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Making the Most of Counselling & Psychotherapy Placements

Making the Most of Counselling & Psychotherapy Placements

April 2015 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Struggling to secure the right counselling or psychotherapy placement for you?


Unsure of how to deal with complex challenges or how to make sure you get the most out of your placement?


Then you have come to the right place! Packed full of hints and tips, advice, checklists and points for reflection, this practical guide will provide you with those all important answers, and more.


Key content includes:


- History and background of the placement

- How to get the most out of the placement

- Wider professional and ethical considerations

- The placement search, completing the application and tips for the interview

- Managing placement relationships

- Planning for the Future


This one stop shop will provide counselling and psychotherapy trainees with everything they need to know to secure and survive their practice placement.

Defining Placement: Historical Background and Context
Preparing for Placement: Personal, Theoretical and Ethical Considerations
Before You Start: Training Provider and Wider Professional Considerations
The Placement Search, Application and Interview Process
Commencing Placement: Managing Practicalities, Processes and Relationships
Placements in Perspective

The book offers invaluable advice on how to locate a placement and, more importantly, what kinds of issues trainees should be considering as they embark upon clinical placements. I particularly enjoyed the sections on personal readiness, which invites trainees to fully consider the many different way(s) in which engaging with a clinical placement will draw upon their time, finances, ethics, work/life balance and emotional resources. The exercises offered are a particularly useful resource for helping trainees to manage the demands of their training and take account of the level of responsibility involved. The chapter on supervision is also invaluable as it forewarns trainees of the importance of preparation when entering a relationship that involves the dual process of professional support alongside formal assessment.

In all, this book is a much needed resource for all students undergoing clinical placements as part of their therapeutic training. I will recommend it to my own trainees and access it when preparing our own university based Placement Induction Training. 

Alexandra Cross
Senior Lecturer and Placement Co-ordinator, Doctorate In Counselling Psychology Programme, London Metropolitan University

This is a valuable resource for counselling trainees, trainers, supervisors and placement providers. Oldale and Cooke provide a clear, accessible framework including aims and objectives, facilitative activities and further reading. The vignettes are particularly valuable and could help to ease many of the concerns experienced by trainees embarking on counselling placements.

Viv Griffiths
Counselling Teaching Fellow/Placement Officer, University of Keele

This book usefully and clearly summarises much of the accrued wisdom surrounding the role of placements in training and the placement search held by training providers.  The use of student vignettes helps the reader connect to the material on a personal level, and the emphasis on ethics and reflexivity will prepare trainees well for the placement application and interview process.  I will be recommending this book to new students on our counselling and counselling psychology training programmes.


Christine Ramsey-Wade
Senior Lecturer and Post-graduate Placement Manager in Counselling Psychology, UWE

I felt the book was clearly structured and contained much helpful information. I particularly liked the sections on applying for and selecting a placement. The authors have included plenty of opportunities for reflection through practical exercises, and PDF versions have also been helpfully put online. 

Abi Howarth, Counsellor in training
Therapy Today

'Bravo' to the writers of this excellent book, which puts together all the information on student placements in an easy to read, accessible format. Valuable not only for students on counselling and psychotherapy courses, but also for trainers, supervisors and organisations, it offers a wealth of practical information...This is certainly a book I would recommend to my students and it would also be a useful addition to any reading list for trainees in the counselling field. 

Jo Sansby, counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, Central Manchester University Hospitals
Healthcare : Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal

A useful text for anyone preparing for placement. It lets Trainees recognise that they have to evaluate own competency and readiness to go into placement.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
April 29, 2022

This book offers very clear and specific tools which students will be able to implement in their practicum.

Mrs Narissa Philander
Psychology , Cornerstone Institute
February 1, 2016

I wish I had read this before I went into placement. It is an extremely comprehensive tool for both tutor and student

Ms Catherine J Drewer
Learning for Life, Southend Adult Community College
November 19, 2015

A book which addresses a little explored but important topic.

Mrs Sarah Jones
Humanities , Gloucester College of Arts & Tech
March 10, 2016

Useful reading prior and within placement for learners.

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
June 4, 2015

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