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The Personal Development Group The Student's Guide

by Chris Rose

The Personal Development Group The Student's Guide Synopsis

The personal development group is a feature of many counselling and psychotherapy trainings. How does it facilitate personal development? Could it be more effective? Looking from the perspective of the student, this book offers an insight into the workings of the group and the communications that take place within it. The complex relationship between group and individual is explored in the wider context of culture and society. Through examples and exercises, readers can learn about themselves as they learn about the group processes that they are experiencing. The author charts the course of a PD group through various stages, dealing with fundamental themes such as conflict, authority, resistance and difference. The task is always to keep in focus both the individual experience and the group process. This dual perspective provides group members with important resources to understand and make better use of their own PD group. The elusive task of personal development is vital to the formation of competent counsellors and psychotherapists. Any course that has a PD group will benefit from the understandings that the book can offer, irrespective of theoretical model.

The Personal Development Group The Student's Guide Press Reviews

'Every student who is a member of a Personal Development Group should be given this book. It is clear, light-hearted, non-judgmental yet rigorous in its application of theory to practice. Exercises are provided to enable the student to explore his or her own understanding of the relationships that develop in the group and how these reflect the student's own past and present experiences. An invaluable help on a significant journey.' - Jane Campbell, Co-Director of the Turvey Institute of Group-Analytic Psychotherapy 'At last a book that provides a coherent and articulate discussion of what personal development groups are for and a guide for students to enable them get the greatest possible benefit from such a group. Essential reading for all students of counselling and psychotherapy and a perfect fit with the new core curriculum.' - Sue Wheeler, Director of Counselling and Psychotherapy programme, Institute of Lifelong Learning, University of Leicester

Book Information

ISBN: 9781855755352
Publication date: 1st February 2008
Author: Chris Rose
Publisher: Karnac Books an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 166 pages
Categories: Psychology,

About Chris Rose

Chris Rose offers supervision and counselling to the University of Warwick student counselling team and the Solihull College counselling training team (UK). She is a regular contributor to the monthly BACP journal 'Therapy Today'.

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