Counselling psychology values and respects client strengths, resilience, and other adaptive capacities. Undoubtedly, positive psychology has a lot to offer to counselling psychology. Although positive psychology has indeed informed the research and practice of counselling psychologists, critics have noted that an overemphasis on “positive” qualities was too simplistic to understand the complexity of human psychological functioning and change processes.
A “second wave” positive psychology has more recently emerged, which questions the dichotomy between positive and negative, challenges the very notion of “positive,” and explores the intricate interplays between so-called positive and negative psychological processes. Such an approach is expected to bring clinically more meaningful implications for Counselling research and practice. Counselling Psychology Quarterly thus invites empirical research articles, research-based systematic reviews, and research-informed conceptual papers relevant to an anticipated special issue or section on the application of a second-wave positive psychology in counselling research and practice.
Empirical papers, both quantitative and qualitative, that advance our knowledge in this area are welcomed, as well as clinical materials illustrating counsellors’ interventions and client change processes.
Areas of further interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
· How a particular psychological trait, quality, and/or process that has traditionally been regarded as “negative” can bring “positive” influences on psychological functioning and change processes in counselling.
· How the dialectic process of “positive” and “negative” captures the complexity of well-being and other important psychological processes in the practice of psychotherapy.
· Narratives of those who are using the ideas of second-wave positive psychology in their practice of psychotherapy (advantages/disadvantages, effect of such experiences personally and professionally, perceived effects on clients, lessons learned, etc.).
· Particular challenges faced when using second-wave psychology as part of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
· How counselling psychologists’ professional training prepares them to make use of principles and ideas of a second-wave positive psychology.
· Multicultural considerations in second-wave positive psychology in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
· Ethical considerations relevant to applying second-wave positive psychology in the context of counselling and psychotherapy practice.
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