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The Trainee Handbook
A Guide for Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainees

Third Edition
Edited by:


December 2010 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by a team of leading trainers, practitioners and supervisors, this bestselling book provides all the help and advice you'll need as you start and progress through your training in counselling and psychotherapy. It will also be an essential resource as you go on to take your first steps into therapeutic practice.

The book identifies and guides you through the practical skills and knowledge you'll need to make a success of your training - from writing essays, through case formulation, and on to preparing for your first meeting with a client. A further important function of the book is to address and allay the concerns which are common to all students.

Now in its third edition, The Trainee Handbook has been fully updated to take account of the significant changes that have taken place in the therapy professions over the last few years. It now also includes new and important chapters on:

- the dynamics and practicalities of facilitating client referral,

- the processes involved in assessing a client's mental state, and

- useful tips and hints from former trainees.

The Trainee Handbook will be an invaluable companion, and source of information and guidance for all trainees in counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

Sheelagh Strawbridge
Setting the Scene
Ray Woolfe
Mapping Training Routes into Working as a Therapist
Frances Mielewczyk
Effective Essay Writing
Mary Creaner
Handling and Processing a Referral
Yvette Lewis
Assessing a Client's Mental State
Riva Miller
The First Session with a New Client: Five Stages
Sarah Corrie and David A Lane
Constructing Stories about Clients' Needs: Developing Skills in Formulation
Peter du Plessis and Fiona Hirst
Written Communication and Counselling
John Davy
How to Write a Client Case Study
Christine Parrott
How to Write a Process Report
Damian McCann
Supervision: Making It Work for You
Malcolm C Cross and Linda Papadopoulos
What Do I Do if...? Questions Commonly Asked by Trainees
Brett Kahr
The Clinical Placement in Mental-Health Training
Tim Bond
Guidelines for Professional Practice
Mark Donati and Charles Legg
Getting the Most out of Personal Therapy
Dianne Hammersley, Jo Sexton and Charles Legg
Psychopharmacology: A Primer
Don Rawson
Planning, Conducting and Writing up Research
Geof Alred
A Trainee's Perspective
Tami Avis et al
Student Top Tips
Paul Hitchings and Jeremy Ornellas
Preparing for a Job
Sheelagh Strawbridge
Looking to the Future

this is a fantastic book for students on counseling or psychology courses to give a good understanding of practice. not too heavy with good information

Mr Dean McShane
School of Health & Social Care, Chester University
April 4, 2016

A well written book which an excellent guideline for the trainee.

Mrs Marion Farnworth
Education , Hopwood Hall College
February 27, 2016

Great coverage of a range of counsellor training issues. Useful experiential learning ideas for current and future trainees

Miss Hayley McEwan
Psychology , University of the West of Scotland
February 11, 2016

This is a particularly useful book for students wanting to make the most of supervision. I have recommend it to a number of my students and feel that it makes a valuable contribution to practical training literature.

Dr Graham Du Plessis
Department of Psychology, University of Johannesburg
June 24, 2014

use in internship class

Leeza Ong
School Of Education, Marquette University
November 13, 2013

A really good book that is extremely helpful and informative

Dr Derek Farrell
Department of Psychology, Worcester University
October 21, 2013

This book should be any trainee psychotherapist's bible. It covers all major areas that trainees may have queries or anxieties about and addresses these in a straightforward and practical manner.

Ms Malin Sellden
Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
September 23, 2013

This book provides an essential introduction to support an counselling trainee through thier training. It covers many of the practical elements students worry about and need support with.

Mrs Nicola Grass
Dept of Care and Early Years, Weston College
May 24, 2013

This was partially useful for our purposes

Mr Baljeet Gill
Youth and Community, Ruskin College Oxford
October 31, 2012

I view this as an essential teaxt for trainee counsellor / psychotherapists. It has chapters targeted at key stages in the training journey.

Particularly useful are the chapters on writing a case study and writing a process report,

Mrs Madi Ruby
Counselling, Glyndwr University
October 14, 2012

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The Trainee Handbook: Ch. One Setting the Scene


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Robert Bor

Professor Robert Bor trained in the UK, South Africa and the USA. He is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist as well as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a UKCP Registered Family Therapist, having completed his specialist training at the Tavistock Clinic, London and a clinical member of the Institute of Family Therapy, London. He has a special interest in developing psychological support services for those affected by chronic or acute medical conditions, and especially those with cancer.... More About Author

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