Touch in the Helping Professions: Research, Practice and Ethics
DIGITAL BOOK. A discussion on the importance and ethics of positive, caring, and appropriate touch in professions such as teaching, nursing and counselling.
Touch in the Helping Professions: Research, Practice and Ethics: Abstract
Edited by: Martin Rovers, Judith Malette, Manal Guirguis-Younger
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.
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