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Rogers' Major Practical Contributions
Rogers' major practical contributions

In his editorial commentary to the special issue of the Person-Centered Review celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of client-centred therapy, David Cain commented: ‘Rogers' impact … on the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, education and human relations in general can be variously described as momentous, persuasive, indirect or elusive’ (Cain, 1990: 357). It is true that many of Rogers' theoretical concepts have been absorbed into everyday psychological parlance without any acknowledgement of their origin (for example self-concept, positive regard) and much that was revolutionary in the early years of client-centred therapy is now apparently taken for granted by practitioners of many different therapeutic schools. It is this almost covert influence which leads some therapists to believe that person-centred therapy is ...

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