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.
Chapter 12: Motivation, Concentration and Writing Block
Motivation, Concentration and Writing Block
In the previous chapter we have looked at some behavioural and cognitively based ways of tackling difficulties with work. At times, however, the difficulties seem to be more pervasive and harder to pin down. In this chapter we look at problems concerning motivation, concentration and that peculiar form of paralysis known as ‘writing block’.
Walking back home from the shops, one of the authors was thinking about motivation and what she would like to say about it. She recalled mentioning ‘motivation’ previously (Chapter 1) and, on reaching home, re-read it. The aspect of motivation highlighted earlier, ‘that which incites to action’, is connected with intention and purpose. It is likely to be necessary to revisit this ...