field. However, persons developing and reviewing specific programmes of it also seems to assume that there is some substantial and education and training leading to major awards (at NFQ Levels 6 distinguishable difference between practising as a Counsellor through 9 inclusively) in Counselling and Psychotherapy…" and practising as a Psychotherapist, and that the former "They provide a reference for benchmarking intended programme should require a Bachelor's degree (Level 8 on the National learning outcomes…" Framework of Qualifications), with the latter requiring a "The draft awards standards are standards for ‘intended Master's degree (Level 9).
programme learning outcomes' rather than standards for assessing candidates for particular qualifications." So, while QQI are proposing educational standards for the field of Counselling/Psychotherapy education (particularly for the programmes they validate, but this will inevitably influence standards within all similar programmes), they are not specifying at what point in a student's progression from Level 6 to Level 9 (Masters) the student would be deemed to have a professional qualification in the field. This decision they see as a matter for CORU, the Health & Social Care Professionals Council (www., in discussion with the various accrediting bodies in the field (IACP, IAHIP, NAPCP etc).
However, they do make reference to a document produced by the Psychological Therapies Forum (a discussion forum for the main accrediting bodies) and presented to the then Minister for Health, John Moloney, in 2008 (see links below).

IACP Position Paper
In September of this year the IACP published a position paper on "Statutory Regulation and the Difference Between Counselling and Psychotherapy" (see link below) In summary, the position paper clarifies the following (italics added): 1. IACP, as an Association, does not differentiate between Counselling and Psychotherapy. 2. IACP, as an Association, sees no proficiency difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy.
3. IACP recommends that Counselling and Psychotherapy should be regulated, by the State, with the same baseline academic and practice qualifications.
4. Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) should serve as the baseline academic qualification for both Counselling and Psychotherapy.
5. There are other important considerations for the profession, as a whole, to work on relating to Statutory Regulation and practitioners who work with people over a short or long term the difference between Counselling and Psychotherapy.
to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing. This position is supported by PCI College, and I have written a letter to the Editorial Committee of Éisteach, the journal of the IACP, to state this support.
BACP also comment that:The proposal to differentiate between counselling and While we fully support (as I am emphasising in this article) the psychotherapy is out of step with research and other developments need for degree qualification within our profession, we see no in the field of the psychological therapies… basis for introducing Postgraduate qualification at this stage (usually reserved for specialisation and advancement within a profession), nor for making the distinction between Counselling and Psychotherapy in this way. We believe in treating "Counselling & Psychotherapy" as one unitary area, as is widespread (though not universal) practice in the field.
And finally:
BACP's position has consistently been that there is no difference
The IACP Website describes the situation this way: between counselling and psychotherapy. In terms of role, Counselling and psychotherapy are terms that overlap heavily value and effectiveness, we believe that each occupational and are often used interchangeably. They incorporate the giving area has equal value. Many of our members use these terms of attention and respect in a confidential relationship.
interchangeably depending on the environment they are working in. Indeed, BACP's research committee which comprises The BACP website offers this definition: international scholars of counselling and psychotherapy were Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover unable to differentiate between the two on the basis of evidence.
a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained

Part of the difficulty here is that there is no widely agreed Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, Spring 2005, p. 8). definition or even any consistent usage of the terms "Counselling" In a similar vein, Colin Feltham and Ian Horton, in the Third & "Psychotherapy". While the term "Psychotherapy" is used Edition of their influential Sage Handbook of Counselling and by some only in relation to the Psychodynamic family of Psychotherapy (2012, p. 3), state that "No single, consensually approaches, the fact that this is not the only well-established agreed definition of either counselling or psychotherapy exists usage can be seen in the names of such large and influential in spite of many attempts across the decades in Britain, North bodies as the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive America and elsewhere to arrive at one".
Psychotherapy and the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.
Certainly, the PCI College/Middlesex University BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy programme is designed with a broad, eclectic Marcella Finnerty (Director of the Institute of Integrative and integrative view of Counselling and Psychotherapy in mind. Counselling and Psychotherapy) points out that "The debate We support and look forward to the consistency of qualification about whether there are any notable differences between standards that Statutory Regulation of our profession will bring, psychotherapy and counselling has been ongoing for many and believe that our students and graduates are in a good decades and opinions differ, each side making justifiable claims position to avail of this consistency when it finally comes.
for holding their particular viewpoint. Just as with the term counselling there is little unanimity in defining what is meant by the term psychotherapy" (Eisteach, the Journal of the Irish Dr. William Glasser
1925 - 2013
Psychiatrist and Author

Institute Ireland On the 23rd of August 2013 Dr. William Glasser, world-renowned Dunne, and the interest in his work has flourished since then. Dr. psychiatrist, author, and creator of both Reality Therapy and Glasser's practical common sense approach in Reality Therapy Choice Theory Psychology, passed away peacefully at the age of had an instant appeal for guidance counsellors keen to improve 88. We join with many throughout the world who feel this loss their professional skills, and he attributes his Irish colleagues of such a pioneer in the field. with the inspiration to rename his psychological approach, as "Choice Theory". He had been in poor health for some time and died surrounded by his wife Carleen and family members in his Los Angeles Dr. Glasser has always been very aware of the key role played by home. Dr. Glasser and his first wife Naomi, who died in 1992, a guidance counsellor not only in counselling but in co-ordinating had three children, Joseph, Alice and Martin. In 1995 Dr. Glasser a school-wide approach to counselling. The Institute of Guidance married Carleen Floyd. He lived all of his professional life in Counsellors conscious of his great contribution to their work the Los Angeles area of California. His emphasis on personal conferred an honorary fellowship on Dr. Glasser, something he responsibility for mental health problems helped sell millions treasured very much. Bill Glasser, the man, also appealed to us of his books. He also advocated education reform. The Irish with his relaxed personal style and had a generous appreciation Guidance Counsellors have lost a great friend and mentor.
for an Irish joke. He enjoyed the Irish and we enjoyed him. The Journey of Dr. Glasser
Dr. Terry Lynch's publication "Beyond Prozac" {2001} inspired Dr. Born in Cleveland Ohio, USA, on 11th May 1925, Dr. Glasser Glasser to write a book about the dangers of the biochemical reached international fame in 1965 when his ground-breaking analysis of human distress. Later Dr. Lynch was invited to write book, "Reality Therapy", challenged the traditional beliefs of the foreword to Dr. Glasser's own book; Warning: Psychiatry can psychiatry at the time. As an increasing number of people be Hazardous to your Mental Health {2003}. Dr. Glasser wrote a wished to learn his methods and to help train people in his total of 27 books as well as publishing many articles. A biography approach he founded the "Institute for Reality Therapy" now of Dr. Glasser by Jim Roy, "Champion of Choice" is due to be called "William Glasser International" which was chaired by Irish published in the autumn. Guidance Counsellor, Brian Lennon. Dr. Glasser believed that "everyone who needs psychiatric Reality Therapy is a method of counselling which teaches people treatment suffers from one basic inadequacy: he is unable to how to direct their own lives, make more effective choices, and fulfil his essential needs". He believed that whether a person how to develop the strength to handle the stresses and problems in mental distress exhibited psychotic behaviours, anxiety or of life. The core of Reality Therapy is the idea that regardless of depression, that person was in fact opting for the best possible what has "happened" in our lives, or what we have done in the solution available to him or her. He believed that, in general, past, we can choose behaviours that will help us meet our needs these people do not have anything wrong with their brains or more effectively in the future. brain chemistry but do need to learn new ways of coping with their situations. According to Dr. Glasser {2003} "these people Dr. Glasser first came to Ireland in 1985 invited by the then may be a product of the past, but not victims of it because they President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Arthur have control of their present and future".
The Reality Therapy he developed enabled people with personal went on to develop an approach, the Glasser Quality School distress to operate in the present in a caring relationship offered model, based on Choice Theory, where the emphasis is on by the therapist and the main aim is to help the person find and meeting students' needs in a non-controlling way. learn new ways of dealing with life. Thanks to the influence of others such as William Powers and W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Dr. Glasser claimed that poor relationships with students and William Glasser developed a new psychological theory he was a tolerance of inferior work made many schools unhappy and to call "Choice Theory" and published this in 1998. A core tenet unsuccessful places. Schools that adopt the Choice Theory of Choice Theory Psychology is that we cannot control others, approach experience changes towards a very high level of only ourselves and most of our behaviours are chosen (though academic achievement and a very low incidence of discipline not necessarily consciously). Dr. Glasser believed that many problems. An Irish authored book, "In The Driving Seat" of the world's problems at personal, social and even political Responsible Behaviour – The Key to Happy Relationships Sr. B levels derive from an often unwitting reliance on what he called Gaffney, A. Martin, Sr. C Sweeney M. Taaffe {2006} has provided "external control psychology", the belief that we can control a useful tool for schools interested in positive mental health other people or that they can control us.
education. In Ireland Trim Youthreach in Co. Meath became a Glasser Quality School in 2009.
Such beliefs lead to a lot of human misery. Choice Theory Psychology provides a very good structure for helping people Around the world over 84,000 people in at least sixty countries learn about personal wellbeing and in the last decades of his life have done basic training in Glasser's ideas and 12,000 have it was this positive approach to mental health that dominated completed full training. In Ireland over four and a half thousand Dr. Glasser's talks and writing. people have completed the basic training course. Over a thousand students have completed training in Reality Therapy / Having started his professional life working with delinquent girls, Choice Theory, and they include guidance counsellors, teachers Dr. Glasser always kept a strong interest in both therapy and and psychotherapist. Dr. Glasser sees the counsellor's role as one education. In 1969 he published "Schools Without Failure" and of helping the client learn the principles of Choice Theory in his or her own life and to focus on their "internal control rather than external control psychology".
Honours for Dr. William Glasser
Dr. Glasser's challenge in the sixties to the established ideas in the
field of counsellors and psychotherapy required a special brand of
courage from him but eventually he was recognised by his fellow
professionals. In 1989 the Milton Erickson Foundation's Evolution
of Psychotherapy Conference admitted him as a member of the
distinguished faculty of Pioneers in Psychology. In 2004 the
American Counselling Association awarded him their Legend in
Counselling Award, and in 2005, the American Psychotherapy
Association designated him as a Master Therapist. In May 2013
the California Senate passed a resolution to honour Dr. William
Glasser for "a lifetime of achievements and meritorious service
to humanity". It was so fitting this last honour should have been
in his home state and city. Reality Therapy has been named by
the European Psychotherapy Association as one of its recognised
therapies and training provided in Ireland can now lead to a
European Psychotherapy qualification.
My own journey with Dr. Glasser
The title of the conference is Choice Theory for Everyday Living. Dr. Glasser came to Ireland in July of 2005 for the annual Dr. William Glasser, was an inspiration to all, he shall be Convention which also coincided with my Certification Week in sorely missed.
UCD. Dr. Glasser was celebrating three extraordinary milestones both in his personal and professional life. He was celebrating his Gisela Oates on behalf of the William Glasser Institute Ireland - 80th Birthday, he was celebrating 20 years of Reality Therapy / Executive Committee Member. Choice Theory being in Ireland and Carleen and Dr. Glasser were also celebrating their 10th Wedding Anniversary. William Glasser International can be contacted through the Irish branch and for further information about The WGII Convention, I had the opportunity to partake in a role play with Dr. Glasser Reality Therapy, Choice Theory and the Glasser Quality School during that special week in UCD, which were both an honour see A special tribute page for Dr. Glasser has been and a privilege to be a part off. Dr. Glasser was gracious enough opened at
to sign several of his books for the participants while they were completing their certification week. He patiently posed for the many photographs that followed this auspicious occasion, which Gisela Oates
are now treasured possessions. BSc {Hons} Counselling Psychotherapy; Diploma in I have only met Dr. Glasser once but he will always remain in my Addiction Studies; Cert in Quality World.
Reality Therapy / Choice Theory; Prof Cert in CBT, WGII, MIAAAC / MACI, MIACP At out WGII conference in October, we commemorated Dr. Grasser. Two quotes from the brochure are very appropriate at Gisela works as a Faculty Lecturer in PCI College and is involved in both lecturing "External control is by far the greatest obstacle modules across the three year Diploma programme to mental health all over the world." as well as administrative roles. She is also an Addiction Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Co Kildare. "Happiness is feeling good because you are choosing to behave in ways that keep you close, or get you She has worked within the field of Mental Health for 20 closer, to the important people in your life." Dr. William Glasser.
years both with the NHS in the UK and the HSE in Ireland. In conjunction with the HSE and the Rathmines Pembroke Today Dr. Glasser's ideas on therapy, education, management Partnership, she was an advocate for Mental Health and facilitated a drop-in centre "The Gateway Project" and personal wellbeing are taught throughout the world with for six years.
international conferences held every two years. Gisela is an Ambassador for the ‘See Change' campaign, and The William Glasser Institute Ireland is hosting our annual Irish is currently on the board of the William Glasser Institute Convention on 19th October 2013 at the IMI, Sandyford, Dublin Ireland Executive Committee. 16, where we shall be carrying on with Dr. Glasser's work. To Gisela has a keen interest in the process of share with the world everything he shared with us. Intergenerational Healing and Family Constellation work.
This Conference is being held in loving and grateful Gisela is the founder of ‘Serenity Counselling Training' and commemoration of Dr. William Glasser, Psychiatrist, Teacher and maintains a private practice in Newbridge.
Inspiration to us all. By Jolanta Burke Imagine there was a way to supplement your therapy with tools that can help your clients with depression feel better, sooner. Well, there is a way: Positive Psychology offers such tools. Positive Psychology is a science of optimal human functioning (Seligman & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). It examines what is good about people and creates interventions that help them flourish (Seligman, 2011). It was originally created to examine the aspects of our psyche that were usually ignored. In the 90s, 17 out of 18 studies focused on human deficits and what was wrong with us (Peterson, 2006). Only one study in 18 looked at what is right about us. While the deficit approach is useful to understand unhealthy human conditions, it is crucial to take a balanced view and consider the positive side to us.
The traditional and positive psychologists' approach are complimentary. We look at a human being from a different viewpoint. For example, when clients attempt suicide, traditional psychologists focus on what they lack in adjusted clients further enhance their well-being. However, comparison to mentally healthy and well-functioning people. a few years into the research, a significant change happened. They create and use interventions to ‘fix' them and help them Martin Seligman, one of the founders of Positive Psychology, feel ‘normal' again. spent many years of his academic career studying learnt helplessness and depression. Having experienced it himself, On the other hand, positive psychologists examine clients' he and his team wondered what would happen if positive character strengths and other psychological resources they psychology interventions were introduced to people suffering can use to recover from adversity. Rather than ask them to from mild to severe depression. Would they be effective in ‘think positive', we help clients explain the negative event in a reducing their depressive symptoms? specific way that is based on the research around developing optimism (Seligman, 1998). We are also curious about the The results surprised even the researchers. Compared to small sample of people who, rather than PTSD, experienced traditional approaches used in therapy, not only did the post traumatic growth, as a result of their adversity. Therefore, interventions help clients feel better, but the change happened both approaches are necessary for us to see the whole person. sooner (Seligman, Rashid, & Parks, 2006). It was not because Ignoring one aspect of us creates imbalance in the way we positive interventions have magical powers of transforming view our clients.
people. Rather, they create a shift in their thinking and help clients experience more positive emotions. Following from Originally, Positive Psychology research focused on helping the initial research, a meta-analysis of positive psychology already mentally healthy people flourish. Positive psychologists interventions with over 4,000 participants found that positive created over 100 interventions that would help their well- exercises seemed particularly effective with people experiencing higher levels of depression (Sin & Lyubomirsky, 2009).
Jolanta Burke is a Positive
Psychologist and a PhD re-
Positive psychology interventions are different to the traditional searcher in Trinity College ones. Consider the famous Pennebaker activity that is widely Dublin. She is passionate used in therapy. Over 20 years of research found that asking about improving psycho- clients to write about their deepest thoughts and feelings for logical well-being in Ireland. 20 minutes over three or four consecutive days results in many She delivered programmes psychological benefits: mood enhancement (Pennebaker, helping professionals apply positive psychology in their 1997), reduction of depressive symptoms (Esterling, L'Abate, work. They included psycho- Murray & Pennebaker, 1999) and increase in effective coping therapists, coaches, guidance behaviour (Spera, Buchfeind & Pennebaker, 1994). However, counsellors, youth workers to we also know that writing about negative events puts our mention a few. She also published many articles about pos- clients into short-term stress (Pennebaker & Uhlman, 1994). itive psychology in Ireland and abroad, a book chapter and spoke at many conferences.
Therefore, Positive Psychologists wondered if they can reduce it by asking them to write about positive experiences instead. Jolanta graduated from DCU with a BA in Psychology, MSc Rather than dwelling on how trauma affected them, they in Education and Training Management, Post Grad Cert in were encouraged to recall a traumatic event and describe Positive Psychology at the University of East London and is how their experience benefited them as a person and made currently pursuing a PhD in Positive Psychology applied in them more resilient (King & Miner, 2000). In another series of Education at Trinity College Dublin. Since 2009 Jolanta has lectured in Positive Psychology in DCU and Trinity College studies, they wrote about the best possible self in the future Dublin. She created the first Positive Psychology at Work when all they wished to come true, actually has (King, 2001). programme in Europe which was accredited by the Institute What the researchers found was that both negative and of Commercial Management in the UK in 2011.
positive writing had the same long term effect of significantly reducing depressive symptoms. However, positive writing was considerably less upsetting and resulted in enhancing positive emotions noticeably sooner than negative writing. Encouraged by the initial results, the researchers created a series of positive psychology interventions applied in therapy (Seligman, Rashid, & Parks, 2006). They were based on a 14-session programme which introduced activities enhancing clients' positive emotions, engagement and meaning. The results showed more reduction of depressive symptoms and significantly higher remission rates than traditional therapy or antidepressant medication. Can they supplement your therapy? Positive psychology is a rapidly growing science providing evidence for Maslow's Humanistic theory. Recently, it is particularly flourishing in therapy with progressively more research showing strong evidence of its effectiveness not only with people suffering from depression but also schizophrenia and other mental disorders. What therapists find attractive about it is the science behind the interventions and their striking results. It may be a great supplement to whatever approach you use. Are you open to try them? Book Review:
Understanding and Treating Sex Addiction:
A comprehensive guide for people who struggle with sex addiction and those who want to help them. Paula Hall 2012
"Sex addiction is a devastating condition that affects many millions of innocent people' (Hall 2012:191)

At a time when Sex Addiction & Pornography Addiction is Hall breaks through common misconceptions about sexual becoming increasingly recognised & accepted as an addictive addiction and clearly illustrates the difference between it behaviour, the publishing of Paula Hall's ‘Understanding and other misinterpreted behaviours often associated with and Treating Sex Addiction" has been much anticipated and sexual addictions, such as hypersexuality & sexual offending. could not have come at a better time. Paula Hall, a registered She challenges popular terminology specific to addiction such Psychotherapist specialising in the field of Sex Addiction, as Co-addiction in an effort to more clearly illustrate the and founder of The Hall Recovery Course, leaves the reader complexity of sex as an addictive behaviour in comparison to in no doubt, through clinical experience and valuable new other addictive behaviours such as food, gambling and drugs.
research (the first of its kind in the UK & Ireland), that Sex Addiction is not only prevalent but a real & growing problem Throughout the book the author explores and defines with silently thriving in society. She also leaves us under no illusion ease related areas such as human sexuality, sexual desire, that those suffering are struggling with an array of complex fantasy, sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias and issues specific emotions and challenges. "In a nutshell, all addiction is used to to the LGBTQ community, providing the reader with a strong manage emotional pain' (Hall 2012:57).
overall view of areas which often coincide with or relate to sexual addictions. She builds a strong introduction to the Both refreshing and encouraging, this book gives clear insights neurochemistry of addiction as a contributing factor in the into many aspects of sexual addiction, exploring trauma and progression of addiction and identifies various addiction cycles attachment induced addictions, assessment criteria, and and theories of progression. She has divided the book into an many other topics. Hall introduces new insightful theories easy-to-reference chapter format and provides a good balance such as the Six-Phase Cycle, which explores addictions which of theory, research and clinical & personal experience. To my remain ‘dormant'. mind she introduces a fresh honest perspective on sexual addiction and a sincerity that treatment and recovery, whilst From a professional perspective ‘Understanding and Treating challenging, is possible.
Sex Addiction' provides those in the therapeutic field with a strong understanding of sexual addiction and identifies what Until now publications on sex addiction have been to watch out for in clinical practice which may ordinarily be predominantly based on US studies, and Hall draws on an missed or unspoken. As Hall suggests "for many people it's too array of research and mounting evidence from renowned painful or risky to talk about their sexual acting out so instead experts in the field of sexual addiction such as Patrick Carnes they will seek help for the consequences without openly & Robert Weiss. However, one of the key themes throughout acknowledging the cause'. (Hall 2012:18) ‘Understanding & Treating Sex Addiction' is Hall's clinical research based on 350 people struggling with sexual addiction, Orlagh Gahan is a Psychotherapist at The Centre for Sexual some of who have gone through therapy. She provides first Addictions, Dublin, Ireland. hand accounts and case studies from those suffering from sexual addictions, and a rich insight into the psyche of the She is a member of ATSAC, and a graduate of PCI College, where sexual addict. Hall identifies how her research parallels and she completed a Thesis titled: Sexual Addiction, Treatment & compares on many levels to US based research and how this Support Service in Ireland. helps identify issues specific to the UK.
The author explores as a common theme the impact of an ‘unprecedented explosion of the internet and ever-growing availability of pornography' (Hall 2001:i) and identifies how this has contributed to an increase in those suffering from sexual addiction. She emphasises, in particular, the impact this explosion may be having on the younger generation. She identifies how the ‘availability' of Pornography and an array of sexual activity has given rise to an increased prevalence of ‘Opportunity Induced Addiction' and clarifies how treatment and recovery differs from Trauma or Attachment Induced Addiction.
Hall's open and articulate style of writing desensationalises and demystifies the issue of sexual addiction. She does so in an empathic & compassionate manner throughout the book, as she offers scenarios and associations which easily encourage the reader to relate on a personal level to rationalisations and other issues which arise as a result of sexually addictive behaviour and emotional distress.
With great emphasis on recovery, this book provides an overview of support & resources available to those seeking treatment & recovery in the UK and Ireland. As a Psychotherapist, I enthusiastically encourage and recommend this book to those who want to understand more about Sex Addiction or begin recovery, and indeed to anyone interested in gaining a good understanding of addictive behaviour overall, as it easily and cleverly flows into other areas of addiction in order to help the reader gain a more rounded understanding. I recall approaching the end of my school education and feeling difficult to work on started to circulate. I remember telling my daunted about having to choose my next step (although perhaps family, who were quite concerned about this new venture I had it was my first step) in life. ‘What are you going to be?' That is embarked on, "It is all going great so far and I will be grand as the question that was thrown around at the time. I felt that I was long they don't put me on ‘St. Mary's' ward". Three weeks later, the only one of my peers that had no clue what I was going to quite nervous and a little green, to say the least, I began my first ‘be'. When all of my friends seemed so sure that they were going shift on St. Mary's Ward.
to become hairdressers or teachers or nurses, I was at a loss. The one thing I was sure of was that I wanted to work with people. As The experience I got working in Broadmoor was invaluable. It I began to tease this out, I realised that my desire was more than taught me many things about the human psyche and behaviour. just working with people, I wanted to understand people, who I began to understand the complicated relationship we have they were, why they were and what their lives were all about. It with our biopsychosocial world and I received huge insight into was on this notion that I embarked into the world of Psychology, this extreme world of mental health. I also had a chance to completely unaware as to where this journey would take me.
partake in a research project and was involved with behaviour observation and data collection. In addition to all of this, I I began an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology with learned a great deal about myself – my shadow side, my biases, DBS, where I became immersed in the world of psychology and my resilience. This experience left me curious and I knew for psychoanalysis. These three years studying left me wanting sure that I needed to study further in this area.
more and I began to think about what the next phase could bring. I briefly flirted with the idea of delving further into I returned to Ireland and promptly headed to Cork to begin a psychoanalysis, having been offered a place on a Master's in Master's in Counselling Psychology with UCC. Again, I had Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, but I decided against this and begun another eye-opening and life shaping journey. I was instead, naively, jumped head first into the world of extreme fortunate to be mentored by Professor Eleanor O' Leary, who mental health.
had worked with and was a great friend of Carl Roger's, in an environment which was both nurturing and challenging all at I accepted a job offer in Broadmoor Hospital in London and once, with personal process around every corner. As there were within a week I had packed my bags and uprooted. Broadmoor only 3 other students in my class, there was certainly no room Hospital is one of the three high-security, psychiatric hospitals to hide so I really do mean it when I tell my students that I in England which treats people with mental illness and understand the ‘pain' of the word dyad! personality disorders who represent a high degree of risk to themselves or to others. Prior to beginning work with the Having been away from ‘home' for quite some time now, I was patients, I underwent intensive training to learn how to keep eager to return to Dublin upon completing my Master's. One of myself, other staff members and the patients safe while working the most interesting areas I have worked in since returning to within the hospital. As the wait to begin working directly with Dublin has been in a special needs school where I worked with the patients was prolonged, the apprehension began to build children who have a diagnosis of autism. I was based within the and lots of stories about infamous patients (some of whom you school setting teaching and supporting children from pre-school would no doubt be familiar with) and which wards were more age up 18 years, through the methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Positive Behaviour Support. This work has led me to develop a keen interest in autism, particularly in relation to Spring CPD Programme
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All the while my professional life has been unfolding, so too has my ‘other' life behind the scenes. My family, who were rightly concerned in the early days and whom I so greatly missed while I was out of Dublin, are the escape valve for me and have kept me grounded throughout all of the above. I have recently come Counselling & Psychotherapy • Psychology • Professional & Personal Development into a new role here also, that of a mother, and knowing what I Save the Date: Saturday June 28th
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PCI College is delighted to announce that Willie Egan, Donagh Ward, Pat Gavin and Gael Kilduff have joined the Regional Faculty team. They have previously lectured on a number of modules with the college and are a welcome addition to the PCI Faculty in Cork, Kilkenny & Athlone. Jade Mullen joined PCI College in June 2013 as a full time Faculty Lecturer. She currently lectures on all years of the BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and on the Certificate course. Jade is the Year Head for Years 3 and 4 and Core Tutor for a number of groups within Years 2 and 3. She is also the thesis co-ordinator and an active member of the PCI College Research Committee. We have also had a number of well-deserved promotions within the administrative team, who provide important back-up and support for our lecturers and those studying with us. Rhiannon Murphy now holds the position of College Director; Debbie Brennan now holds the position of Student Services Manager; Sinead Delaney now holds the position of Senior Executive Officer, Programmes Office; and Lynn Hanley now holds the positions of Junior Marketing Officer. We also have two new additions to the team, Brian O'Murchu, College Receptionist and Sinead Ni Mhaille as Executive Marketing Officer.
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