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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.

Writing about Practice
Writing about practice

An important element of any course in counselling is counselling practice. The word practice derives from a Greek word meaning ‘fit for action’. It can convey two meanings in the context of being on a counselling course. We can talk about practising before the main event, like a pianist practising before a concert. In this sense, you practise when working with your colleagues on the course, perhaps in small groups or in threes with the roles of client, counsellor and observer, perhaps using audio- or video-tapes which can be reviewed together with feedback being given. A second meaning of the word practice is ‘actual performance’ or the exercise of a profession. Some counsellors will describe their work by saying they ...

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