In my professional life I have been asked many times the simple
question: What is transpersonal psychology, counselling or psychotherapy?
The answer is straightforward: it is a broad transcultural theory of
human nature that posits that human beings are more than physical and
psychological beings, with some form of spirituality being a reasonable
bet. Oh, and by the way, it is also a discrete field of study that could be
conceived as having had about 40 years of academic recognition.
What is counselling psychology? This is a frequent question, both
from those who are seeking to understand the work of counselling
psychologists and at times from counselling psychologists themselves.
In the course of undertaking and working on this project we
have had many long conversations in which we sometimes could
answer this question and at other times became confused or unconfident.
This left us curious about the links between our experience
and the field itself.
How important is conflict of interest to the professions? The
answer is complex. Consider what recently happened to
PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the world's largest accounting firm.
PWC hired an outside investigator (at the urging of the Securities and
Exchange Commission) to determine whether the firm was observing its
own conflict-of-interest rules. The investigator reported that more than
three-fourths of PWC's partners, including thirty-one of the top fortythree,
had not properly sanitized their personal finances....
Editors bring together a diverse group of scholars who share valuable qualitative research techniques and rich case examples. Qualitative methodologies and the different paradigms which guide them can be seen as both an alternative and complementary approach to quantification and positivism in social, personality, developmental, health, clinical, counseling, community, and school psychology.