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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.

At the Beginning
At the beginning

People come into counselling training from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some of the more academic of these have been ecology, English literature, social anthropology, theology, drama, psychology, education and philosophy (Thorne and Dryden, 1993). Others have little or no academic training, yet may have lots of practical experience and a real flair for counselling. Some will have had experience of counselling in a voluntary capacity with an agency and will have undergone the agency's training programme. Such programmes can be quite intensive but are unlikely to include much formal written work. Nevertheless, this experience may provide a foretaste of what is to come in a formal training course. People in any of the above groups may also have experienced ...

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