`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther

Training in a Core Theoretical Model is Essential

Training in a Core Theoretical Model is Essential

Training in a core theoretical model is essential

This chapter is written drawing on my experience of working with the British Association for Counselling (BAC) Courses Accreditation Group, latterly as the Co-Chair of the group and inevitably on my experience as a counsellor trainer. Contrary to Colin Feltham, who has argued both in this book and elsewhere (Feltham, 1997a) against the need for a core theoretical model for counselling or psychotherapy training, I support the notion that such courses should define and then adhere to a coherent model that influences all aspects of the training, but I am not prescriptive about what that model should be. In developing my argument in favour of a core theoretical model, I ...

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