Group influence and the psychology of cultism within re-evaluation counselling: a critique

Tourish, Dennis and Irving, Pauline (1995) Group influence and the psychology of cultism within re-evaluation counselling: a critique. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 8 (1). pp. 35-50. ISSN 0951-5070

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Abstract

Re-evaluation counselling (often known as co-counselling, or simply RC) has recently been described as an ‘innovative’ form of therapy, despite the fact that it has existed for over forty years. It has also been suggested that it is, or is becoming, a psychotherapy ‘cult.’ This paper discusses the key theoretical ideas of re-evaluation counselling (RC) and assesses the extent to which some of these ideas could enable unscrupulous therapists to engineer artificial consent and impose their own belief systems on clients. RC's strong reliance on group based activities is also explored, and the extent to which this facilitates unthinking conformity is considered. Finally, guidelines are discussed which enable therapists and would-be clients to assess more clearly the potentially negative effects of involvement in groups such as RC.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 10:22
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 10:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/68539
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