James T. Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor
Coordinator, Mental Health Specialization
Oakland University
Department of Counseling
450E Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI 48309 
Phone: (248) 370-3071

Resources

  • Mental Health Specialization: I am the coordinator of the Mental Health Specialization, an advanced program of study offered by the Department of Counseling at Oakland University. To apply to, or obtain information about, the Mental Health Specialization, go to my Mental Health Specialization website.
  • Elective Course: I have developed an elective counseling course that is based on my scholarly interest in philosophical issues in counseling: "Philosophical and Meta-Theoretical Issues in Counseling" (CNS 687). For information about this course, go to my CNS 687 website.
  • ACA Podcast InterviewI have taken part in the American Counseling Association podcast (recorded interview) series.  During the hour long interview, I was asked a series of questions about the topics in my most recent book.  The podcast (#HT041) is entitled Philosophical Issues in Counseling.  The podcast file is available at this ACA website and can be downloaded and played on your computer or mobile device.
  • DSM Debate Videos: Phil O’Dwyer and I publicly debated the usefulness of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) for counselors. Dr. O’Dwyer took the position that the DSM is useful for counselors, and I argued that the DSM is useless (and even damaging) for counselors. A video of the debate is posted on youtube.com in seven parts (total time is about 90 minutes). DSM Debate Videos
  • Resources and Information: For a consolidated list of the resources on this website and additional technology resources (including instructions on submitting papers with Google Docs), go to my Resources and Information website
  • Interests

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Issues in Counseling (particularly [neo]pragmatism, epistemology, and theoretical integration)
  • Critical Analysis of Contemporary Mental Health Culture

  • Degrees
    Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit
    M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Detroit
    B.S., Psychology, Xavier University

    Publications*

    Books

    Hansen, J. T. (2014). Philosophical issues in counseling and psychotherapy: Encounters with four questions about knowing, effectiveness, and truth. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-1-4422-2877-1   [This book was the winner of the 2014 Joe and Lucille Hollis Publications Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling. The Hollis award was established in 1985 to recognize leadership and expertise in publishing in the counseling field that is relevant to the humanistic philosophy in counseling]

    Scholl, M.B., McGowan, A. S, & Hansen, J. T. (Eds.). (2012). Humanistic perspectives on contemporary counseling issues. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-88595-9   [This book was the winner of the 2012 Joe and Lucille Hollis Publications Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling. The Hollis award was established in 1985 to recognize leadership and expertise in publishing in the counseling field that is relevant to the humanistic philosophy in counseling]

    Book Chapters

    Hansen, J. T.  (2013).  The future of humanism: Cultivating the humanities’ impulse in mental health culture.  In R. House, D. Kalisch, & J. Maidman (Eds.), The future of humanistic psychology  (pp. 86-92).  UK: PCCS Books.  ISBN: 978-1906254650

    Scholl, M.B., McGowan, A.S., & Hansen, J.T. (2012).  Introduction to humanistic perspectives on contemporary counseling issues.  In M.B. Scholl, A.S. McGowan, & J.T. Hansen    (Eds.), Humanistic perspectives on contemporary counseling issues (pp. 3-14).  New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-88595-9

    Scholl, M.B., McGowan, A.S., & Hansen, J.T. (2012).  Epilogue.  In M.B. Scholl, A.S. McGowan, & J.T. Hansen (Eds.), Humanistic perspectives on contemporary counseling issues (pp. 307-313).  New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-88595-9

    Journal Articles

    Hansen, J. T., Speciale, M., & Lemberger, M. (in press).  Humanism: The foundation and future of professional counseling.  Journal of Humanistic Counseling.

    Hansen, J. T. (2014). Talking about counseling: A plea to return to humanistic language
    Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 53, 22-33.  doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2014.00047.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2013). What does it mean to know a client? Personal and theoretical reflectionsSelf & Society: An International Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 40, 40-47.

    Hansen, J. T. (2012). The future of humanism: Cultivating the humanities' impulse in mental health cultureSelf & Society: An International Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 40, 21-25.
    [This article inspired a debate with John Rowan, which was published in the following issue of the journal]

    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Extending the humanistic vision: Toward a humanities foundation for the counseling professionJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 133-144. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00011.x
    [A special issue of JHC is devoted to this article, counterpoint responses, my rejoinders, and replies to my rejoinders. An abbreviated version of this article appeared in the October 2010 issue of Counseling Today]. In addition to my primary article, I also contributed the following articles to this special issue:
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Rejoinder to Guterman, Martin, and KoppJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 155-160. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00013.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Rejoinder to LembergerJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 176-179. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00016.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Rejoinder to Brady-AmoonJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 197-201. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00019.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Rejoinder to LeibertJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 217-222. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00022.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Rejoinder to V. SuthakaranJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 241-245. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00025.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2012). Extending the humanistic vision: Closing thoughtsJournal of Humanistic Counseling, 51, 251-254. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2012.00027.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Multiplicity and its discontents: Life on the counseling farmInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 32, 240-247. doi: 10.1007/s10447-010-9103-3

    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Ideas on the margins: Professional counseling and ideological insularityInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 32, 214-224. doi: 10.1007/s10447-010-9102-4

    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Counseling practice: In defense of passive modes of professional engagementJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 49, 5-15. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2010.tb00083.x 

    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Inner subjective experiences and social constructionism: A response to Rudes and Guterman (2007)Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 210-213. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2010.tb00011.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Counseling and psychoanalysis: Advancing the value of diversityJournal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 38, 16-26. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1912.2010.tb00110.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2010). Consequences of the postmodernist vision: Diversity as the guiding value for the counseling professionJournal of Counseling & Development, 88, 101-107. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2010.tb00156.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2009). On displaced humanists: Counselor education and the meaning-reduction pendulumJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 48, 65-76. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2009.tb00068.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2009). Self-awareness revisited: Reconsidering a core value of the counseling professionJournal of Counseling & Development, 87, 186-193. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2009.tb00566.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2008). Copying and coping conceptualizations of language: Counseling and the ethic of appreciation for human differencesInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 30, 249-261. doi:10.1007/s10447-008-9061-1

    Hansen, J. T. (2008). Neopragmatic thought and counseling values: Reconsidering the role of values in counseling from an alternative epistemological foundation.Counseling and Values, 52, 100-112. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2008.tb00094.x
    [I served as Guest Editor for this special issue of the journal, which was devoted to counseling and philosophy with an emphasis on values]. I also contributed the following article, which introduces the special issue:
    Hansen, J. T. (2008). Introduction to the special issueCounseling and Values, 52, 98-99. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2008.tb00093.x
    Hansen, J. T. (2007). Relational and transcendental humanism: Exploring the consequences of a thoroughly pragmatic humanismJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 46, 131-141. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2007.tb00031.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2007). Counseling without truth: Toward a neopragmatic foundation for counseling practiceJournal of Counseling & Development, 85, 423-430. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2007.tb00610.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2007). Should counseling be considered a health care profession? Critical thoughts on the transition to a health care ideologyJournal of Counseling & Development, 85, 286-293. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2007.tb00476.x
    [Reprinted in the October 2007 edition of Therapy Today, the national publication of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy]

    Hansen, J. T. (2007). Epistemic contradictions in counseling theories: Implications for the structure of human experience and counseling practiceCounseling and Values, 51, 111-124. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2007.tb00069.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2006). Discovery and creation within the counseling process: Reflections on the timeless nature of the helping encounterJournal of Mental Health Counseling, 28, 289-308.

    Hansen, J. T. (2006). Humanism as moral imperative: Comments on the role of knowing in the helping encounterJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 45, 115-125. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2006.tb00011.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2006). Counseling theories within a postmodernist epistemology: New roles for theories in counseling practiceJournal of Counseling & Development, 84, 291-297. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2006.tb00408.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2006). Humanism as ideological rebellion: Deconstructing the dualisms of contemporary mental health cultureJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 45, 3-16. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-1939.2006.tb00001.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2006). Is the best practices movement consistent with the values of the counseling profession? A critical analysis of best practices ideology.Counseling and Values, 50, 154-160. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-007X.2006.tb00051.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2005). The devaluation of inner subjective experiences by the counseling profession: A plea to reclaim the essence of the professionJournal of Counseling & Development, 83, 406-415. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2005.tb00362.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2005). Truth or consequences: A neopragmatic critique of contemporary mental health cultureJournal of Mental Health Counseling, 27, 210-220.

    Hansen, J. T. (2005). Postmodernism and humanism: A proposed integration of perspectives that value human meaning systemsJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 44, 3-15. doi: 10.1002/j.2164-490X.2005.tb00052.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2004). Thoughts on knowing: Epistemic implications of counseling practiceJournal of Counseling & Development, 82, 131-138. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2004.tb00294.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2003). Including diagnostic training in counseling curricula: Implications for professional identity developmentCounselor Education and Supervision, 43, 96-107. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6978.2003.tb01834.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2002). Postmodern implications for theoretical integration of counseling orientationsJournal of Counseling & Development, 80, 315-321. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6678.2002.tb00196.x

    Hansen, J. T. (2000). Human responses in assessing object relations subscales of the psychoanalytic Rorschach profilePsychological Reports, 87, 675-676. doi:10.2466/PR0.87.6.675-676

    Hansen, J. T. (2000). Mental health counseling: Comments on the emerging identity of an adolescent professionJournal for the Professional Counselor, 15, 39-51.

    Hansen, J. T. (2000). Psychoanalysis and humanism: A review and critical examination of integrationist efforts with some proposed resolutionsJournal of Counseling & Development, 78, 21-28. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2000.tb02556.x

    Hansen, J. T. (1999). A review and critical analysis of humanistic approaches to treating disturbed clientsJournal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development, 38, 29-38. doi: 10.1002/j.2164-490X.1999.tb00159.x

    Hansen, J. T. (1998). Do mental health counselors require training in the treatment of mentally disordered clients? A challenge to the conclusions of Vacc, Loesch, and GuilbertJournal of Mental Health Counseling, 20, 183-188.

    Hansen, J. T. (1997). The counseling process and the management of countertransference anxiety with disturbed clientsJournal of Mental Health Counseling, 19, 364-372.

    Hansen, J. T. (1997). The impact of managed care on the therapeutic identity of psychotherapistsPsychotherapy in Private Practice,16, 53-65. doi:10.1300/J294v16n03_04 

    Hansen, J. T. (1997). Questions frequently asked about the internet for counselorsMichigan Journal of Counseling and Development, 25, 17-19.

    Hansen, J. T., & Slevin, C. (1996). The implementation of therapeutic community principles in acute care psychiatric hospitals: An empirical analysis and recommendations to cliniciansJournal of Clinical Psychology, 52, 673-678. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-4679(199611)52:6<673::AID-JCLP9>3.0.CO;2-L

    Hansen, J. T. (1991). Autoerotism to secondary narcissism: Clarifying the developmental linePsychoanalytic Review, 78, 225-236.

    (*Notes: To obtain information about my books or copies of my articles, click on the links in the referencesMy Google Scholar Page with citation information)

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