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This book provides a comprehensive overview of the tasks and the processes of learning and writing required on counseling training courses and in the practice of counseling. The authors cover the entire training period, from choosing a course to the early stages of professional practice. Part I discusses learning skills, methods and approaches, looking at the context for learning, motivation, and experiential learning; Part II focuses on course requirements, the form of written assignmentsùhow to complete them and the difficulties that can be encounteredùas well as covering the basics of writing, including language, form, and style; Part III looks at the involvement of practicing counselors in continued learning and the kinds of writing that they may develop throughout their careers. Clear and accessible, Learning and Writing in Counselling contains a wealth of practical examples, suggestions, and “how-to” material. It will be a supportive and helpful guide to the specific learning and writing skills required by all trainee and practicing counselors.


A student on a counselling skills module, when faced with the requirements for the written assignment, said, in some despair, ‘But what is four thousand words like?’. In this, she summed up very well the problem that can face those who are coming back into education after a long time, or who have never before written a piece that is four thousand words long. It is not possible to imagine the extent of the task until the task itself has been experienced. Thus to embark on the first written assignment may feel like jumping into the unknown.

This book aims to be a companion and guide not only to those who are about to enter counselling training and to trainees as they go through the ...

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