Personal Development in Counsellor Training
- Hazel Johns - University of Bristol, UK
Counsellor Trainer & Supervisor
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.
I have found this book to be a great source of information for planning personal development lessons. The questions for both trainee and trainer are insightful and create great discussion and personal development opportunities. This book covers a number of key considerations and literature relating to counselling training.
This is a useful reference book for tutors and students. It gives a comprehensive overview of the issues that arise when taking part in personal development groups.
This has been a very useful text for students who are studying Level 3 Counselling Skills and beyond.
It gives them some very useful insights.
Tutors and students have found this an interesting book and we recommend this to any students progressing to full counseling qualifications.
An excellence book to be a recommended reading material for a new counselor or a trainee counselor. Could be considered as a self help guide for trainee counselors and also a nice guide book for counselor educators.
This text has been added to our recommended reading list to encourage students to reflect on their personal development and self-awareness
An excellent text for tutors to recommend to student counsellors.
This book was used through the course and was an essential read
Given the many changes in society, in counselling & psychotheray, psychology and related fields, this is a well-written, well-structured, timely reminder that despite these changes - the contribution personal development makes to the the training of counsellors is more important than ever. The use of 'boxed' chapter beginnings and summaries is an excellent aid - making it more accessable to the reader/trainer who might be skimming the book for guidlines. In addition, I particularly liked the use of questions at the end of each chapter - not only for the trainers - but for the trainees and general questions. Fundamental questions like; ''Why personal development'' are asked and pondered. in this age of digital and mobile technology, pertinent questions like ''Is the internet chaning the way we think, concentrate and communicate - and how this impacts on counselling and psychotherapy today are considered. Chapter 10 is specifically useful to the trainer of counselling and psyhchotherapy; giving lots of visual aids by means of boxed examples. Well organised and written in a clearly accessible and engaging style. A must for me and my training institution.
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?"
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 The Contexts of Counselling Training