The rise of counselling

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.1207b (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1207

More assessment is needed of psychiatric disorders, interventions, and staff skills

  1. A P Boardman
  1. Senior lecturer in social psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, North Staffordshire Hospital, Stoke on Trent ST4 7QB

    EDITOR,—While Simon Wessely identifies several important phenomena in his article on the rise of counselling and the return of alienism, he may not be accurate in his analysis of the surrounding issues.1 He fears that the consequence of the trend of targeting those with severe mental illness will be a reduction in the scope of psychiatry and the skills necessary to practise psychiatry. There is as yet no evidence for a reduction in scope, and referrals of the usual range of …

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