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Personal Development in Counsellor Training

Personal Development in Counsellor Training

Second Edition

January 2012 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Within the contexts of contmeporary counseling training, this book revisits the importance of continuing personal and professional development for every successful counseling practitioner. From the trainee and their personal development to the trainer and their course, it provides the answers to that all important question: what is personal and professional development and why is it necessary for counselors?

This new edition explores:

" the importance of personal development and the core concepts that underpin it

" the aims, commonalities and differences of personal development in different settings

" the key differences in theoretical approaches and their implications for personal development

" the issue of communication and relationship between counselors and professional organizations, society, and the 'virtual' world

" the trainee and trainer and the challenges of personal development.

Packed full of vivid accounts of personal experiences, questions and points for refection, this book will prove an essential companion for anyone wishing to grow personally and professionally as a therapist.

The Contexts of Counselling Training
Why Personal Development ?
Communication and Relationships in the 2010s
Counselling Training: Aims and Levels
Theoretical Differences and Personal Development
Trainees and Personal Development
Trainers and Their Courses
A Curriculum for Personal Development: Contradiction or Paradox?
Personal Development through Individual Exploration
Personal Development through Structured Activities
Personal Development through Groups

We have recommended this book to our trainee counsellors as we have found that they will often 'do' personal development just because they are supposed to and do not embrace the importance of life-long personal development for therapists. This book is helpful in getting them to question (and answer) for themselves "Why do I need to do Personal Development?"

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
August 6, 2012

excellent resource for students

Mrs Debbie Forde
Community Studies, Truro College
July 31, 2012

a helpful book for both students and counselling tutors

Mrs Mary Sherrill
Health & Social Care, Tresham Institute
June 18, 2012

This book is well structured and easy to follow. The questions at the end of each chapter pose some very interesting points for discussion in lectures. Students and lecturers felt it would be helpful to use as an aid to their studies but not essential.

Ms Jo-Anne Graham
Training Department, Southampton Counselling Ltd
May 29, 2012

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