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Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Reflective Writing in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Second Edition (Updated Edition)

September 2018 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this book Jeannie Wright takes readers on a journey from how to start writing, through the various approaches, on to how to deal with obstacles, and how to maintain reflective enquiry as a professional habit. Reflective writing exercises, case studies and ideas for self-directed learning will help readers practice and apply their skills. This second edition includes more content on: 
  • the new Ethical Framework
  • technological developments impacting counselling
  • diversity and difference in the therapeutic relationship

This book is an essential how-to guide for trainees and practitioners that provides them with all the tools they need to develop writing for reflective practice.

Part I: Maps
Chapter 1: Preparing for the journey
Chapter 2: Why take the journey?
Chapter 3: Preparing for the adventure
Chapter 4: Starting out: how to write reflectively
Chapter 5: Writing to identify prejudice
Part II: Navigation
Chapter 6: With company or travelling alone?
Chapter 7: Writing the past: autobiographical memories
Chapter 8: Here and now: writing the present
Part III: Signposts
Chapter 9: Looking back to look forward: writing the future
Chapter 10: Getting stuck: how to deal with blocks, overcoming obstacles and general difficulties
Chapter 11: Supervision, reflexive and reflective writing
Chapter 12: Assessment: signposts for assessing personal development writing

The structure of this book is excellent, taking a student for preparing to write reflectively through different approaches and what to do with blocks. I really liked the chapter on Writing to Identify Prejudice, and used some of the approaches in lecture exploring unconscious bias. Highly recommended.

Ms Diana Conroy
College of health and social care, Derby University
March 8, 2021

Reflective practice is a key part of the student's development.

Ms Edna Ogundare
Counselling and Psychology, City Lit
January 15, 2020

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preparing for the Journey

Jeannie Wright

Jeannie Wright PhD is Visiting Professor at the University of Malta.  She has been involved in counsellor education for over thirty years and has been writing what she couldn’t say for more years than that. She has developed practice-based research in counselling and writing for therapeutic purposes in seven different universities in the UK,Europe, the South Pacific and most recently at the University of Malta. She was Associate Professor in Counselling at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand while writing the first edition of this book. The second edition is more Maltese in flavour. More About Author