In the wake of the movement in the field of counselling towards integrative and eclectic practice the search for unifying theories continues. Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences (MI), only recently applied to the field of counselling, has a contribution to make in evolving a framework for eclecticism. MI theory may also have a particular contribution to make towards helping counsellors strengthen the therapeutic alliance and enhance flexibility in responding to clients' needs. Gaining an understanding of clients' preferred cognitive and communication styles, or 'intelligences', enhances an ability to tailor treatment. This presentation argues that increases in the therapeutic alliance and foundations for eclecticism could emerge from using MI theory and practice, and holds new possibilities for counsellor education.
Pearson, M. (2012). Multiple intelligences, eclecticism and the therapeutic alliance: New possibilities in integrative counsellor education. Paper presented at the BeyondSCAPE: Possibility and necessity in counselling and psychotherapy education. Sydney, NSW, May 26-27, 2012.