1. Philosophical Pluralism: Navigating the Sea of Diversity in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology Practice

  1. Martin Milton
  1. Donal McAteer

Published Online: 16 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470667279.ch1

Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues

Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues

How to Cite

McAteer, D. (2010) Philosophical Pluralism: Navigating the Sea of Diversity in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology Practice, in Therapy and Beyond: Counselling Psychology Contributions to Therapeutic and Social Issues (ed M. Milton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470667279.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Surrey, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Surrey, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 30 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470715475

Online ISBN: 9780470667279

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Keywords:

  • philosophical pluralism - navigating sea of diversity in psychotherapeutic and counseling psychology practice;
  • concept of pluralism - case for recognising validity of multiple competing perspectives;
  • defining pluralism - from metanarratives to pluralism;
  • philosophical movement, postmodernism, in response to modernism and Age of Enlightenment;
  • pluralism in therapeutic practice;
  • dialectical pluralism, fundamental to counseling psychology;
  • counselling psychology - adaptable to inevitable changes that a pluralistic world entails;
  • challenge of dialectical pluralism - roadblocks to pluralism;
  • Rescher's (1993) work on pluralism - insight into justification of choices between perspectives;
  • exploration of dialectical pluralism, within counseling psychology - move towards a reflexive approach engaging with others

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Defining Pluralism

  • The Challenge of Dialectical Pluralism

  • Towards a Reflexive Pluralism

  • Summary

  • References