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Personal Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy
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Personal Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy



© 2012 | 184 pages | Learning Matters
There is an increased emphasis on self awareness and self care in counselling and psychotherapy training, with a focus on how the therapist as a person affects the therapeutic outcome. This timely book responds to these complex issues and is designed to help counselling students, trainees and graduates with integrating their personal development into their professional planning. There are chapters on bringing the Self into therapy, choosing the right training and how to succeed as an accredited practitioner. Activities and research summaries throughout give this book a fully-integrated approach ideal for busy students.
 
Introduction
 
What is Personal Development?
 
The 'Good Enough' Therapist
 
Trust and Support for Personal and Professional Growth
 
The Anatomy of Healing
 
Theory and The Therapist as a Person
 
Accountability and Transparency
Marie Adams
Placing Ourselves in Context: Research as a Personal Narrative
Beverley Costa
A Therapeutic Journey Across Cultural and Linguistic Borderlands
 
Being a Listener with a Voice
 
Taking Charge of Your Own Learning and Development
 
Conclusion

Students particularly enjoy the case studies and linking the theory to practice. Personal development is key to any career and students are encouraged to reflect on their own personal development throughout the course. This book provides a variety of reflection points and activities that engage students in their own learning process. The reflection points can also be used by lecturers during class to focus students' learning.

Dr Helen Nicholas
Psychology Department, Worcester University
March 17, 2016

Highly appropriate material for students experiencing personal development through counselling training.

Mrs denise hardy
Dept of Counselling, Redcar & Cleveland College
November 16, 2015

A fantastic personal development book. Easy to read and understand.

Miss Nicola Lord
department of health, preston collage
March 9, 2015

Required reading for counselling students- very few suitable texts on this subject availiable

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
August 11, 2014

As personal development is an essential part of the leaning via the courses we deliver this book has been recommended for students. Many of the exercises from the book are planned into self-awareness sessions on the scheme of work

Ms Stella Burgoyne
Business & Professional Studies, Blackpool and the Fylde College
March 31, 2014

This text provides students with a good introduction to different elements of personal development in a counselling context.

Mrs Suzan Flannery
Counselling, Bromley College of FE & HE
November 21, 2013

found this accessable and easy for students to read covered subject matter clearly

Miss Maria Punt
HCPS, South Essex College
September 25, 2013

Excellent and very clear text introducing students to the idea of personal development. Easy to follow, with suggested activities which really do assist the reader in getting to grips with this sometimes hazy topic.

Mr Ian Townsend
Counselling, Blackburn College
June 22, 2013

This has been a valuable resource in supporting counselling certificate students in understanding the vital significance of the personal development of the therapist. The chapter focussing on 'trust and support for personal and professional growth' stimulated a particularly useful exercise for students involving application of the ethical principles of counselling and psychotherapy to themselves eg Am I being true to myself?(Fidelity). The chapter on 'reflective writing' was used to help students to think about ways that they might explore personal and course material in their learning journals. The 'therapeutic journey across cultural and linguistic borderlands' assisted exploration of working with difference in the therapeutic relationship. A useful resource for students and tutors.

Ms Helene Baker
counse, City Lit
February 21, 2013

Good book for exploring what personal development means/entails in counselling training. Will be recommending.

Ms Stephanie Revell
Health and Wellbeing, University of Cumbria
November 13, 2012

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