4. Understanding Human Distress: Moving beyond the Concept of ‘Psychopathology’

  1. Martin Milton
  1. Martin Milton,
  2. Mark Craven and
  3. Adrian Coyle Director

Published Online: 16 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470667279.ch4

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

Milton, M., Craven, M. and Coyle, A. (2010) Understanding Human Distress: Moving beyond the Concept of ‘Psychopathology’, 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.ch4

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:

  • understanding human distress - moving beyond concept of ‘Psychopathology’;
  • ‘psychopathology’, ‘mental illness’ and ‘disorder’ - becoming part of everyday discourse;
  • counselling psychology, a dilemma - espoused utility of scientific psychology;
  • psychological distress across history;
  • Age of Reason and the Enlightenment - reason/rationalism and scientific method, replacing religious faith;
  • rise of psychological accounts of distress - psychology as a ‘child of modernity’;
  • mental health practice, utilising approaches - underpinned by belief, to address a complaint;
  • counselling psychology, integration of psychological theory and research - with therapeutic practice;
  • “Little Narratives”- local meanings and understandings;
  • counselling psychology - questioning its role in maintaining and/or challenging existing social structure

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychological Distress across History: A Brief Sketch

  • The Rise of Psychological Accounts of Distress: Psychology as a ‘Child ofModernity’

  • Querying the Categorisation of Distress

  • The Impact on Practice

  • Living the Tension: Counselling Psychology in Action

  • Summary

  • References