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Therapeutic Touch : Research, Practice and Ethics - (Paperback)

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Physical touch comes into play in almost every helping relationship. We are physical beings with a body and a sense of touch, which connects us to everything physical in our world. One approach to touch in the helping professions is to remove touch completely from counselling and teaching. Yet, we know that the absence of caring touch can produce physical as well as emotional and spiritual atrophy and even death. There is therefore a growing body of research that indicates that caring touch is necessary for humans to function and thrive. This multi-voiced edited volume treats the issue of human touch in a critical and comprehensive way, exploring theory, research, practice, and ethical issues. It offers an empirically - and theoretically - based understanding of touch and its role in the human experience, and includes different perspectives, such as the physiological, psychological, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. The diverse authors of this volume address the complex and sometimes controversial issue by examining different aspects and contexts of touch, including: supervision, ethics, palliative care, counselling in marriage and family therapy.
Number of Pages: 254.0
Genre: Health + Wellness, Social Science
Series Title: Health and Society
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Ottawa Pr
Language: English
Street Date: August 22, 2017
TCIN: 52812546
UPC: 9780776625478
Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-0581

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