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Touch in the Helping Professions

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’I have recommended this book to a number of different people from a variety of backgrounds and professions.’

Title: Touch in the Helping Professions

Edited by: Martin Rovers, Judith Malette and Manal Guirguis-Younger

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press 

Reviewer: Nicole South, Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University

What was it like?

This book is an exploration of touch in the context of psychotherapy, considering a range of perspectives, the appropriate use and the influence of both social and cultural values. The reader is encouraged to consider the multidimensional aspect of touch and its use in their own lives and that of others. Consideration is given to societal expectations and concerns around touch, as well as therapeutic uses and its place in literature. This collation of ideas is embedded with scholarly evidence, research and expert perspectives creating an interesting and thought provoking read.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

I would like there to be more images within the text to evoke thoughts and feelings around touch. I particularly liked the front cover of the book and feel imagery such as this will appeal to the creative mind.

Who should read it:

I have recommended this book to a number of different people from a variety of backgrounds and professions. This book can aid medical professionals in their consideration of touch and both its therapeutic and detrimental effects.

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