• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Our Experience of Writing This Book
Our experience of writing this book

In this final chapter, we would like to give a taste of how it has been for us during the process of writing this book. One reason is to dispel any notion that we are above all the failings and difficulties that you might be experiencing in the course of your own writing work. We know them, too. The second reason is that, if you are reading this far, then we have written this far, and therefore we have actually made it, we have completed the book. We hope that you can take heart from this.

An earlier version of one of the chapters in this book contained the following story:

An old woodcarver carved wonderful, ...

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