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Person-Centred Counselling Training by Dave Mearns
  

Person-Centred Counselling Training

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Person-Centred Counselling Training by Dave Mearns

`This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading not only for those involved in the training of counsellors within the person-centred approach, but also for individuals who may have simplistic, dismissive or otherwise ill-informed notions of the depth of self-awareness required of the person-centred practitioner and the far-reaching challenges offered by the approach. For counsellors who define themselves as person-centred but who have had no substantial training, it should be compulsory reading' - British Journal of Guidance & Counselling Person-centred counselling probably requires more training - and a greater intensity of training - than most other mainstream counselling approaches, but until now no one book has concentrated solely on the principles, practices and requirements of training person-centred counsellors. Dave Mearns has drawn on the lived experiences of both trainers and trainees to demonstrate the potential range and importance of training in this field. The material covered includes selecting and supporting trainers, selecting course members, skills development, supervision and other professional issues - essential features of all counsellor training, but of particular relevance to the person-centred approach. Written expressly for both trainees and trainers, this book also extends and develops current thinking within the approach, and will be a valuable resource for all person-centred practitioners.

Reviews

`When Mearns writes about how to help students develop into effective counsellors, such as aiding the growth of self-acceptance, congruency and self-assessment, and how trainers should be responsible to but not for that development, his ideas are sharp, thought-provoking and very relevant to today; and his concern to develop counsellors who are competent and open as people, and eager to continue that self-development to increase their professional competence, means that this book is very relevant for clinical psychology, its trainers and for psychologists when they train themselves and other professions' - Clinical Psychology Forum

`Mearns
book is accessible and readable

... clearly grounded in person-centred theory... from the first sentence, the reader is invited into a relationship with the author, who communicates his experiences and ideas with a distinct personal style, humour and humility. Excellent use is made of experiences of training, from both trainers and trainees, which often illustrate opposite experiences of the same events, thus reminding the reader of the importance of phenomenological realities, one of the philosophical foundations of the PCA... it is to be hoped that this book will make the contribution to raising standards in counsellor training which it undoubtedly represents and deserves - especially of courses which presume a philosophical bond with the PCA. While it is predominantly of interest to person-centred practitioners.... I commend this book to trainers from other theoretical orientations as a rare example of an experienced, considered and reflective overview of all aspects of counsellor training' - Counselling, The Journal of the British Association for Counselling

`This excellent book... is the first to have been written on the subject of person-centred counselling training, and it combines a passionate commitment to the philosophy and therapeutic efficacy of the person-centred approach with a pragmatic and detailed account of how best to train future practitioners within the context of modern institutions, organizations and systems of accountability. It is an extremely honest and unpretentious work which raises as many questions as it provides answers, and it is enriched by lively illustrations and examples from Dave Mearns
own experience and that of his trainees

... as a trainer I was inspired by the energy, enthusiasm and rigour that Mearns applies to his training work, and found this book a fertile ground for both the validation and questioning of my own practice' - Val Simanowitz, Self & Society

`The beauty of the book is that it puts into words those skills and passions that make up the approach. It also lays out clearly the crazy-paved path that leads one through the experience of gaining the required skills. Mearns... maintains a high degree of regard for students in training and for their innate wisdom. As a student myself, this encouraged me in my competence and skills' - Janine Cooper, Self & Society

`This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading not only for those involved in the training of counsellors within the person-centred approach, but also for individuals who may have simplistic, dismissive or otherwise ill-informed notions of the depth of self-awareness required of the person-centred practitioner and the far-reaching challenges offered by the approach. For counsellors who define themselves as person-centred but who have had no substantial training, it should be compulsory reading' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

`This new book fills a huge void in the counselling literature by considering, in a creative and systematic manner, how the training of person-centred counsellors can be consistent with the principles, philosophy, theory and practice of the person-centred approach in all respects. Dave Mearns never compromises the spirit or the letter of the PCA as he details how the training of person-centred counselling can respect the inner resources of individual trainees, nurture them and respect individual differences, yet help them gain the skills and confidence they need. The book has an added and welcome dimension when trainees are given the opportunity to speak for themselves. Their words... speak very openly of the struggles and achievements of going through a process that demands such personal commitment and, at times, great courage. Mearns is concerned to prepare people to work at what he calls relational depth with clients. Not for him the surface skimming of skills training alone that so often masquerades as counsellor training. Here is a consideration of the issues within person-centred counselling that demonstrates Dave's deep immersion in its philosophy and practice over many years, and his respect for its complexity... If you run a course of person-centred counselling training, or are thinking about it, or are a student on a person-centred course, you should buy this book. It is the first dedicated to person-centred training, and it is written by one of the very few people in the country who could have presented such complex material so comprehensively and with such clarity' - Person-Centred Practice


About the Author

Dave Mearns is formerly Director of the Counselling Unit and Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Dave is author or co-author of four other counselling books published by SAGE: Person-Centred Counselling in Action, Second Edition, Experiences of Counselling in Action, Person-Centred Counselling Training and Person-Centred Therapy Today: New Frontiers in Theory and Practice.

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Publication date

14th November 1997

Author

Dave Mearns

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Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Psychotherapy
Education: care & counselling of students

ISBN

9780761952916

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