‘This is a useful book for those who use person-centred counselling in their practice, or who are training to become person-centred counsellors’ - Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Journal of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Developing Person-Centred Counselling
Second Edition is designed to help counsellors improve their skills within the person-centred approach. Written by Dave Mearns, leading person-centred expert and bestselling author, the Second Edition has been fully revised and updated taking account of developments in person-centred practice.
With new chapters on growth and transference, the book covers the subjects which are central to person-centred training:
the core conditions; therapeutic alliance; development of the counsellor; therapeutic process; the person-centred approach in relation to psychopathology.
Supported by case material and examples from practice, each part of the book presents the counsellor with practical, and often challenging ideas, which encourage him/her to think carefully about his/her practice and how to improve it.
Developing Person-Centred Counselling, Second Edition is a highly practical and inspiring resource for trainees and practitioners alike.
Chapter 11: Using the Large Unstructured Group to Develop Congruence in Person-Centred Training
Using the Large Unstructured Group to Develop Congruence in Person-Centred Training
Congruence is generally accepted as the most difficult of the therapeutic conditions to develop. Early in the counsellor's development there is a tendency to portray an empathic and accepting way of being (see Section 6). As development continues there is a need for the person-centred counsellor to break through this inclination towards portrayal of empathy and unconditional positive regard so that when the counsellor [Page 43]chooses to relate in this way, for example in a counselling setting, the endeavour will be wholly congruent. This attention to the development of congruence and the forsaking of mere portrayal of empathy and unconditional positive regard is one of ...