Touch may well be one of the least understood or talked about subjects in the helping professions. A discussion on the importance and ethics of positive, caring, and appropriate touch in professions such as teaching, nursing and counselling is long overdue.
Touch in the Helping Professions delivers just that, weaving together scholarly evidence, research and clinical practice from a wide range of perspectives encompassing philosophy, theology, psychology, and anthropology to challenge assumptions about the role of touch in the helping professions.
The contributors to the volume focus not only on the overarching roles of gender, age, culture and life experience, but go beyond to encompass canine-assisted therapy, touch deprivation, sacred objects, as well as key ethical considerations. The prevailing lack of dialogue, due to fear of contravening ethical boundaries, has stood in the way of an open and responsible discussion on the use of touch in therapy.
Touch in the Helping Professions is a welcome and much needed contribution to the field — a window onto a fundamental need.
Manal Guirguis-Younger, editor
Manal Guirguis-Younger is dean of the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University (Ottawa).
Judith Malette, editor
Judith Malette is a certified clinical psychologist and full professor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University (Ottawa).
Martin Rovers, editor
Martin Rovers is a professor and AAMFT-approved supervisor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University (Ottawa).
Rights Holder: University of Ottawa Press
rights available: World
number of pages: 268
publication date: 04/10/2018
Original language of pub: English
Materials Available: finished book
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