`This thoughtful and thought-provoking book is essential reading not only for those involved in the training of counsellors within the person-centred approach, but also for individuals who may have simplistic, dismissive or otherwise ill-informed notions of the depth of self-awareness required of the person-centred practitioner and the far-reaching challenges offered by the approach. For counsellors who define themselves as "person-centred" but who have had no substantial training, it should be compulsory reading' - British Journal of Guidance and Counselling Person-centred counselling probably requires more training - and a greater intensity of training - than most other mainstream counselling approaches, but

The Large Group Meeting

The large group meeting

When the Governor care in and saw the scene after the stabbing he ordered the prisoners to be locked up in their cells immediately. But Big Malky [a screw] stepped in and said ‘That's not the way we do things here – we'll have a Community Meeting.’

(Boyle, 1994)

In Jimmy Boyle's account of the time following the stabbing of one prisoner by another in Barlinnie Prison's ‘Special Unit’, the prisoners and screws responded to a potentially destructive crisis by investing in the ‘Community Meeting’, which had become possibly their only source of hope.

In counselling training, course members are often equivocal at best about community meeting time. For the course members the community meeting may represent a confusing experience for ...

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