From the Back Cover
A bystander is someone who does not become involved when someone else needs help. This book investigates the meaning of bystanding behaviour in ordinary life as well as in counselling psychology and psychotherapeutic practice, its supervision and organization. It is about helping and not helping, giving and getting help, and some ways of thinking and acting in our increasingly complex moral world. Bystanding is seen as a major way in which people disempower themselves and others. It works at the juncture of the individual and the collective, the person and the group, the citizen and the state, the patient and the psychotherapist.
This book provides an exploration of the psychological and social costs of convenience–neutrality, non–involvement or avoidance of responsibility and gives some guidelines on dealing with the difficult issues of bystanding in ourselves and others.
About the Author
Dr Clarkson is a Consultant Chartered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist with 25 years experience as a psychotherapist, accredited supervisor and an accredited organisational consultant. She is an international visiting lecturer/supervisor; the author/editor of ten books and ninety professional papers; the founder of several major organisations in the field; Chair of the British Psychological Society Counselling Psychology Diploma Examinations Board and Honorary Reader in the Psychology of Supervision at Surrey University.