1st Edition

Humanistic Psychology Current Trends and Future Prospects

Edited By Richard House, David Kalisch, Jennifer Maidman Copyright 2018
    338 Pages
    by Routledge

    338 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    PART I

    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



    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