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The Trainee Handbook

The Trainee Handbook
A Guide for Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainees

Fourth Edition
Edited by:

January 2017 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Written by a team of leading trainers, practitioners, and supervisors, this best-selling classic is the trainee therapist’s best friend. It identifies and guides trainees through the practical skills and knowledge they'll need to make a success of their training—from writing essays, through case formulation, and on to preparing for their first meeting with a client. Along the way, it addresses and allays the concerns which are common to all students.

Now in its Fourth Edition, the book has been fully updated to take account of the significant changes in the therapy professions in recent years.

It now includes new and important chapters on:
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Working with diversity
  • Reflective practice
  •  Using social media, technology and online therapy

The Trainee Handbook is an invaluable companion for all trainees in counselling, psychotherapy, and counselling psychology, as well as newly-qualified therapists entering into practice.

Sheelagh Strawbridge
Setting the scene
Tony Ward
Routes into the profession of counselling, counselling psychology and psychotherapy in the United Kingdom
Susan Maise Strauss
The trainee experience
Tami Avis, Fran Smith, Genevieve Solomou and Ingrid Sorhus
Students top tips
Mark Donati and Charles Legg
Getting the most out of personal therapy
Frances Mielewczyk
Effective essay writing
John Davy
How to write a client case study
Christine Parrott
How to write a process report
Don Rawson
Planning and preparing your research study
Don Rawson
Producing and presenting your research report
Tim Bond
Guidelines for professional practice
Margaret Oakes
Research, practice and reflection
Victoria E. Galbraith
The clinical placement in therapy training
Mary Creaner
Handling and processing a referral
Sarah Corrie and David A. Lane
Developing skills in formulation
Robert Bor, Sara Chaudry and (the late) Riva Miller
The first session with a new client: five stages
Yvette Lewis
Assessing a client's mental state
Diane Hammersley, Jo Sexton and Charles Legg
Psychopharmacology: a primer
Peter Du Plessis and Fiona Hirst
Written communication and counselling
Damian McCann
Supervision: making it work for you
Malcolm C. Cross and Linda Papadopoulos
What do I do if ... ? Questions commonly asked by trainees
Elaine Kasket
Preparing for a job after professional registration
Martin Milton
Working with diversity: enhancing practice and challenging oppression
Mary Watts
The reflective practitioner: some personal reflections
Barabara Hannigan
Setting the scene for continuing professional development (CPD) and life-long learning
Anne Stokes
The use of social media, technology and online therapy
Sheelagh Strawbridge
Looking to the future

I found the Trainee Handbook really useful for the students that I work with.  It is well set out from setting the scene to future job role as a counsellor.  I’m aware that it isn’t necessarily for Level 2 students but some aspects are and the students found them to be very useful.  Some specific headings that are used in counselling may help such as contracting.


Baljeet Singh Gill
Ruskin College, Oxford

I welcome this fourth edition which will continue to function as a key support for trainees as they navigate their way through a range of professional issues and course requirements.  There are some important updates in this edition, and a review of many key topics that span philosophical, theoretical, ethical and practical matters.  In my view, an excellent and timely resource.


Prof. Vanja Orlans
Programme Leader, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (DCPsych), Metanoia Institute, London.

For many years Bor and Watt’s Handbook serves as the best entry point to counseling, counseling psychology, and psychotherapy training for students embarking on the journey. This new edition again thoroughly covers relevant topics and issues, is well-updated and offers plenty of practical and valuable tips to students. I highly recommend it as the book to have when starting your training!


Dr. Ladislav Timulak
Course Director, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

This is a very welcome and perceptive addition to the range of available books on counselling training. I like the way the text accompanies students on their journey and helps readers to reflect on a whole range of areas that will support them in their counselling development.

Ms Sally Riggall
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
November 20, 2017

Very good up to date information. A recommended text for all student's

Miss sharron stillyards
health and social care, northlindsey college
October 10, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter Four: Student top tips