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Towards a definition of philosophical counselling in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Fourie, D. P.
dc.contributor.author Louw, Dirk Jacobus
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-24T11:51:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-24T11:51:41Z
dc.date.issued 2009-06
dc.identifier.citation Louw, Dirk Jacobus (2009) Towards a definition of philosophical counselling in South Africa, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2949> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/2949
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to define Philosophical Counselling (PC) or, more specifically, PC as practised in South Africa. This was done through allowing South African philosophical counsellors to tell their stories about PC. The epistemological framework was that of social constructionism. The study involved a series of in-depth interviews with three South African philosophical counsellors. The major themes that emerged from the participants’ stories seemed to centre around: the existential need for the other; the conceptual need for the other; engaging with the other methodically; and caring for the other. While their stories largely resonate with current and overwhelmingly European and North American conceptions of PC, they also seem to provide a uniquely South African impetus to revise these conceptions. Moreover, the findings of this study may facilitate a dialogue between philosophical counsellors and their colleagues in related professions, especially psychotherapists. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (iv, 43 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Philosophical practice en
dc.subject Philosophical counselling en
dc.subject Counselling en
dc.subject Psychotherapy en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Qualitative research en
dc.subject Hermeneutics en
dc.subject Socrates en
dc.subject.ddc 100
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophical counseling
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapy
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophical counseling
dc.subject.lcsh Psychotherapy
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy -- South Africa
dc.title Towards a definition of philosophical counselling in South Africa en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.degree M.A. (Clinical Psychology)


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