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1st Edition

Humanistic Psychology
Current Trends and Future Prospects

ISBN 9781138698918
Published August 9, 2017 by Routledge
338 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a thought-provoking examination of the present state and the future of Humanistic Psychology, showcasing a rich international contributor line-up.

The book addresses head-on the current state of a world in crisis, not only placing the current conjuncture within a wider evolutionary context, but also demonstrating the specifically humanistic-psychological values and practices that can help us to transform and transcend the world’s current challenges. Each chapter looks in depth at a variety of issues: counselling and psychotherapy, creativity and the humanities, post-traumatic stress, and socio-political movements and activism.

The book amply confirms that Humanistic Psychology is as alive, and as innovative and exciting, as it ever has been, and has tremendous relevance to the uncertainties that characterize the unprecedented individual and global challenges of the times. It celebrates the diverse and continuing significance of Humanistic Psychology by providing a robust and reliable roadmap for a new generation of counsellors and psychotherapists. In these richly diverse chapters will be found inspiration, pockets of resistance, mature critical reflexivity and much much more - a book accurately reflecting our present situation, and which is an invaluable addition to the psychology literature.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Foreword to the new edition: Manu Bazzano

Foreword to the first edition: Andrew Samuels

Acknowledgements and dedications

Editorial introduction

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman


History and contexts

Editors’ introduction to Part I

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman

1 What is Humanistic Psychology?

John Rowan and Dina Glouberman

2 Creativity in the evolution of Humanistic Psychology

Louis Hoffman, Ruth Richards and Steven Pritzker

3 The past and future of Humanistic Psychology

Colin Feltham

4 The place of person-centred counselling in Humanistic Psychology

Seamus Nash


Socio-political-cultural perspectives

Editors’ introduction to Part II

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman

5 Humanistic cultural praxis for an emerging world

Maureen O’Hara

6 The development community and its activist psychology

Lois Holzman

7 The future of humanism: cultivating the humanities impulse in mental health culture

James T. Hansen

8 Climate dynamics: a study in psycho-social analysis

David Wasdell

9 Steps to a politics of heart

Nick Duffell


Current applications, tensions and possibilities

Editors’ introduction to Part III

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman

10 Creating space: a way forward for Humanistic Psychology

Caroline Brazier

11 Carl Rogers: absence and presence in the contemporary therapy landscape

Andy Rogers

12 The future of Humanistic Psychology: autonomy, relatedness and competence

Katherine McArthur and Mick Cooper

13 Reconciling Humanistic and Positive Psychology: further bridging the cultural rift

Harris L. Friedman

14 Humanistic and existential approaches in the treatment of PTSD

Stanley Krippner and Daniel B. Pitchford

15 Humanistic Psychology, trauma studies and post-traumatic growth

Olivia Merriman-Khanna

16 An accidental affiliation

Alexandra Chalfont


Future prospects – existential, transpersonal, postmodern

Editors’ introduction to Part IV

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman

17 Humanistic Psychology: how it was and how it may be

Dina Glouberman

18 Humanistic Psychology’s chief task: to reset psychology on its rightful existential-humanistic base

Kirk J. Schneider

19 Directions for Humanistic Psychology

John Rowan

20 From humanism to Humanistic Psychology and back again

Keith Tudor

21 On the future of Humanistic Psychology: possible avenues for exploration

Robin Shohet

22 Humanistic Psychology: possible ways forward

Windy Dryden

23 Gestalt in a changing world

Gaie Houston

24 The necessary revolution in Humanistic Psychology

Peter Hawkins

25 Humanism: the fourth wave

John Heron

26 Humanistic Psychology and the evolution of consciousness

Jill Hall

Editorial conclusion

Richard House, David Kalisch and Jennifer Maidman


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Richard House, Ph.D., C.Psychol. is a Chartered Psychologist, an educational consultant, a political activist, and long-time campaigner on childhood issues and Steiner education. Formerly senior lecturer in psychotherapy (Roehampton University) and education studies (Winchester), a counsellor-psychotherapist and editor of Self & Society journal, his eleven previous books include Therapy Beyond Modernity (2003) and Too Much, Too Soon? – Early Learning and the Erosion of Childhood (2011).

David Kalisch, MA (Cantab), UKCP, UKAHPP (Aff. Memb.) is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with nearly 30 years’ experience in gestalt, humanistic and core process therapies. David has been co-editor of Self & Society journal since 2011, and co-edited (along with Richard House and Jennifer Maidman) The Future of Humanistic Psychology (2013). He is Director of CHPC Training.

Jennifer Maidman, (Dip Couns, MBACP) is a British musician, singer, producer, and songwriter who has worked extensively with many well-known groups and artists, including Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raiit, Mark Knopfler, Robert Wyatt and Annie Whitehead. She was a key member of the Penguin Café Orchestra. She also  trained as a humanistic counsellor with Noreen Emmans and Jimmy McGhee, and has written for Therapy Today, Asylum, and Self and Society. She co-edited The Future of Humanistic Psychology (PCCS, 2013) with Richard House and David Kalisch.


"Readers will find in these very diverse chapters inspiration and encouragement, pockets of resistance and instances of abdication: the book accurately reflects our present situation and is invaluable for that reason"

Manu Bazzano, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, primary tutor at Metanoia Institute, London, and visiting lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

"Humanistic Psychology: Current Trends and Future Prospects provides its readers with a masterful overview of Humanistic Psychology. Among its contributors are many of the key theorists and practitioners affiliated with the humanistic movement. Just as importantly, however, readers will find a critical thread running throughout the text which, while undoubtedly sympathetic to humanistic psychology's principles and aims, nonetheless urges continual self-challenge in order to maintain the radical visions that are its foundation. All of which makes this a wise and courageous book."

Professor Ernesto Spinelli, ES Associates, London UK.

'This is an absolutely wonderful resource, penned by some of the most influential and respected members of the humanistic field. It shows in vivid terms how the resurgence of humanism is the essential antidote to the increasingly technical and dehumanising provision now dominating our mental health field'.  

Dr James Davies, Reader at the University of Roehampton, author of Cracked: Why Psychiatry Is Doing More Harm than Good